A little-noticed proposal from President Obama, included in the supporting materials for last week’s State of the Union address, but not mentioned in the speech itself, would eliminate 27 questions on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
With the goal of simplifying the FAFSA so more students will apply, the proposal calls for the elimination of 27 of the “most burdensome and difficult-to-verify” questions, including “questions about assets that penalize savings and untaxed veterans benefits, child support, and clergy pay.” Since most of the FAFSA questions that relate to these income sources are derived directly from Federal Methodology, which is part of the Higher Education Act, it is unclear how they could be eliminated from the FAFSA without Congressional action. Unknown at this time is which specific questions are being targeted for elimination, beyond the broad description offered above.
NASFAA is seeking clarification from the Obama administration and will keep our members informed via Today’s News.
Publication Date: 1/27/2015