"Student loan debt. I have to work to rectify it because it is outrageous what happens. You don't get the fair start," said President Donald Trump on Thursday during an executive order signing event in the East Room of the White House.
"We have to work a lot, very hard to get it fixed. We have to start with 43 million people in the United States are currently working on paying off student loans and we're talking very soon," said trump.
At one point, he shot, "I've always been very good at loans. I love loans. I love other people's money."
The order also directs the department to come up with political proposals that will hold colleges responsible for student performance.
Some studies suggest that unlimited borrowing may encourage colleges to increase the price of tuition. But then Patty Murray, a Washington State Democrat who is a member of the Senate of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, criticized the loan proposal. In a statement, she said it would "harm students" and ignore the fact that most students cannot afford college without debt.
For the past two years, the administration has been criticized by Democrats as leading college students over students. During DeVos, the Department of Education attempted to roll back an Obama era rule designed to help students cheated by for-profit colleges getting relief on their education debt.
CNN's Maegan Vazquez contributed to this story.