‘There’s Nothing More Important Right Now’: Cardona Commits to Fixing FAFSA Disaster

"Education Secretary Miguel Cardona defended his administration’s botched debut of a new federal student aid application, as Republican appropriators pressed the cabinet official to explain the cause of glitches that are now expected to require weeks of repair work," POLITICO reports.

..."While they didn’t invite anyone from the department to testify at the higher education subcommittee hearing, GOP lawmakers asked panelists whether anyone from the Education Department has taken accountability for the botched rollout of FAFSA and whether anyone should be fired for it.

Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, said the department has acknowledged that this has been a challenging time, but he said he has 'yet to hear any sort of apologies' from the department to schools and families.

'This committee bipartisanly has the responsibility to explore whether there should be ramifications,' he said. '[I]f there was a financial aid director or even a college president that delayed financial aid on their campus for up to six months, the professional price that would be paid for that would be pretty steep.'"

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Publication Date: 4/10/2024

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