Bipartisan Support for FAFSA Simplification Eases Path to Accessing Financial Aid

By Carrie Warick, National College Attainment Network

Today, Congress included a bipartisan agreement on higher education in the fiscal year 2021 omnibus spending/COVID stimulus combination bill.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), retiring chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, negotiated this agreement with input from the minority leaders on their committees – Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) – to include Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) simplification and expanded Pell Grant eligibility.

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