Senate HEA Reauthorization Hearing on Simplifying Student Aid

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing last week to discuss proposals to simplify the federal financial aid system to make it easier and more transparent for students, according to the hearing announcement.

"My focus during this reauthorization will be to make it simpler and easier for students to apply for federal aid and to pay their loans back," HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said in prepared remarks.

Sen. Alexander continued, saying that he intends to focus on areas where there is bipartisan consensus: "simpler, more effective regulations to make it easier for students to pay for college and to pay back their loans; reducing red tape so administrators can spend more time and money on students; making sure a degree is worth the time and money students spend to earn it; and helping colleges keep students safe on campus."

The hearing was the second in the committee's series this Congress on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. The committee met on November 28, 2017 to examine proposals to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The committee will meet again next Thursday, January 25, 2018 to discuss access and innovation. The panel will hear from a panel of experts about proposals to encourage institutions to move beyond the traditional classroom mold to meet the needs of all students.


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U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Press Release