Biden’s ‘boat with holes in it’ steams committee chairwoman

Focusing too much on free college is overshadowing good governance, according to a North Carolina congresswoman who believes that the numerous mistakes made by families while filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form are becoming overwhelming.

“This latest round of mistakes by the Biden administration only highlights the urgent need for transparency and accountability in postsecondary education,” remarked U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., who serves as the chairwoman of the Education and Workforce Committee in the House of Representatives. She compared the administration’s actions to setting sail in a boat with holes, emphasizing the importance of addressing these issues promptly.”

On Friday, the Department of Education published a notice from its Federal Student Aid group regarding inaccurate tax information that was provided to schools on the Institutional Student Information Records for 2024-25 FAFSA applications. According to the post, less than 20% of individuals were affected by this issue.

Federal Student Aid issued updates on Monday regarding three issues. The first issue pertains to inconsistent tax data transferal, while the second issue addresses inconsistencies in instructions. The updates aim to provide clarity and resolve these issues.

FAFSA encountered issues with the introduction of a new form this year. While it is typically accessible in October, it wasn’t available until December 31. The delay has impeded colleges and universities in their efforts to distribute financial aid packages to students due to technical glitches and miscalculations.

College administrators have expressed that the primary aim of the new form is to simplify and streamline the process for families. It directly links to an IRS tool, which enhances its convenience.

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Families and higher education have faced numerous challenges that are not their fault.

In a statement, Foxx criticized the Education Department for its lack of diligence and failure to properly test data. According to Foxx, this recent mishap, along with numerous others, could have been avoided or identified much earlier if the department had been more careful. The constant mistakes and delays from the department have caused institutions, families, and states to doubt the accuracy of any data provided by the administration. Foxx also accused the administration of prioritizing its illegal student loan scheme instead of fulfilling its responsibilities.

In addition, she criticized the Biden administration’s proposal to transfer the responsibility of student loan repayment to taxpayers.

According to her, it is important to remember that Biden’s student loan policies fail to address the issue of expensive tuition. She argues that the term “forgiving” loans is nonsensical since loans do not actually disappear but are instead shouldered by taxpayers. This approach of forgiving loans creates a signal to borrowers that they will never have to repay their loans. Consequently, educational institutions will continue to raise tuition prices, leading to more borrowing by students. The lack of accountability for poor student outcomes further exacerbates the problem.

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