Text: H.R.1522 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (03/14/2007)


110th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1522

To promote the availability and use of the Federal student financial aid website of the Department of Education.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 14, 2007

Mr. Keller of Florida (for himself and Mr. Cuellar) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


A BILL

To promote the availability and use of the Federal student financial aid website of the Department of Education.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “One-stop Student Financial Aid Information Act of 2007”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

Congress finds the following:

(1) Students and parents often have trouble finding all of the information they need to make an informed decision about financial aid options for college in one easy-to-use location.

(2) The Federal student financial aid website of the Department of Education (www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov) is a useful and effective website for learning about and applying for financial aid.

(3) The Federal student financial aid website is not well advertised or easy to find when searching the web or the Department of Education website for financial aid information.

SEC. 3. Improved information concerning the Federal student financial aid website.

Section 131 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1015) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(e) Promotion of the Department of Education Federal student financial aid website.—The Secretary—

“(1) shall display a link to the Federal student financial aid website of the Department of Education (www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov) in a prominent place on the homepage of the Department of Education website (www.ed.gov); and

“(2) may use administrative funds available for the Department’s operations and expenses for purposes of advertising and other promotion of the availability of the Federal student financial aid website.

“(f) Promotion of availability of information concerning student financial aid programs of other departments and agencies.—

“(1) COLLECTION AND POSTING OF INFORMATION.—The Secretary shall collect and post the eligibility requirements, application procedures, financial terms and conditions, and other relevant information for each non-departmental student financial assistance program.

“(2) MANNER OF POSTING.—The information required by paragraph (1)

“(A) shall be easily accessible through the Federal student financial aid website required by subsection (e)(1);

“(B) shall be incorporated into the search matrix on such website on pages pertaining to other options for financial aid; and

“(C) shall clearly describe the programs in a manner that permits students and parents to readily identify the programs that are appropriate to their needs and eligibility.

“(3) AGENCY RESPONSE.—Each Federal department and agency shall promptly respond to surveys or other requests for the information required by paragraph (1) and shall identify for the Secretary any non-departmental student financial assistance program operated, sponsored, or supported by such Federal department or agency.

“(4) DEFINITION.—For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘non-departmental student financial assistance program’ means any grant, loan, scholarship, fellowship, or other form of financial aid for students pursuing a postsecondary education that is—

“(A) distributed directly to the student or to the student's account at the institution of higher education; and

“(B) operated, sponsored, or supported by a Federal department or agency other than the Department of Education.”.