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Tennessee Senator looking to change how people apply for financial aid

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - A Tennessee Senator is looking to change how people apply for financial aid.

Right now, those wanting to qualify for federal money must fill out several pages of paperwork called the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The application can take between two and threes hours to complete.

Before ETSU'S graduation ceremony on Saturday, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander told us that much paper work can be overwhelming for some students.

"Let's say you come from a family from Blount County, Greene County or Washington County and didn't go to college, and you are presented with all these questions in your senior year of high school. it intimidates a lot of kids from going to college,' said Alexander.

Alexander also says the process is too regulated and he wants it narrowed down to how many people live in your home and how much did you make.

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