The Washington Post: How will DeVos influence higher education?

“The confirmation debate was heavily focused on K-12 education and civil rights, but in reality a very large portion of the department’s staff and an overwhelming majority of the department’s funding is tied to higher education initiatives,” said Rohit Chopra, a senior fellow at Consumer Federation of America and former education official under President Barack Obama. “The new secretary will find herself much more occupied by troubles in the student loan market than she anticipated.”
Chopra said DeVos will take the helm at a time when the department is contending with stubbornly high student loan defaults and mounting student complaints about for-profit colleges. 
The department manages nearly $2 trillion in loans and grants, the largest student aid portfolio in its 37-year history. 
The large federal role in higher education finance, and troubles with servicing and collection of student debt, have fueled criticism of the agency’s stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

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