The Department only seems to use its compromise power in a very narrow set of cases, but there are signs that the zeitgeist may be shifting.
New regulations governing student debt leave too much power concentrated with Education officials.
Reluctance by Education officials to exercise their debt cancellation powers unfairly punishes students.
Federal officials should reorient themselves around students’ best interests instead of departmental budgets.
Despite the breadth of the Department of Educations’s debt-cancellation powers, it has failed to employ its powers to their fullest extent.