Johnson City Press: Lawmakers seek to simplify FAFSA, ETSU official supports move

Posted on October 23, 2019

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Doug Jones, D-Ala., introduced legislation Tuesday to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid process.

Alexander, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, said the FAFSA, which nearly 20 million families fill out every year for federal student aid, is too complicated. He said it’s “one of the biggest challenges low-income students who want to go to college face” and hopes to see the 108-question form reduced to at least 30 questions through the FAFSA Simplification Act.

“Former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told me that Tennessee has the highest rate of filling out the FAFSA, but it is still the single biggest impediment to more students enrolling in Tennessee Promise, our state’s free, two-year community college program,” Alexander said. “This bill will simplify the FAFSA and reduce the number of questions to 18-30 basic questions about a student, their family and their plans for college.