As college costs continue to rise, millions of low-income students, particularly students of color, are struggling to make ends meet. The Simple FAFSA Act, introduced last week, would increase support for working students, streamline the financial aid process, and expand access to more low-income students.
The new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), released on October 1 for the 2017-2018 school year, includes numerous changes that will benefit students, particularly independent adults. In addition to extending the filing period by three months, which will allow students to get information much sooner, the Department of Education (ED) has simplified the application process to make it easier to complete.
President Obama has announced a significant policy shift that will help low-income students access college financial aid by making the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) simpler to complete.