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Less Onerous Aid Form Boosts Enrollment

Students are more likely to enroll in college if their federal financial aid application is simplified and if they get help filling it out, Education Week reports.

aidA recent study shows that high school seniors who used a highly simplified version of the daunting federal application for student financial aid — and had help completing it — were 30 percent more likely to enroll in college the next fall than were their peers who had no such assistance.

Researchers from Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Toronto, and the National Bureau of Economic Research teamed up with H&R Block to offer FAFSA help to nearly 17,000 low- and moderate-income families in Ohio and North Carolina who used the company to file their 2008 tax returns. Read more

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