Education Department

Servicers prepare for student loan payments to resume

Borrowers will resume payments on federal student loans on Feb. 1, nearly two years after repayments were deferred due to the pandemic. The vast majority of borrowers say they won’t be ready to pay.

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Report makes suggestions for simplifying FAFSA verification

FAFSA verification can be a burden for students and institutions alike. College access advisers and financial aid administrators say data sharing and changing how the Education Department selects students for verification could provide relief.

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Department outlines changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Most of the reforms are temporary, but they’ll still help hundreds of thousands of borrowers chart a renewed path toward loan forgiveness.

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Advocacy groups push for Title IX changes ahead of 'double red zone'

Petition demands the Department of Education take action by Oct. 1 to undo the Trump administration’s Title IX regulations, given that most sexual assaults occur at the beginning of the academic year.

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Biden administration extends repayment pause to January 2022

While the announcement was generally met with praise, it was accompanied by continued calls for the Biden administration to do more to address the student debt crisis.

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'Second-chance Pell' will be expanded for 2022 academic year

Education Department expansion will allow more people to participate in prison education programs while the department prepares for across-the-board Pell Grant access for incarcerated students.

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Warren standoff could delay Department of Education actions

It’s not unusual for senators to hold up the confirmation of presidential nominees -- but it is unusual when the holdup comes from a member of the president’s own party.

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California Community Colleges chancellor will advise Biden administration

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of the California Community Colleges system, will temporarily serve as a special adviser in the U.S. Department of Education. The move was applauded by higher education leaders.

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Education Department approves 1,800 more borrower-defense claims

Borrower-defense claims are receiving new treatment under the Biden administration as the department looks to process applications more quickly.

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Department of Education begins Title IX public hearings

On the first of five days of comment hearings, speakers advocated for and against changes to the Title IX regulations made by former secretary of education Betsy DeVos.

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