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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. 
"Simplifying the FAFSA is another significant action in our quest to keep a college degree within the reach of every person who aspires to higher education," Duncan said in a news release.

House Education chairman George Miller applauded the effort and said he plans to have his committee follow through. "Confusing paperwork shouldn't stand between qualified students and a college degree," Miller said in a release.

- Jeff Solochek


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:27am]


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