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Miguel Cardona’s Confirmation as Education Secretary

Monday, March 8, 2021
Ashley Harrington

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Dr. Miguel Cardona was confirmed as the Secretary of Education by the U.S. Senate.

Federal Advocacy Director for the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Ashley Harrington made the following statement:

Secretary Cardona’s confirmation bodes well for student borrowers, millions of whom are bearing unmanageable student debt as a result of federal policy choices and failures. We look forward to working with Secretary Cardona to reboot a system that has diminished the promise of higher education as a pathway to the American dream. We appreciate his acknowledgement that, because of historic and ongoing systemic inequities, the student debt crisis especially impacts people of color, who must borrow more for college and struggle in repayment.

We urge Secretary Cardona to use every tool at his disposal to support student borrowers, including student debt cancellation, accountability for predatory for-profit colleges, reform of the repayment system, and other reforms that will restore the promise of higher education.

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Press Contact: carol.parish@responsiblelending.org