Federal Advocacy & Policy Weekly Update

Federal Advocacy & Policy Weekly Update

Congressional Update:  While Congress has adjourned for August recess there are still a few items of interest.

Democratic Senators Express Concern about New Tax Forms Impact on Student Aid Applications

Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Doug Jones (D-AL), Tom Carper (D-DE), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) sent aletterto Secretary DeVos highlighting how the changes to tax Form 1040 could create difficulties for students using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and questioned the Department of Education’s plans to alleviate disruptions for students.This problem is arising at a time when some states, such as Louisiana, are requiring all high school seniors to complete the FAFSA to boost postsecondary enrollment rates.



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