Some colleges are scrambling to get financial aid to students enrolled in the summer term

Enrolling in college has been especially fraught this year, and financial aid experts are raising new concerns about the unforgiving timeline students could face if they rely on federal dollars to attend school this summer.

While most college-goers register solely for the fall and spring terms, some, especially nontraditional and low-income students, depend on summer school to finish their degrees as quickly as possible and save money. Under changes made by the U.S. Education Department in 2017, those students are eligible for year-round government assistance.

But this year, a congressional mandate to streamline the process of applying for college financial aid threw the whole system into disarray. Students across the country reported widespread troubles filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, while the government botched crucial data that colleges needed to make aid offers.

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