With less than 50 days in office, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos dislikes the idea of the Biden administration bringing a free college to market.
During a virtual conference hosted by Federal Student Aid, DeVos went on a tirade criticizing politicians who "advance the truly insidious notion of government gifts."
"We've heard high-pitched calls to 'cancel', 'give' and 'do everything for free'," DeVos said, according to MarketWatch. "Every harmless label out there cannot disguise what it really is: false."
Progressive Democrats like Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have urged Biden to shed up to $ 50,000 in student debt. Biden has announced multiple times that it will cancel up to $ 10,000 per borrower as part of a coronavirus relief move.
Demand for student debt relief has increased in recent years as student debt has become the second highest debt. Americans combined have more than $ 1.5 trillion in student loans. Warren has even proposed bypassing Biden Congress and wiping student debts through an executive order.
In addition to reducing some student debt, Biden talked about making community college and four-year public colleges free for students earning less than $ 125,000.
DeVos, despised during her tenure as Secretary of Education for violating a judge's order on student loans, believes the free college is the beginning of a socialist takeover.
"The campaign for a 'free college' is a matter of total government control," DeVos said at the virtual event. "Make no mistake: it's a socialist takeover of higher education."
Student loans have been put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. These payments will resume on December 1st. With the coronavirus currently worsening in the US, there may be spikes in defaults if nothing is done to delay or cancel those defaults.
Biden, whose wife is an educator, promised to name a current or past teacher as his education secretary. Tony Thurmond is one of those looking to replace DeVos, California Public Education Superintendent Rep. Jahana Hayes, who received 2015 John F. Kennedy Teacher of the Year and Waterbury School District Educator of the Year awards. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers; and Lily Eskelsen García, former president of the National Education Association.