Education Department Official, Defying Critics, Says Improved Student-Aid System Is On Track

Despite criticism from Republican lawmakers and advisers to Congress on student-aid issues, a top Education Department official said last week that his office's efforts to modernize the delivery of federal financial aid are on track.

"I am confident that we are going to completely transform student-aid delivery over the next several years," Greg Woods, chief operating officer of the Office of Student Financial Assistance, said at a meeting of lenders, college administrators, and