‘Prove you’re a low-income student’: After filing FAFSA, some college students are audited

By: | September 17, 2021

Normally, on the first day of classes, students rush the financial aid office at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Phones stay busy, inboxes stay full, and the line of students stays long.

That didn’t happen this year. The federal government relaxed how it audits low-income students who receive taxpayer-funded financial aid.

Instead, the Education Department said it would focus its efforts on identity theft and fraud. That means fewer students had to prove how much they or their families earned.

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