Student Aid Emerges as Hot Political Topic
Obama offer of loan relief lands amid spending fight
Federal financial aid for college students is emerging as a hot issue in Washington, as policymakers seek to balance the need to help students gain access to higher education during an economic downturn against the pressure to rein in spending and cut the deficit.
The Obama administration recently announced a series of changes to the federal student-lending efforts aimed at making it easier for borrowers to repay their loans—prompting an outcry from Republican lawmakers in Congress and from some GOP presidential candidates who are concerned that the proposal will encourage students to take on more debt than they can afford, ultimately increasing costs for taxpayers.
At the same time, lawmakers in the House and Senate have divergent visions for how to provide a firmer fiscal footing for a separate pillar of federal student aid: the financially strained Pell Grant program, which helps low-income students cover...
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