Across Party Lines
"Financial aid administrators from 900 institutions in all 50 states got a glimpse into how their niche would be affected by both presidential candidates when James Kvall, policy director for Obama for America, and Scott Fleming, an education policy advisor for Romney for President, spoke at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) national conference in Chicago in July," University Business reports. "Despite bumping heads on a number of ideas, the candidates agree there needs to be an improvement in higher education access and student success, shares Fleming. The differences, he says, lay in the candidates’ opinions on how to get there—and, not surprisingly, how much the federal government should regulate the financial aid industry. 'We do need to be frugal, but at the same time, the federal government does have a role in promoting opportunity for students,' said Kvall, pointing out Obama’s belief in the need to fund research and reforms for states and institutions to make the higher education system work better for students and tax payers. 'I think you’d be hard pressed to find any president who has responded more aggressively to the questions of debt and affordability than this one,' he added. Kvall noted that Obama believes in the need to permanently increase Pell funding, as well as to double the number of work-study slots over five years, making those jobs more relevant to students’ careers."
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