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I've heard that difficulty understanding and completing financial aid forms is a major factor in people not going to college.

Where can I find statistics on students' difficulty with completing FAFSA and how it hinders their enrollment in school?
Last Updated: Nov 15, 2011  |  54 Views

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A good way to get some statistical supporting information on your topic would be to look for scholarly and other articles on difficulty with the FAFSA or the FAFSA as a barrier to students.

The way to do this is to go to the library research tool, LibSearch. You access it by going to the library’s home page at, and using the search box in the middle of the page. Try entering the following topics in separate searches and see what you get:

Fafsa difficult

Fafsa barrier

You should see lots of articles that will give support for the idea that the FAFSA is difficult and that it is a hindrance to students applying for college. Indirect evidence may be provided by articles that talk about giving students more assistance with filling it out, then seeing a rise in number of applications.

You can limit the results to articles from scholarly journals, which are more likely to have statistics, by looking at the left-hand column, “Refine your search,” and checking off “Limit to articles from scholarly publications.”

Of course, you can find some information on UHD’s financial aid site at You may also want to contact the director of financial aid here, LaTasha Goudeau as

Finally, just to provide background, here are a few places that have statistics about financial aid, including one that has the number of FAFSA’s completed at UHD each quarter:

National Center for Education Statistics - Fast Facts

University of Houston-Downtown Common Data Set Click on a year. Then click on "Financial Aid."

University of Houston-Downtown College Portrait Click on "Costs of Attendance and Financial Aid."

FAFSA Application Statistics

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