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Sen. Alexander continues push to make accessing federal student aid easier

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  WASHINGTON, DC (OSBORNE) -- Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is taking one last stab at simplifying federal student aid application forms (FAFSA).

 

As Chair of the Senate Education Committee, Alexander’s been on a five year long quest to shorten the 108 question form. The Senator again yesterday introduced his FAFSA Simplification Act.

 

During comments on the Senate floor yesterday, Alexander quoted former Gov. Bill Haslam, saying: 

 

“More students fill it out than any other state by percentage, but it’s still the single biggest impediment to more students enrolling in Tennessee Promise which gives them a free community college tuition.”

Alexander’s bill would shorten FAFSA to less than 20 questions and limit the federal government's ability to challenge individual applications.

Senator Alexander is retiring at the end of the current session, making this his last opportunity to pass the FAFSA reform.