Is help afoot for those college bills?
Paying for college is an extraordinary expense for most families. But parents of students with Asperger’s often must bear the additional cost of paying for support services to help their student deal with the social and organizational aspects of a successful college career. Thursday’s action by the U.S. House of Representatives, aimed at drastically overhauling the nation’s college aid programs, might bring some relief to financially stressed wallets. The bill — supported by President Obama but still in need of Senate approval — pushes private lenders out of the student loan business. It would increase the maximum Pell Grant to $6,900 and save taxpayers an estimated $87 billion, the Congressional Budget Office forecasts.