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Updates on FAFSA Tracking, College ROI, and Gen AI

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With this busy news year in education, we’ve put out not just original posts but also updates on topics that we have covered with news that helps clarify the key points. Today I’d like to specifically cover three updates that are quite valuable. I am likely to stop producing original FAFSA visualizations based on the first of these updates.


In the most recent post highlighting the FAFSA fiasco, I shared state-level updates on completion rates and drops from 2023 - 2024. The high school data come out once per week. The National College Attainment Network’s (NCAN) FAFSA Tracker has developed to the point where it no longer makes sense for me to create my own visualizations on the same data. NCAN should be the go-to source to get weekly updates - I will still do analysis, but most likely I’ll just use their visualizations.

To give you an idea of why I am making this change, consider this view showing national and Indiana trends (the state with the lowest completion drop 2023 - 2024). The “trend” shows completion data for the weekly updates on 19-and-under high school students, and you can get a much better feel for where we are in this attempted recovery from the fiasco, comparing to previous years.

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