Inside the blunders that plunged the college admission season into disarray

For nearly six months, students and schools navigated a bureaucratic mess caused by severe delays in launching the website and processing critical information.

Because of the delays in the FAFSA rollout, schools do not have the information they need from the government to assemble financial aid offers. Students have had to postpone decisions about where to attend college because they have no idea how much aid they will receive.

Many schools are pushing back their enrollment deadlines to give students more time to figure out their finances, throwing college budgets and wait lists into chaos.

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