NASFAA has long been interested in ways to make the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the overall application process more efficient and simple for students and families. Specifically, the impetus for NASFAA’s FAFSA Working Group (FWG) was the recent focus on the number of questions on the FAFSA. NASFAA’s FWG set to work on developing a model that would simplify the process while still ensuring program integrity and accurate targeting of federal funds.
By eliminating irrelevant and unnecessary questions, including those not related to student aid (such as the selective service and drug-related questions) and fully utilizing technology and existing federal and state systems, we could eliminate a number of the current questions, making the processes much easier for our neediest students.
To begin, all applicants would provide basic personal identifiers and demographic information, and would answer questions necessary to determine the applicant’s dependency status.
After these initial questions, applicants would be steered down one of three paths based on their responses to screening questions:
This report fully outlines the proposed model and underlying assumptions.
Publication Date: 7/15/2015