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AACN President Invited to White House Ceremony

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WASHINGTON, DC: June 10, 2014 - Eileen T. Breslin, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), was invited to the White House yesterday to attend a special briefing from President Barack Obama, who announced enhancements to federal programs designed to help alleviate student debt. The Administration announced its commitment to working with AACN to provide comprehensive information about repayment options and federal student aid resources available to America’s graduates including nursing students.

Dr. Breslin (front row in red) was joined at this event by Chandra Burnside, AACN’s former Associate Director of Government Affairs (pictured below to the right of the President wearing glasses) who is now a master’s degree candidate in the Clinical Nurse Leader program at the University of Virginia. Representatives from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Association also attended to lend their support of the Administration’s initiative. During the proceedings, the President signed a memorandum directing the Secretary of Education to propose regulations that would allow nearly five million additional federal direct student loan borrowers the opportunity to cap their student loan payments at 10 percent of their income. The Presidential Memorandum also outlines a series of new executive actions aimed to support federal student loan borrowers, especially for vulnerable borrowers who may be at greater risk of defaulting on their loans.

For more details about this federal initiative, including enhancements to the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) program, see the new White House Fact Sheet on Making Student Loans More Affordable, which is posted online at: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/09/factsheet-making-student-loans-more-affordable.