"College students will soon be able to file their applications for federal student aid through a mobile app, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday," The Associated Press reports.
"Speaking at a conference of student aid professionals in Orlando, Florida, DeVos said the Free Application for Federal Student Aid should 'keep pace' with an era in which people commonly order food, get a ride, transfer money and find romantic partners with apps.
She made the bold claim that 'the goal is a customer experience that will rival Amazon or Apple's Genius Bar.'
Shortly after DeVos spoke, the Senate committee overseeing education held a hearing on simplifying the application process.
Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, told the panel that it is important to strike a balance while revising the application form. 'Put more simply, the challenge before us it to put together an application that is as simple as possible but yet allows us to distinguish the truly needy from those who are not,' Draeger said.
Draeger added that the process would be made easier if financial information that the government has is automatically populated on the form."
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Publication Date: 11/29/2017