Text: H.R.3446 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (09/08/2015)


114th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3446


To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require the Secretary to provide for the use of data from the second preceding tax year to carry out the simplification of applications for the estimation and determination of financial aid eligibility, to increase the income threshold to qualify for zero expected family contribution, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 8, 2015

Mr. Doggett (for himself, Mr. Levin, Mr. Pocan, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Ms. Moore, Mrs. Bustos, Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Kind, Mr. Carson of Indiana, and Mr. Gene Green of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


A BILL

To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require the Secretary to provide for the use of data from the second preceding tax year to carry out the simplification of applications for the estimation and determination of financial aid eligibility, to increase the income threshold to qualify for zero expected family contribution, and for other purposes.

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 “Simplifying Financial Aid for Students Act of 2015”.

SEC. 2. Using data for second preceding year.

Section 480(a)(1)(B) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087vv(a)(1)(B)) is amended to read as follows:

“(B) Notwithstanding section 478(a) and beginning not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of the Simplifying Financial Aid for Students Act of 2015, the Secretary shall provide for the use of data from the second preceding tax year when and to the extent necessary to carry out the simplification of applications (including simplification for a subset of applications) used for the estimation and determination of financial aid eligibility. Such simplification shall include the sharing of data between the Internal Revenue Service and the Department, pursuant to the consent of the taxpayer.”.

SEC. 3. Zero Expected Family Contribution.

Section 479(c) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087ss(c)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1)(B), by striking “$23,000” and inserting “$30,000”; and

(2) in paragraph (2)(B), by striking “$23,000” and inserting “$30,000”.