February 21, 2007

Scholars Suggest Simplifying Federal Student-Aid System By Eliminating A Lengthy Form

Posted in FAFSA, Student Loan News, The Financial Aid Process at 1:54 PM by Joe From Boston


The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on a paper released Tuesday by two scholars at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Scholars Suggest Simplifying Federal Student-Aid System By Eliminating A Lengthy Form

“The federal student-aid system should be drastically simplified by eliminating a cumbersome application form and using basic information from tax returns instead to calculate eligibility for financial aid,” “Ms. Dynarski, who is an associate professor of public policy at the Kennedy School, and Ms. Scott-Clayton, who is a doctoral candidate there, say the form is too complicated. Furthermore, they say, it does not let students know how much aid they qualify for, and thus discourages many students from low-income families from applying to college and finishing their degrees.”

You can read the complete article from the Chronicle of Higher Education on-line. A paid subscription may be required.

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