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Md. colleges clarify applications for financial aid

More than 100 universities, including Goucher College and Loyola University Maryland, will clarify application instructions to ensure they are not violating federal law by requiring extra forms to determine eligibility for financial aid, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said Monday.

The Baltimore lawmaker and top-ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform had launched an investigation last month into whether 111 schools were requiring applicants to submit a financial aid form other than the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or had failed to make clear that only the FAFSA was necessary.

In a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Monday, Cummings said all of the schools reviewed had changed their websites to clarify requirements for student aid applications. "The changes made by these institutions demonstrate a commitment to ensuring that students receive appropriate instructions when applying for financial aid," Cummings wrote.

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