White House Announces FAFSA Changes to Boost Participation

The White House says it’s amending rules for Federal College Tuition Assistance, hoping to increase the number of applicants for aid. Currently Students planning college classroom work in 2017 must wait until January of that year to fill out the free application for federal student aid, or “FAFSA” Form. And they must have a completed 2016 tax return. New rules announced this week will open FAFSA applications in October 2016, and allow this year’s Income Tax to apply for aid. An estimated 2 million college students are eligible for help but never apply because of the cumbersome process. Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander says he has a bipartisan support to slash the application form down to 3 or 4 questions to determine eligibility.

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