Removing the application for federal aid would encourage more qualified low-income students to apply to college. nytimes.com|By Susan Dynarski

This article makes sense to me. Follow the data. My FAFSA form was so long, it included all of my income tax form anyway, so they might as well just use them, and drop the fafsa form.
Susan Dynarsky wrote “To quantify just how much the aid bureaucracy discourages college attendance, a team of economists ran a randomized trial in which families applied for aid in a radically simplified process. The results were striking: The streamlined process increased the share of low-income young people who attended college for two years by eight percentage points (to 36 percent from 28 percent).”

Removing the application for federal aid would encourage more qualified low-income students to apply to college.
nytimes.com|By Susan Dynarski