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Kinzinger Reintroduces Bipartisan Education Bill

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Washington, May 9, 2019 | Maura Gillespie (202-225-3635) | comments
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) reintroduced the Improving Middle Class Access to Higher Education Act (H.R. 2595) to improve overall access to student financial aid by removing unnecessary barriers that complicate the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process.
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Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) reintroduced the Improving Middle Class Access to Higher Education Act (H.R. 2595) to improve overall access to student financial aid by removing unnecessary barriers that complicate the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process.

While millions of students and their families fill out the FAFSA each year, the FAFSA completion rate among high school seniors has been around 60% for the past few years, which means billions of dollars of financial assistance went unclaimed. My legislation, H.R. 2595, would align requirements for the FAFSA’s Simplified Needs Test with the income thresholds used by the IRS to qualify individuals for simplified tax forms. This way, middle class families and students can move forward on the student aid application without the additional, burdensome, complicated questions that are intended for those with more complex financial situations.

After reintroducing his FAFSA legislation, Congressman Kinzinger released the following statement:

“The most recent jobs report showed a booming economy and an exceptional job market here in America. We need to make sure more Americans have the education and training they need to fill these open jobs. I’m proud that my bill, the Improving Middle Class Access to Higher Education, will help students looking to pursue their education by improving the process of filling out the FAFSA. Education is a crucial opportunity, and this legislation is one way we can help more Americans achieve a brighter future.”

The bill, H.R. 2595, the Improving Middle Class Access to Higher Education Act, was introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) with bipartisan support from his original cosponsor Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), who also co-led the introduction of the bill last Congress. To view the text of H.R. 2595, please see the attached PDF.

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