H.R.4680: Equitable Student Aid Access Act

Overview

Equitable Student Aid Access Act (H.R. 4680) would allow a receipt from a federal means-tested benefits program (such as SNAP, SSI, or Medicaid) as a sole qualifier for an auto-zero expected family contribution (EFC) determination. This change would allow students and families who have already demonstrated sufficient need to automatically qualify for maximum federal student aid, thereby reducing the FAFSA administrative burden both on the individuals and the Department of Education. Additionally, the bill would codify the Early FAFSA and use of prior-prior year (PPY) tax information put into place by the Obama Administration in 2015, ensuring that students will be able to submit their federal financial aid application for the coming school year in October rather than in January using financial data filed with the IRS two years prior.

This bill is incorporated into the House Democrats Higher Education Reauthorization package (H.R. 4674).

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Our Stance

Watching

Priority

Medium

Bill Number

H.R.4680

Date Introduced

October 15, 2019

Committee

House Education and Labor Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled