Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

FAFSA Bill Introduced to Improve Student Access to Federal Aid

February 4, 2019
In The News

Attending college could be much easier thanks to new legislation. State officials introduced a companion bill in the Senate that will improve student access to federal financial aid, called the FAFSA Fairness Act of 2019. Rep. Elijah Cummings made the announcement Monday. It is designed for students who don’t have contact with their parents to not let that prevent them from receiving an education. “All of us are here because all of us here understand fully that our children are the living messages we send to a future we will never see,” Cummings said. Rep. Cummings, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger and Rep. John Sarbanes joined by Sen. Ben Cardin and Sen. Chris Van Hollen at Baltimore City Community College with a breakthrough- changing students’ lives forever. The new bill would make applying for federal financial aid easier for students. Instead of needing their parent’s financial records, students can now fill out the FAFSA form on their own.