Making it easier for students to apply for college
Senator Lamar Alexander is working on a bill to make it easier for students to apply for college.
One of his priorities for updating the Higher Education Act is to shorten the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) from 100 questions to 15-25 questions.
At a conference on Monday with the nation's state legislators, Alexander asked them to contact their senators and congressman about shortening the FAFSA form so it will be easier for students to apply for financial aid.
He said there are 20 million families, including 400,000 in Tennessee, that fill out the form every year. In Tennessee, the complexity of this form keeps more students from enrolling in Tennessee Promise, the state’s free, two-year college program.
Alexander says the bill has bipartisan support, but he is asking voters to get their own senators on board.