Letters to the Editor

AID: Process isn't overly complicated

Re: "Make it less complicated to seek federal student aid" (editorial, 9-4).

As the parent of a college student, I disagree with your opinion. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is complicated. The information required is involved. However, the online form has solid instructions available in several languages.

The paper version was in use while I was completing my degrees; the online version is a vast improvement.

Also, your statement that the FAFSA "can be ... cumbersome for non-intact families as it requires applicants to provide income information for both parents" is misleading. As a divorced parent, with my daughter beyond the age of child support, I was required to provide only my income.

Today's FAFSA also allows direct importing of tax information from a current 1040. The entire online process takes 15 to 20 minutes.

By making the process out to be exceedingly complicated, you do a disservice to those already uncertain about the procedure.