Latest from Danielle Douglas-Gabriel

Student loan borrowers perplexed by Biden administration’s continued defense of Trump-era lawsuits

Advocacy groups are baffled as Justice Department attorneys representing the federal agency hold the line on legal positions that are out of step with President Biden’s agenda.
  • May 14, 2021

Cardona opens emergency grants to undocumented and international college students

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is expanding eligibility for emergency grant aid to undocumented and international college students, reversing a Trump administration policy banning the groups from stimulus funding.
  • May 11, 2021

Former CFPB director Richard Cordray tapped to head federal student aid office

The Biden administration's selection of Richard Cordray, the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to head the Office of Federal Student Aid signals an interest in ramping up oversight of its contractors.
  • May 4, 2021

Higher education leaders praise Biden’s tuition-free college plan: ‘A revolutionary proposal’

President Biden’s $1.8 trillion American Families Plan could deliver a monumental shift in the financing of higher education to the benefit of institutions and students with the fewest financial resources.
  • Apr 28, 2021

White House proposes $1.8 trillion package that would dramatically expand education, safety net programs

Universal preschool and free community college are among a plethora of initiatives that would be paid for by tax increases and IRS changes.
  • Apr 28, 2021

Washington pumped $35 billion into emergency grants for college students. Here’s how it’s going.

It is the largest federal investment in grants to rescue students in crisis and an undertaking rife with bureaucratic hurdles. Still, the proliferation of emergency aid programs is one of the few trends to emerge from the pandemic that higher education experts hope will remain.
  • Apr 25, 2021

Biden’s mammoth education agenda would expand the federal role from cradle to college

President Biden has proposed — or is expected to propose — a half dozen education programs that would constitute the largest federal investment in education in at least a half century.
  • Apr 21, 2021
  • Podcast

Will the president cancel student debt?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, an economist, and a student all weigh in on what to do — or not — about student debt, in this first episode in our occasional series about the policy challenges that President Biden might face during his first year in office.
  • Apr 15, 2021

The faces of student debt

Nearly 45 million people hold $1.7 trillion in education loans and older people, black students are among the fastest growing group of borrowers.
  • Apr 6, 2021

Cardona extends pause in student loan payments to 1 million borrowers with defaulted loans

The Biden administration is extending the student loan moratorium to over a million borrowers in default on federal debt held by private companies.
  • Mar 30, 2021