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Streamlining and Simplifying Federal Student Aid

Earlier today (March 21), the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce hosted a hearing focused upon streamlining and simplifying federal student aid.  The subcommittee heard from a Vice Provost, a financial aid administrator, an education policy expert, and a representative of a think tank.  More … Continue Reading

Department of Education in Hot Seat Defending Another Administrative Procedure Act Lawsuit

Apart from defending Title IX lawsuits in Texas, Nebraska, Illinois, and the District of Columbia based on its Dear Colleague Letters (transgender bathroom/locker room guidance and guidance announcing the preponderance of the evidence standard for campus sexual harassment and assault disciplinary proceedings), the U. S. Department of Education now is a defendant in a Title … Continue Reading

Borrower Defense to Repayment Regulations Now Publicly Available

Though the controversial borrower defense to repayment proposed regulations will not be officially published until Thursday, June 16, 2016, a copy (530 pages) has been placed on public display at the Office of the Federal Register.  Earlier today the U.S. Department of Education issued a press release announcing the regulations. Voluminous comments can be expected from the … Continue Reading

Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Role of Consumer Information in College Choice

As part of the backdrop to reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM on the Role of Consumer Information in College Choice.   Witnesses are Mark Schneider, Ph.D., Vice President and Institute Fellow at the American … Continue Reading

Federal Student Aid Handbook Updates for 2014-2015

The Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) of the U.S. Department of Education continues to roll out updates to its six (6) volume electronic Federal Student Aid Handbook for 2014-2015—a “go to” searchable resource.  The Handbook is the plain English explanation of federal financial aid (how it works, requirements for disbursing and managing loans, grants, … Continue Reading

Administration Seeks to Use Federal Student Aid and Accreditation to Control Tuition and Student Outcomes

In its policy plan released after the State of the Union message, the Obama Administration intends to leverage federal student aid and the accreditation process to control the price of tuition and student outcomes in higher education.  The release–“The President’s Plan for a Strong Middle Class & Strong America“–consists of eight pages of bullet points … Continue Reading