Feds set to make it easier to apply for college financial aid
It won't help all the freshmen starting classes this summer and fall, but the Obama administration's plans to streamline the application process for financial aid could be in place by the time they have to seek aid for next year.
In case you missed it, President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have announced several steps to make college more affordable, and to make it easier to apply for financial support. Among them:
- The new online FAFSA program is using more "skip logic," making it easier to navigate.
- Starting in January, applicants will be able to retrieve their relevant tax data from the IRS online.
- The administration is looking to remove several questions from the form that it says are not germane to getting aid.
- Jeff Solochek