Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

GOP Leaders Irate over Faulty Aid Forms

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

GOP Leaders Irate over Faulty Aid Forms

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WASHINGTON-Students who depend on financial aid to attend college are receiving poor service from the U.S. Department of Education, angry congressional Republicans charged earlier this month.

At issue is a series of recent problems affecting application forms that students must fill out to qualify for aid. Last fall, department officials recalled about 3.5 million forms because of text errors.

The latest problem, GOP leaders say, involves confusion about a new requirement that students answer a question on the form asking whether they have ever had any drug convictions.

About 20 percent of all applicants, or 140,000 students, failed to answer the question this year - possibly because of confusion about its wording. As a result, colleges have had to delay aid disbursement to those students (see Black Issues, March 16).

The agency's financial aid system is suf fering from "persistent, serious problems" in processing applications, complains Rep. William Goodling, R-Pa., chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, in a letter signed by three other GOP critics.

"Millions of students depend on federal funds to make attending college a reality," Goodling says. "The Education Department has a responsibility to ensure those forms are free of errors or misleading questions. …

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