After a spring of FAFSA issues for college-bound students, counselors worry about a ‘summer melt’

“I’m still around if you need help.”

In between handshakes and hugs, Federico Rangel spread that message on Tuesday to Denver West High School students and families celebrating graduation at the BellCo Theater. Rangel, a Denver Scholarship Foundation college adviser, knows that after all the smiles and excitement fade, the summer will mean more challenges for his students trying to get to college.

Many students across the country are heading into the summer still figuring out their college future after a botched rollout of the revamped FAFSA form this year. That’s increased concerns about “summer melt” — a common problem where students who say they intend to go to college don’t get there — especially among students from low-income backgrounds.

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