Fixing FAFSA

By The New England Council

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Senate Holds FAFSA Hearing.  The Senate Health, Education Labor & Pensions Committee held a hearing entitled “Time to Finish Fixing the FAFSA.” The hearing could be the last education hearing under the chairmanship of Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who plans to retire following this congressional session. He held the hearing to push for changes to the FAFSA, an issue he has long trumpeted, and to push for the FAFSA Simplification Act. The committee’s ranking democratic member, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), said she supports the proposal, Inside Higher Ed reports. Partisan disagreements have held the committee back from making many changes around higher education, though last year the committee passed legislation into law to make some changes to the FAFSA. You can read a summary of the FAFSA Simplification Act here.

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