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CHEAT SHEET: President Obama’s Higher Ed Plan: What Requires Congressional Approval?

Published:  August 22, 2013

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about what in President Obama’s higher education proposal requires Congressional approval. We’ve made this cheat sheet to give you a quick and dirty look. This is not meant to be exhaustive. Instead, it’s a straightforward way to evaluate what the President has power to do while clarifying some important requirements.

As an added benefit, the cheat sheet follows each point in the White House fact sheet on the President’s plan to make college more affordable. It’s available as a picture, Excel spreadsheet, and PDF for your convenience.

And if it isn’t obvious, green means President Obama has the go-ahead. Red means stop for Congressional gridlock. 

Click on image to enlarge it.

Stay tuned in the coming days for more analysis of the White House proposal.

Edited 8/22/2013 to add a note to "Make all borrowers eligible for Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE)"

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