As college-​​access advo­cates work to pre­serve fed­eral student-​​aid funds in a dif­fi­cult budget cli­mate, it’s nat­ural that most of their atten­tion is focused on Pell Grants. After all, that pro­gram pro­vides low-​​income stu­dents with grants that don’t have to be repaid. But Joseph E. Aoun, the pres­i­dent of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, is wor­ried that the Perkins Loan pro­gram, which pro­vides low-​​interest fed­eral loans to needy stu­dents at par­tic­i­pating col­leges, is get­ting lost in the shuffle. And, with that pro­gram set to expire in 2014, it is an urgent concern.

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