Good evening, everyone. Thank you, Doug, for the warm welcome, and for all your hard work and leadership at ACTE. I also want to recognize our UFT colleagues in the room, for your tireless efforts on behalf of students.
I'm pleased to be back at the FSA conference. And I'm excited to speak to you today for two reasons.
First, I want to celebrate the critically important but too often unrecognized work that financial aid officers do every day throughout our country.
The U.S. Department of Education announced today the launch of an online "one-stop shop" aimed at guidance counselors and other advisers, such as staff or volunteers at community-based organizations, who assist students through the process of selecting and financing their higher education.
Last August, President Obama outlined an ambitious plan to increase value and affordability in postsecondary education. There were a number of commitments he made in his proposal, and, today, the U.S.