New Financial Aid Budget Plans

March 15 2016  The President of the United States files a budget plan annually to Congress for review for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. This application, first mandatory after the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921, describes the spending and revenue arrangements for all federal agencies and departments, along with the Department of State, Agriculture and Education.

The outlines are reviewed by the Congressional Budget Office and submitted to the House and Senate Budget Committee for deliberation. How open these representatives are to the president's proposition depends on certain elements such as party politics.

The Department of Education's superior fraction of its proposed budget bids to continue the administration's focal point on admission, cost and graduation. The bid puts an extra significance on students graduating, stating, "the Administration has doubled down on its efforts toward a new higher education focus on degree completion, in addition to college access and affordability, seeking to help shift incentives at every level to focus on student success, not just on access."

While their reasoning is sound, students and graduates are more likely to be occupied with how the proposed budget realistically effects them. Let’s review some of the Education Department's plans, as well as their ramifications.

Summer Pell Grants

The submitted budget reestablishes the capability for full-time students who have drained their Pell Grant qualifications for the year to obtain supplementary Pell funds for the summertime.

The plan here is to offer impoverished students motivation to finish their credentials and do so speedily, which would theoretically diminish student loan debt. The bid also wants to accelerate things by granting an additional $300 "Pell bonus" for those students taking at least fifteen hours per semester, which is more than a full-time course load – defined as twelve hours by federal aid policies.

 Perkins Wind Down

The budget offer alters the Perkins loan curriculum to an unsubsidized loan arrangement. That means the interest on the loan would be the duty of the borrower and would start accumulation upon expenditure; presently, the federal government compensates the interest on Perkins loans while the borrower is in school, in a grace period or during certain periods of payment postponement.

The curriculum would still be the establishment’s responsibility, but would be implemented federally as a direct loan program.

Easier FAFSA

The Department of Education is trying to diminish the doubts on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It introduces this by relying mainly on tax return details and expel inquiries related to capital and increased types of income along with savings and investments.

Income-Driven Repayment

The suggested budget creates a single income-driven compensation plan for borrowers who take their first loan on or after July 1, 2017. The arrangement would be comparable to the new Revised Pay As You Earn deal. Current borrowers would still have recourse to whichever compensation plans they are suited for.

 Teacher Forgiveness

The Education Department is hoping to simplify and continue to develop the current teacher incentive programs by linking the existing TEACH Grant with the Teacher Loan Forgiveness benefit for a maximum reimbursement amount of $25,000.

 Students who graduate from "an effective preparation program" and who started teaching in a low-income school beginning in 2021 would possibly be qualified for this total amount, while others with lesser credentials could possibly be authorized for up to $10,000. The budget also establishes forgiveness amounts based on time used teaching in these areas in urgent need.

Public Service Forgiveness

The bid would confine the forgiveness aid under Public Service Loan Forgiveness to $57,500. The argument for this budget is to shield students and taxpayers against corporate proceedings that may motivate over-borrowing. The Student Loan Ranger wants to accentuate that this is only a proposition, and if it should pass, it would not implement to current borrowers.

 While the intention for the bid development is a budget settlement that passes both the House and Senate, doing so is not a qualification. With an impending presidential election and accordingly a moderately low number of voting days in Congress this year, the Student Loan Ranger isn't sure that passing the proposal will be of importance.

 Even if they integrate the budget, it's implausible that this Congress would even consider any of these bids, unless they meet detailed agendas – which most do not. In brief, the Student Loan Ranger recommend readers to look at this planned proposal as more of a recommendation for future Democratic policy bids when Congress commences the approval of the Higher Education Act, likely in 2017 or later.