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House committee advances bill to mandate FAFSA release by Oct. 1

 

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House education committee advances bill mandating annual Oct. 1 FAFSA release. Introduced by Rep. Erin Houchin, the bill criticizes late and glitch-ridden FAFSA rollout. Despite legal requirement for Jan. 1 release, form typically public by Oct. 1. Late 2021 release caused higher education disruptions. Bill received conditional Democratic support, calling for increased Education Department investment. Rep. Bob Good’s amendment requires annual confirmation of deadline adherence by Sept. 1.

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