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*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 (AG) 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 . 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]
*The budget to fund the government through fall 2017 includes $22.5 billion for Pell Grants, which is the same as the 2016 enacted level. When combined with mandatory funding, these discretionary funds enable the maximum grant to increase to $5,920, an increase of $105 in the 2017-2018 school year. The bill reinstates year-round or summer Pell grants, which is estimated to provide one million students an additional Pell grant of, on average, $1,650. [https://rules.house.gov/sites/republicans.rules.house.gov/files/115/OMNI/CPRT-115-HPRT-RU00-SAHR244-AMNT.pdf]

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