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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Subcommittee to Discuss Opportunities to Streamline Federal Student Aid

On Tuesday, October 1st at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), will hold a hearing entitled, “Keeping College Within Reach: Simplifying Federal Student Aid.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

The Higher Education Act of 1965 established a number of financial aid programs to help low- and middle-income students access postsecondary opportunities. However, over the last few decades the federal student aid system has grown into a complex patchwork of grants, loans, and institutional support programs. Confusing applications, redundant paperwork, and many different loan programs and repayment initiatives have created overwhelming confusion for students and their families. 

As the committee prepares to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, Tuesday’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to explore proposals to streamline the federal student aid system and make it easier for students and their families to understand the higher education investment. To learn more about this hearing, visit

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Ms. Kristin D. Conklin
Founding Partner
HCM Strategists, LLC
Washington, D.C.

Dr. Sandy Baum 
Research Professor of Education Policy, George Washington University
Senior Fellow, Urban Institute 
Washington D.C. 

Ms. Jennifer Mishory, J.D.
Deputy Director
Young Invincibles
Washington, D.C. 

Mr. Jason Delisle
Director, Federal Education Budget Project
New America Foundation
Washington, D.C