Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance ACSFA
ACSFA reported that all of the 45 community college financial aid administrators who were interviewed said professional tax preparers steer clients to file the 1040, not telling clients they can file a shorter form.
ACSFA also fears that low-income people struggling to put themselves through college "might believe they can use earnings to pay tuition and related expenses without realizing that aid helps to defray these costs, allowing them to work fewer hours and dedicate more time to studies." Some people also may mistakenly believe that they can't apply for financial aid because they work.
The still new federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (ACSFA
) stepped into the vacuum created by the opposition to NASFAA's proposal and ACE's hurried substitute.
Appended are: (1) Profile of Survey Respondents; (2) Profile of Regulations Used In Study; (3) Additional Suggestions of Burdensome Regulations by Survey Respondents; (4) Review Panel #1; (5) Review Panel #2; (6) June 25, 2010 Hearing Panelists; (7) September 30, 2011 Hearing Panelists; (8) Letter from ACSFA
Chair and Vice Chair; (9) ACSFA
Members; (10) ACSFA
Staff; and (11) ACSFA
Appended are: (1) March 17 Hearing Panelists; (2) ACSFA
(Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance) Members; (3) ACSFA
Staff; and (4) ACSFA
Contrary to its purpose of helping students to access college, the student aid application process causes families frustration and confusion that has been cited as an obstacle to college access (ACSFA
Other items in this issue of "Access & Persistence" include: (1) HEA ["Higher Education Opportunity Act"] Reauthorization: The Committee's New Charges; (2) ACSFA
[Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance] Stepping Stones; (3) Member Profile: Allison Jones; and (4) ACSFA