More Tough Questions for Education Department

Inside Higher Ed

Katherine Knott
May 25, 2023
Republicans once again used the hearing, which revealed little new information about the actual policies, to decry the administration’s efforts to overhaul the student loan system.
Picking up where they left off at last week’s hearing with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, Republicans on the House Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee pressed senior department officials for firm answers and commitments on responding to requests for documents and details and on other issues.
Wednesday’s hearing was the second in a series examining the implications of the Biden administration’s policies on the student loan system. This time, Under Secretary James Kvaal and Federal Student Aid chief operating officer Richard Cordray testified. Both men defended the administration’s student loan policies and shared some details about efforts to restart loan payments and to modernize the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.