Senator proposes bills to simplify college expenses

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WASHINGTON, DC (WCJB)-- Trying to calculate how much college costs can be confusing for students, but an effort in Congress is trying to change that.

Minnesota Senator Tina Smith introduced three bills this week that she hopes will make the college application process easier for students and their families.

One will help students estimate how much college costs before they apply. The second bill will offer students more counseling on student loans, and the third bill will simplify the finical aid process by implementing a universal language.

Sen. Tina Smith said, "every school does it their own way and it's been built up over years and it works for that school, but the thing is it doesn't work for students and it makes it impossible to kind of comparison shop from one school to another."

Smith hopes the bills will be included and passed in a larger higher education package later this year.