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Department of Education freezes student loan payments through September

At the request of President Joe Biden, the Department of Education on Thursday extended the already nearly yearlong pause on student loan payments through September, allowing the new administration to begin delivering on its campaign promise to prioritize and begin addressing the more than $1.5 trillion debt crisis.

Requesting the department issue a forbearance extension on federal student loans was among 17 executive actions Mr. Biden signed on his first day in office Wednesday evening. Many, including his action on student debt and and an extension on eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, are aimed at relieving Americans from economic burdens worsened

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Education in virus era dominates Tennessee special session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, responding to educational challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, directed state lawmakers Tuesday to quickly pass teacher pay raises and adopt a new reading benchmark for students to pass third grade.

But the Republican governor also had harsh remarks for schools that had rebuffed his push for in-person learning, declaring that those districts were not using science to make such decisions — a criticism that has sparked objections from Democratic lawmakers and education advocates.

“You can’t say follow the science and keep school closed,” Lee said. “You can’t say I believe in public

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Gavin Williamson ‘the worst education secretary in living memory’, says Lib Dem leader Ed Davey

The leader of the Lib Dems has called on Gavin Williamson to resign (UK PARLIAMENT/AFP via Getty Imag)
The leader of the Lib Dems has called on Gavin Williamson to resign (UK PARLIAMENT/AFP via Getty Imag)

Gavin Williamson is “the worst education secretary in living memory,” the leader of the Liberal Democrats has said, calling for more support for students starting the new university term online.

Ed Davey urged the government to compensate students for courses disrupted by Covid-19, which has forced most teaching online in England until at least mid-February.

Students have previously told The Independent they thought they deserved refunds on tuition fees as coronavirus puts a stop to face-to-face learning and prevents them using campus

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As DeVos exits, where does education go next?

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is one of the highest profile Cabinet members to resign from President Donald Trump’s administration, writing in the wake of the rampage at the Capitol, “Impressionable children are watching all of this, and they are learning from us.” 

“There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me,” she wrote to the president on Jan. 7.

Her departure on Friday was a dramatic finale for one of the longest-serving, and most controversial, members of President Trump’s senior administrative team – ending one of the most highly

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What Is a Certified College Financial Consultant (CCFC)?

College student in a library
College student in a library

When families are wrestling with the challenge of paying the costs of higher education, a certified college financial consultant (CCFC) can help. CCFCs have gotten specialized training in education funding, including tax consequences, credits and student loans.  Most of the people who CCFCs are certified financial planners or chartered financial consultants. By virtue of their own education in financial planning, they are already well-qualified to deliver general financial advice. The CCFC training gives them more insight into the particular issues surrounding education finance.

CCFC Issuing Body and Requirements

The CCFC is issued by the American

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