10.01.08

ENZI: SHORTER, SIMPLER FAFSA WILL HELP STUDENTS GET FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGE

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), todayapplauded the Department of Education for unveiling a prototype for a new, simpler FreeApplication for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

“Applying for financial aid shouldn’t be harder than filing your taxes,” said Enzi,the Senate’s only accountant. “I’m pleased that the Department is looking ahead todevelop a shorter, simpler FAFSA that will encourage students and parents to apply forthe financial aid they need.

“Simplifying the financial application process for students and parents was a keypriority of mine in the Higher Education Act reauthorization we passed into law over thesummer. The old forms were so long and complicated that they discouraged studentsfrom even applying for financial aid, and that was never our intent,” Enzi said.

“I look forward to working with the Department on this important step towardhelping more students have access to higher education, so they can develop theknowledge and skills they need to be successful,” he added.

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