The House of Representatives on Sept. 17 passed legislation that expands federal aid to college students while ending federal subsidies to private lenders, reports the New York Times. By shifting to direct federal lending, the Obama administration says it can save more than $80 billion over 10 years, which would go into higher Pell grants for low-income students, new investments in community colleges, early-childhood programs, and other education efforts. The House vote was 253 to 171. The measure, called the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, now goes to the Senate, where Democratic leaders expect it to pass. Under the...

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