Legislative Tracker Archive: FAFSA Simplification

Legislative TrackerOn this page, you'll find proposals to streamline the federal financial aid application to make it easier for parents and students.

 

 

Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency Act (FAST Act)
S.108 Sponsor:
Sen. Alexander (R-TN)
Co-Sponsors:
9 (6 R; 2 D; 1 I)
Introduced:
1/7/2015
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage:  The bill would eliminate the FAFSA in favor of a 2-question postcard, move to a 1 grant/1 loan program, reinstate year-round Pell, provide authority to limit loans, among several other changes.
 
FAFSA Fairness Act  
HR 860  Sponsor:
Rep. Cummings (D-MD, 7)
Co-Sponsors:
8 (0 R; 8 D)
Introduced:
2/11/2015
 
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would allow students who meet certain requirements to complete the FAFSA as a "provisional independent" filer. The bill would still require a dependency override, but only at the institution where the student enrolls.  
 
FAFSA for All Act  
HR 1833 Sponsor:
Rep. Veasey (D-TX, 33)
Co-Sponsors:
37 (0 R; 37 D)
Introduced:
4/16/2015
 
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The bill would require the Department of Education to include guidance on how dependent students with noncitizen parents may obtain federal student aid. In addition, the bill includes provisions for an online upload tool to streamline the application process.  
 
College for All Act  
S. 1373 Sponsor:
Sen. Sanders (I-VT)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
5/19/2015
 
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The comprehensive legislation would create a grant program to states to eliminate tuition at public 4-year colleges and universities. The bill would cut interest rates and impose a cap of 8.25% and allow borrowers to refinance loans at the current interest rates. The bill would also expand Federal Work Study (FWS) and create a pilot program to assess the need to complete the FAFSA annually. The budgetary offset comes from imposing certain taxes and fees on stocks, bonds, and derivatives.  
 
Simplifying the Application for Student Aid Act  
HR 3177 Sponsor:
Rep. Heck (R-NV, 3)
Co-Sponsors:
28 (14 R; 14 D)
Introduced:
7/23/2015
 
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would require the Department of Education (ED) to use prior-prior year (PPY) income data in the federal need analysis. It was introduced as part of a package of HEA bills introduced by Republicans on the House Education & the Workforce Committee.  
 
 
Simplifying Financial Aid for Students Act  
S. 1872 Sponsor:
Sen. Booker (D-NJ)
Co-Sponsors:
13 (0 R; 13 D)
Introduced:
7/27/2015
 
HR 3446 Sponsor:
Rep. Doggett (D-TX, 35)
Co-Sponsors:
10 (0 R; 10 D)
Introduced:
9/8/2015
 
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This legislation would implement prior-prior year (PPY) income data on the FAFSA and would increase the expected family contribution (EFC) threshold to qualify for an automatic EFC of zero from $23,000 to $30,000.  
 
 
Student Financial Aid Simplification Act  
HR 3265 Sponsor:
Rep. Welch (D-VT)
Co-Sponsors:
0 (0 R; 0 D)
Introduced:
7/28/2015
 
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would allow the Department of Education to collect more information from the IRS, reducing the number of questions of the FAFSA by 31.  
 
Simplifying the Application for Student Aid Act  
HR 5528 Sponsor:
Rep. Heck (R-NV, 3)
Co-Sponsors:
4 (2 R; 2 D)
Introduced:
6/16/2016
 
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: The legislation permanently codifies PPY moving forward. The bill also includes additional important efforts in FAFSA simplification, including making the FAFSA available on mobile devices, requiring regular reports from ED on FAFSA simplification progress, and strengthening and solidifying an additional simplification tool: the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval tool (DRT). Furthermore, the bill modifies a small provision in current law that will facilitate the earlier release of final Pell Grant numbers from the Department of Education (ED), allowing colleges to provide accurate scholarship and grant information much earlier. 
Status: 7/11/2016: Passed House of Representatives
 
 
 
The File Once FAFSA Act  
HR 5784 Sponsor:
Rep. Scott (D-VA, 3)
Co-Sponsors:
1 (0 R; 1 D)
Introduced:
7/14/2016
 
NASFAA Analysis & Coverage: This bill would allow dependent undergraduate students who are Pell-eligible to complete a FAFSA only once. The expected family contribution (EFC) from the first application would carry forward to the student’s remaining years.   
 

 

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