Can We Finally Stop Waiting for ISIRs and Start Packaging Aid?

Amy Jenkins
March 26, 2024

Let's talk about the elephant in the room: ISIR delays. If you're in the trenches of university financial aid offices, you know the frustration all too well. Every year, it's the same story—students and families eagerly await their financial aid packages, while we battle the labyrinthine bureaucracy of ISIR processing.

But this year, it's reached a new level of exasperation. We thought they would be delivered in January and then heard it was March.  Then just last week we head about ANOTHER  FAFSA error that left thousands (hundreds of thousands?) of students in limbo, further exacerbating the already extensive delays. The fallout? Well, let's just say it's not pretty. Students scrambling, families stressing, and financial aid offices drowning in paperwork.

It's enough to make you want to throw your hands up in defeat. But hold on a second—there's light at the end of this bureaucratic tunnel. Colorado Mesa University took matters into their own hands last month: they're using the Meadow Price net price calculator to streamline aid packaging. And we are thrilled for them and their students (and more than just a little proud too).

No more waiting around for ISIRs to trickle in. No more endless back-and-forth with confused students. With Meadow’s NPC, prospective Colorado Mesa  students can get an estimate of their financial aid package in minutes, not weeks. And the financial aid office can use that estimate to calculate aid.  Immediately.  Without waiting for anything from ED. Talk about a game-changer.

Maybe it's time to take a page out of Colorado Mesa's book. Embrace the technology, cut through the red tape, implement a modern, SAI compliant NPC like Meadow, and get those aid packages out the door faster than you can say "FAFSA." Because let's face it—our students deserve better than endless delays and bureaucratic nightmares.

Sure, navigating the world of financial aid can feel like trying to solve a Rubik's cube blindfolded. But with the right tools and a dash of innovation, we can turn this frustration into triumph. So, here's to leaving the ISIR woes in the rearview mirror and ushering in a new era of efficiency and transparency in financial aid.

The wait could be over, my friends. Let's go!

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