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Secretary Cardona and the Department of Education Can Quickly Implement Student Defense Proposals

WASHINGTON, DC – As Dr. Miguel Cardona awaits a final Senate vote on his confirmation as Secretary of Education, Student Defense’s 100 Day Docket proposals are an opportunity for the Department of Education to quickly improve protections for students without Congressional action. The 100 Day Docket initiative has identified ways for the Department to strengthen enforcement efforts and take administrative actions to protect students. These proposals, which have already garnered public support from senators, members of the House of Representatives, and state attorneys general, include exercising underused authorities in the Higher Education Act to foster equity, implementing stronger protections for students, identifying new pathways to student loan relief, and bringing accountability to predatory colleges and other actors.

“As he takes over the Department of Education after four years under Secretary DeVos, Dr. Cardona has an exciting opportunity to jumpstart real change for students in higher education,” said Student Defense President Aaron Ament. “As Secretary, Dr. Cardona will be able to immediately deliver tangible benefits for millions of student loan borrowers, and to reinvigorate the Department’s enforcement powers to stamp out predatory colleges.”

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100 Day Docket proposals ready for immediate implementation include:

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