Plenty of Ideas About Student Aid, but No Road Map

Proposals on access lack specificity, students and college officials complain

In its final draft report, the Commission on the Future of Higher Education calls for restructuring student aid, simplifying the application form for federal aid, and curbing the growth of college costs and prices. But the panel provides few details of how to achieve those aims.

Lobbyists for colleges and students — and even some commission members — say the lack of specificity