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Federal student aid office has a big to-do list in 2023, but the same budget

Dec 29, 2022
The office will have to manage student loan forgiveness — if that clears Supreme Court challenges — and the resumption of loan payments after a pandemic pause.
The Supreme Court will hear challenges to the administration's student debt forgiveness policy in February.
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There's a lot at stake with the student loan forgiveness application

Oct 17, 2022
With over 40 million people eligible for debt relief, this is the largest operation of its kind in the department’s history.
President Joe Biden speaks about his student debt relief plan with Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on Oct. 17.
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Biden’s student loan debt relief plan, explained

Oct 13, 2022
We help you figure out whether you’re eligible and answer questions about the plan.
Student loan borrowers at a rally outside the White House in August after the president  announced his plan to forgive some student debt.
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"This is your principal calling": Schools get creative to boost attendance

Aug 11, 2022
Principals are calling, texting and throwing pizza parties in an effort to bring down chronic absenteeism that can affect funding.
In some places, average daily attendance determines how much money schools get from the state.
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Department of Education appoints its first chief economist

Jun 15, 2022
The agency said it’s part of bringing a more data-based approach to policymaking.
The Department of Education recently announced that Jordan Matsudaira will be the first chief economist in its 43-year history.
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No interest, no payments required on federal student loans until 2021

Aug 25, 2020
The Department of Education just extended temporary relief for borrowers with federally held student loans.
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Why the former education secretary says "education runs on lies"

Sep 3, 2018
There's a disconnect between politicians' words on education and their actions, says Arne Duncan.
Then-Secretary of Education Arne Duncan meets with student chefs during a high school culinary contest in 2012.
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"Money is never enough,” the former federal education secretary says

Jul 24, 2018
We need high expectations for kids along with investment in schools, Arne Duncan says.
Then-Education Secretary Arne Duncan talks with second-graders at Paul Revere Elementary school in San Francisco in 2009
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What the Secretary of Education wishes he had accomplished

Jan 6, 2017
Secretary of Education John King reflects on his time in office.
Dr. John King, speaks during his Senate confirmation hearing to become Education secretary, on Capitol Hill, February 25, 2016 in Washington, DC. If confirmed by the US Senate, Dr. King will replace outgoing Education Secretary Arne Duncan. 
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Government details help for students defrauded by predatory colleges

Oct 28, 2016
Since Corinthian Colleges collapsed last year amid allegations of fraud, the Education Department has discharged $247 million in student loans.
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