Murkowski Joins Colleagues in Examining Ways to Simplify the FAFSA

HELP Committee Hears Testimony on the FAFSA Simplification Act

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) took part in a Senate HELP Committee hearing focused on fixing the burdensome and complicated Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA), which students utilize to apply for federal student financial aid to help pay for college. The hearing explored legislative solutions to simplify and shorten the FAFSA, including making it easier for low-income families to qualify for federal Pell Grants.

“We must do a better job of not only communicating to high school students what grants and loans might be available to them to go to college, but also improve the process on how they go about accessing that aid. The reality is, Alaskan students and families have missed out on federal aid because the process to get there is unnecessarily complex and onerous. It’s important that we work to simplify this process and better equip student to make these important decisions. There are a number of challenges in pursuing a higher education—the application process for student aid shouldn’t be one of them.”

Click here for video of Senator Murkowski discussing options to improve the FAFSA process.