Gates Foundation Offers Ways to Simplify Student Aid

As the last of 16 reports on remaking the federal student-financial-aid system trickle out, consensus appears to be building around a few key ideas. The reports, commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, generally agree that students need a simpler process of applying for aid, as well as clearer information on college costs and outcomes.

Several of the reports suggest making the Pell Grant program mandatory, insulating it from yearly budget tumult. At least a few