US Senator Mike Rounds, right, listens to constituent concerns during a federal student aid forum Monday night.

United States Senator Mike Rounds facilitated a discussion with more than a dozen constituents during a federal financial aid forum Monday evening.

Rounds expressed his concerns about student aid and solicited input from the crowd. He compared the relative ease of funding his own education four decades ago to what students and families are experiencing today. The challenges of defaulting, payback timeframe, delays in starting a family, the draw of higher pay in other states, tech school, dual credit pitfalls, and issues with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application process were among the topics discussed.

As federal student aid legislation is slated to come before congress in 2022, Rounds stated that he intends to use the information gleaned from the round table forum to propose improvements to the way post-secondary education loans are administered.