In written comments to the Department of Education (ED) last week on the draft 2014-15 paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), NASFAA supports ED's recent changes on the collection of parental information on the FAFSA. NASFAA President Justin Draeger states in the cover letter accompanying the comments, “NASFAA applauds the Department of Education for acknowledging today’s changing family structures by collecting information on the FAFSA from legal parents who live together, regardless of marital status or gender.”
While supportive of ED’s conceptual framework on the collection of parental information, the comments point out potential misunderstandings and ambiguities in the wording on the FAFSA questions and instructions. NASFAA hopes that minor changes can be made to the FAFSA wording to minimize errors and confusion.
The draft 2014-15 FAFSA was published before the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Assuming that further changes will be required to the 2014-15 FAFSA, NASFAA encourages ED to seek public comment on those changes, if timing allows.
NASFAA’s comments also urge ED to institute a similar comment process with a similar timeframe for the FAFSA on the Web.
Publication Date: 7/9/2013