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Cutting some education red tape

In a speech at Harvard University earlier this month, U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings announced the Department of Education’s newest initiative: simplifying the federal financial aid application process. Specifically, Spellings announced the government’s proposal to shorten the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (commonly known as the FAFSA) from 120 questions to 27. That’s good news to all the parents out there who will be filing the form beginning January 2009. Spellings also pointed out that the new form will provide “real time information” for families regarding how much aid they can expect from the federal government versus the information they receive now, which is how much they will be expected to pay.

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