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Pa. senator told to increase, simplify college aid

October 6, 2009 12:09:11 PM PDT
Witnesses testifying at a congressional field hearing on college affordability say the government should increase financial aid and simplify the process of applying for it.

Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania chaired the hearing Monday afternoon at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Three students, a parent and three experts in college costs said it's hard for families to meet the rising price of higher education.

They encouraged Casey to expand the federal Pell Grant program for needy students. They also said many students are discouraged by needlessly complex financial aid forms.

The House recently passed a bill that would oust private lenders from the student loan business and boost Pell Grants. The legislation must still be approved by the Senate.

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