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

On Wednesday, November 13th at 10:00 a.m., the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), 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 many of the first 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 unclear information about loan programs and repayment initiatives have created overwhelming confusion for many students and their families. 

As the committee prepares to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, Wednesday’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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