Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, has introduced legislation that would “streamline” the student financial aid application process. Among its provisions is the elimination of drug convictions as a bar to federal financial aid.
The aim of the bill, which applies to both graduate and undergraduate students, is “to help more underserved students have access to financial aid and attend college.”
At question is the document formally known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which includes the following text: “Have you been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, work-study, or loans)?”
The Simplifying Financial Aid for Students Act of 2018 would simplify the FAFSA form by greatly reducing the number of questions a student would need to answer.
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