Simplification of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a hot topic in Washington, especially with the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act looming. In report a released today, a FAFSA Working Group (FWG) convened by NASFAA has chimed in with an application model that would simultaneously simplify the process for students and families of all income levels and accurately target limited federal funds to those most in need.
In a report released today, NASFAA’s FWG provided four recommendations to help streamline the federal student aid application process:
The three-level application offers applicants a customized set of questions, rather than sticking with a “one- size- fits- all” approach. The tiered application would identify applicants who – according to their existing means-tested benefits and tax filing status – have low presumed financial resources. It would present them with the bare minimum number of FAFSA questions as opposed to making them read through several other questions that may not apply to their circumstances or affect their aid eligibility. Families with more complex financial circumstances would have a more complicated federal application, but the use of PPY and an expanded DRT would permit more information to be directly imported from the IRS.
NASFAA will begin work to model this proposal and will make any necessary modifications to ensure the proposed pathways are in the best interest of students and families.
Publication Date: 7/30/2015