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Post-Secondary Education and Federal Student Aid
===Recent Updates===
*In April 2017, Education Secretary [[Trump_Administration#Secretary_of_Education_Betsy_DeVos|Betsy DeVos]] issued a memo that rolled back the Obama administration's student loan protections. Obama's memos required the Federal Student Aid Office to help borrowers manage their debt. These changes will likely increase the risk that borrowers will fail to pay back their loans due to lack of information or assistance and thus face harsh penalties. [https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-11/devos-undoes-obama-student-loan-protections]
*21 state Attorneys General have sent a letter to the Department of Education opposing the student loan protection rollback. New York AG Eric Schneiderman called the changes "shameful" and said "We should be looking for ways to ease the burden of student debt, not enabling the student loan servicing industry to manipulate and exploit students."[https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-20-other-attorneys-general-send-joint-letter-us-department-education]
*Citing "privacy concerns," the IRS and Federal Student Aid '''shut down the Digital Retrieval Tool (DRT)''' used to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is a necessary first step for college students seeking financial aid, and the DRT simplified the process by automatically entering taxpayer data. While the form is offline, '''students will have to manually enter tax data in order to see if they qualify for aid.''' [https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/update-internal-revenue-service-irs-and-federal-student-aid-fsa-statement-irs-data-retrieval-tool-drt]
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