The Supreme Court's rulings this summer had strong implications for a recent survey by TimelyCare. More than half of students reported stress or anxiety around its decisions on striking down affirmative action (53%) and denying Biden's student loan forgiveness (60%). Students submitted responses in July 2023, when the rulings were still top of mind.
"FAFSA Simplification is going to make this the most complicated year we have seen perhaps ever," says Maureen Anderson, a former director of financial aid at Santa Fe College (Fla.). In addition, there are Title IX changes coming in October.
Despite Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action and state efforts to defund DEI, there are integral ways higher education can maintain its mission of cultivating a culture of diverse perspectives. "Don't be led by fear," advises Dr. David Acosta, chief diversity and inclusion officer of the AAMC.
From 2012 to 2020, the Hispanic population has increased by 26% in states where affirmative action has already been banned. However, their flagship universities' Hispanic student body has averaged only a 4% increase.