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Welch Applauds President Obama's Decision to Streamline Student Financial Aid Process

September 14, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) commended President Obama’s decision announced today to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which, at 105 questions and 88 pages of instructions, can be a bureaucratic nightmare for parents and students.

“With tuition on the rise, and students and parents taking out more and more loans at higher costs, families have enough to worry about when it comes to sending their children to college. They shouldn’t have to struggle with paperwork as complicated as a doctoral dissertation just to qualify for assistance,” Congressman Welch said. “While there’s still work to be done, today’s announcement by President Obama brings us one step closer to simplifying the student loan process.”

Welch has long been a champion of efforts to make the FAFSA easier for students and families to complete. He introduced the Student Financial Aid Simplification Act (H.R. 3265), which simplifies the FAFSA form and allows for interoperability between the Department of Education and the IRS.  Recent research suggests that the complicated instructions and length of the application deter students and families form applying for financial aid, particularly low-income families and first-time college students.