MSCHE Joins Push for Coordinated Federal Student Aid

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) joined Higher Learning Advocates (HLA) and 30 partners in a letter submitted to the Office of Management & Budget (OMB), requesting that OMB improve coordination across federal agencies to ensure that students receive the federal aid provided under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

In the letter to Robert Fairweather, Acting Director for the Office of Management & Budget, HLA wrote: “Improving efficiency, effectiveness, and coordination can help to overcome potential dysfunctions in policy implementation and ensure that all students receive aid and access to means-tested benefits in a timely manner. Greater coordination can reduce costs for both the government and regulated entities not only by avoiding duplication of functions but also by increasing opportunities for agencies exercising related responsibilities to manage and reconcile differences in approach. Coordination that takes the form of interagency consultation can improve the overall quality of decision-making and will allow agencies to work with the urgency needed to respond to the ongoing crisis.”

Read the letter here.