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Congress recently approved a handful of measures aimed to make the process of paying for college easier.

The changes were tucked inside two big funding bills President Trump signed into law in the final days of 2019. None is the sort of sweeping, exciting proposal—such as eliminating public college tuition or canceling student debt—that has made waves recently. But advocates for each say they are concrete steps that will help families saving for college, applying for financial aid, and paying off loans.

Here are the details for each of the changes, including who can benefit and when they'll take effect.

Applying for Federal Financial Aid May Get Easier

FAFSA is the gatekeeper to billions of dollars of federal grants and student loans. Yet filling out the form is a notorious struggle for students and their parents. In the best cases, the process simply causes headaches for families who have to retrieve information from their tax files and input it into a different format. But in the worst-case scenario, it acts as a barrier to college access—blocking low-income students from aid they’re eligible for.