In FAFSA Simplification, Complexity

From Inside Higher Ed:

It seems, all of a sudden, that there’s a rush among policy makers in Washington to chop off questions from the 108-question Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA.

Senator Lamar Alexander, who has been beating the FAFSA simplification drum for several years, has said that the Senate education committee he chairs will take up his bipartisan bill for a two-question aid application this spring.

And last month President Obama put out his own proposal for cutting 30 questions from the form, reviving a 2009 proposal by his administration to eliminate complicated questions relating to families’ business assets and investments, among other things. The agreement on FAFSA simplification reflects a consensus among many that the complex questionnaire scares some families off — and that a simple form would boost enrollments of low-income students.

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