June 24, 2009

Finally – a simpler FAFSA

Posted in FAFSA, Legislation Affecting Students, Saving for College, Student Loan News, The Financial Aid Process tagged , , , at 6:17 AM by Joe From Boston


Education Secretary Arne Duncan is expected to unveil a new, simpler FAFSA form at today’s daily White House press briefing.  This is great news for frustrated parents and students everywhere.

We don’t have too many details yet beyond the following:

  • Online form will shrink from 30 screens to 10
  • Obscure questions that target a tiny fraction of students have been dropped, such as the question about “special combat pay”
  • Questions re-phrased to sound less encyclopedic.  CNN cites the following example:
    “At any time… did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?” will now be, “Are you homeless?”

Click here to read CNN’s article.  I’ll update as more news arrives.

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1 Comment »

  1. Debbie said,

    My 18 year old son has moved out of my house and is now on his own. Do I still have to put my tax information on his FAFSA. He is 18 and now considered independent. Will this affect his Teaching Fellows Scholarship?


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