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H.R. 860: FAFSA Fairness Act of 2015

Title: FAFSA Fairness Act of 2015

Introduced: Feb 11, 2015 (114th Congress)

Sponsor: Rep. Elijah E. Cummings [D-MD7]

Status: Referred to Committee - Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Summary: FAFSA Fairness Act of 2015 Amends title IV (Student Assistance) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require the Secretary of Education to disclose, on the form notifying students of their expected family contribution, the special circumstances under which students may qualify as independent for purposes of the determination regarding their need and eligibility for title IV assistance. Allows students who may qualify as independent on the basis of those special circumstances to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as independent students for purposes of the initial determination of their title IV assistance by a financial aid administrator at an institution of higher education to which they are applying. Requires the financial aid administrators to: (1) provide those students with an initial determination regarding their title IV assistance in the same manner as, and by no later than the date that, they provide other independent students with that determination; and (2) use, in making a final determination regarding that assistance, the discretion provided to them under title IV to verify whether such students meet the special circumstances to qualify as independent students.

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