Sending Office: Honorable Suzanne Bonamici
Support College Students and Student Loan Borrowers
Fund Student Aid Administration at the U.S. Department of Education
Deadline: March 14, 2018
Please join us in asking the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee to support the Student Aid Administration account at the U.S. Department of Education.
The Student Aid Administration account funds the operation of programs, including the Pell Grant and Federal Work Study programs, that provide students and families with billions of dollars in federal student aid each year. The Student Aid Administration
account also funds loan servicing for more than 40 million Americans who are repaying student debt.
Importantly, the Student Aid Administration account supports the Department’s oversight and enforcement of its aid programs. The Department investigates allegations of fraud and protects students from unscrupulous higher education institutions, like Corinthian
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in Rep. Davis’s office.
Suzanne Bonamici Susan A. Davis
Member of Congress Member of Congress
The Honorable Tom Cole The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
Chairman Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and
Human Services, and Education Human Services, and Education
House Appropriations Committee House Appropriations Committee
H-309, U.S. Capitol 1016 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:
Each year, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) helps millions of students and families plan for and finance higher education by providing financial aid information and disbursing approximately $150 billion of federal aid. As you develop the Fiscal
Year (FY) 2019 appropriations bill for the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, we respectfully request that you include at least $1.77 billion for the Student Aid Administration account.
The Pell Grant program; campus-based aid programs, including the Federal Work-Study Program; Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grants; and federal student loan programs for undergraduate students, graduate students, and
parents are all administered under the Student Aid Administration account.
The Student Aid Administration account also supports a wide array of functions that affect the roughly 43 million Americans who are repaying federal student loans. The Department services more than $1.4 trillion of student debt; helps borrowers access repayment
plans, deferment options, and forgiveness benefits; and collects on debt that is in default and counsels borrowers back into repayment.
Additionally, the Student Aid Administration account provides critical oversight of student aid programs. For example, the Department’s Student Aid Enforcement Unit investigates allegations of misconduct at higher education institutions and imposes penalties
on institutions that defraud students.
Institutions of higher education that receive federal funding should be held accountable if they defraud students or violate federal laws. The collapse of Corinthian Colleges, Inc. and ITT Technical Institutes underscores the importance of responding rapidly
to evidence that institutions are misleading their students or are at risk of closing suddenly. When federal dollars prop up financially unstable institutions and those that market misinformation, the result is wasteful spending of American taxpayers’ money.
More importantly, deceptive institutions too often leave vulnerable students with exorbitant debts and few job prospects.
Congress should do all it can to protect students and taxpayers from unscrupulous higher education institutions by strengthening the Department of Education’s enforcement capacity and processes to make borrowers whole again after they have been defrauded.
Students who pursue higher education must be assured that they are making a sound investment and setting themselves up for a successful future. At the same time, Congress should make accessing federal student aid simpler and more transparent, and it should
continue to insist on improved loan servicing, so people with student loan debt can manage their payments without difficulty. The Student Aid Administration account is critical to achieving each of these goals.
We respectfully ask that you appropriate $1.77 billion for Student Aid Administration in FY 2019. Thank you for considering our request.
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