Secretary Spellings’s Shorter FAFSA

October 2, 2008

I'm glad Secretary Spellings is taking a step forward: developing specific examples and proposals forces people to think and be creative in response. But I have to admit that the sample form raises a lot of questions about what the Department's proposal is, and whether it will require legislation to implement. Are a student's own earnings going to be completely eliminated from...

What We Think of the New FAFSA4caster

April 2, 2007

On April 1, the U.S. Department of Education released the FAFSA4caster, an online tool intended to help families plan for college by providing early estimates of their federal financial aid eligibility. To get an early aid estimate, students and their parents have to answer 96 questions from the actual FAFSA.

Going to the Source: A Practical Way to Simplify the FAFSA

March 21, 2007

This report outlines a plan for simplifying the financial aid application process by letting financial aid applicants ask the IRS to automatically answer many of the most difficult and important questions on the FAFSA. In addition to dramatically simplifying the process for students and families, this reform would cut down on costly verification paperwork for colleges and universities,...