Republicans target Education Department for financial aid delays as Cardona shifts blame

The Department of Education has become the latest target of the Republican Party’s ire after Secretary Miguel Cardona blamed colleges for the delay in financial aid offers.

Cardona claimed some colleges and universities were not ready to receive the “institutional student information records” that are necessary to give students financial aid offers.

“Based on some of the requests we received from schools earlier this week, we believe some schools are still not fully prepared to receive ISIRs,” Cardona said in a letter last week. “It’s critical that your team is ready to receive student records and can begin putting together student aid packages as efficiently as possible.”

The delay has prompted backlash from some Republicans in the Senate, including Education Committee ranking member Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

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