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Head of Federal Student Financial Aid Office Resigns

The top official in the Department of Education's student financial aid office has resigned, Politico reports.

James Runcie submitted his resignation Tuesday night following an apparent disagreement with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos over Runcie's testimony on improper aid payments scheduled for tomorrow before a congressional oversight committee. Under DeVos, the department is proposing broad cuts to student aid programs, as well as higher monthly payments on student loans to allow for faster loan forgiveness. Last month, the department rolled back protections for student loan borrowers.

DeVos testifies today before Congress about the proposed education budget, which offers deep cuts to most programs but a big spike to school choice funding.