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July 1, 2009

U.S. Education Secretary Duncan Announces Relief for Federal Student Loan Borrowers

Starting July 1, a new repayment option is available that makes monthly payments more affordable for Americans with heavy federal student loan burdens. The new Income-Based Repayment (IBR) plan protects borrowers by linking payments to income and family size. A related new program offers additional benefits to those working in public service jobs.

June 30, 2009

Secretary of Education Announces Resources to Push Reforms, Make College Affordable

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that starting tomorrow $13 billion will be available for schools and that millions of current and former college students will benefit from better student loans and financial aid.

June 24, 2009

Obama Administration Announces Streamlined College Aid Application

The Obama Administration today announced a shorter, simpler, and more user friendly Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that will make it easier to apply for college financial aid.

June 22, 2009

Five States Chosen to Receive Technical Assistance in Developing 'Green' Career-Technical Programs of Study

The U.S. Department of Education and its National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) in Louisville, Ky., announced today the selection of five states to receive technical assistance from the center in developing green-focused "programs of study" in career and technical education.

The states are: Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, and Oregon.

June 15, 2009

Education Department Official to Lead U.S. Delegation to Jordan for Middle East, North Africa Community College Forum

Glenn Cummings, former speaker of Maine's House of Representatives and newly appointed deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, will lead a delegation of U.S. community college presidents and researchers to an international conference promoting community colleges Tuesday and Wednesday in Amman, Jordan.

June 4, 2009

Secretary Duncan Announces Grant Competition to Retrain Displaced Workers, Help Rebuild America's Economy

Milwaukee — U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited the Milwaukee Area Technical College today to announce a $7 million special competitive grant to establish innovative and sustainable community college programs that prepare displaced workers for second careers.

March 6, 2009

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Dr. Jill Biden Visit Miami Dade College to Discuss Improving Nation's Education System and the Importance of Community Colleges in Job Creation

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Dr. Jill Biden today held a panel discussion with students at Miami Dade College to exchange ideas on improving the nation's higher education system and the importance of community colleges in job creation. Duncan and Biden also discussed how funds from the stimulus package will help make college more affordable for families.

February 26, 2009

Education Secretary Duncan Highlights Budget Proposals to Increase College Access and Affordability

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today highlighted provisions of the Department of Education's proposed FY 2010 budget overview that would dramatically expand student financial aid while making it simpler, more reliable and more efficient. "We need to invest in our economic future and enable our kids to compete in today's global environment.