April 18, 2007- During a cross-country flight this week I was catching up on my reading and came across article after article about the disarray of financial aid…on all sorts of levels. If you’ve been following the news, you know I was kept pretty busy for the entire flight!
One article that truly caught my attention was about “two Harvard scholars” who have suddenly determined that applying for financial is difficult. I laughed out loud when I read it. I am glad that these two individuals have voiced their opinion, but I am even more pleased with the hundreds of thousands of families that figured this out a while ago and actually did something about it by joining Connect!
Years ago, I figured it out when I was put to the task of filing a FASFA. That’s one of the reasons why I founded ConnectEdu. About eight years ago the federal government also figured it out and claimed they would do something, too. Like the hundreds of thousands of folks who are required to navigate the FAFSA, I’m still waiting.
Until the federal government simplifies the federal application for student aid, there’s Connect! We developed our own “Turbotax” for the financial aid process. By making the experience more consumer friendly: doing all of the math, determining what supplemental forms need to be completed, running an auditor to insure that mistakes haven’t been made, and filing forms for families in a seamless fashion, Connect! has won huge favor with our families.
Already this year, thousands of Connect! families connected with the FAFSA filing process, at last, and many of them did it in fraction of the time with far less confusion, aggravation and mistakes. Plus, now everything they need to renew their forms for next year is stored securely for next year’s refiling. It’s that easy.
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