Tag Archives: Higher Education Act

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

Combating Campus Sexual Assault is Focus of Senate Hearing

The Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions will receive testimony on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from two panels of witnesses on “Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act:  Combating Campus Sexual Assault.” The hearing begins at 9:00 AM in room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building.   Panel I includes the Honorable Claire McCaskill … 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

Feedback on Senate HELP Committee’s Three White Papers to Aid HEA Reauthorization

Today, the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions released three staff white papers seeking feedback from stakeholders and the public as a part of the Higher Education Act Reauthorization process.  The papers are titled Higher Education Accreditation (17 pages), Risk-Sharing/Skin-In-The-Game (9 pages), and Federal Postsecondary Data Transparency and Consumer Information (12 pages).  Each … Continue Reading

Committee to Examine Report on Higher Education Regulations

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing on the recently-released (Feb. 12, 2015) report of the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education, “Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities” on February 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM.  Two witnesses are on the agenda:  Dr. William E. Kirwan, Chancellor of the … Continue Reading

New Gainful Employment Rule Challenged

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in the District of Columbia earlier today (Nov. 6, 2014), the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) argues the U.S. Department of Education’s recent final regulation (214 pages) on gainful employment is unlawful, arbitrary and capricious, outside the scope of authority of the Higher Education Act … Continue Reading

House Education Committee To Mark-up Higher Education Bills

On Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 10:00 AM in Room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building, the House Education and Workforce Committee will take-up three bills that amend the Higher Education Act (HEA).  The first, H.R. 3136, the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act, would allow schools as a part of a demonstration program, … 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

Senate Bill Presents New Option for Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions, Programs, and Individual Courses

Last week (January 9, 2014), Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Higher Education Reform and Opportunity Act, S. 1904, which would allow states to develop their own systems of accreditation of colleges and universities, programs, and individual higher education courses.  Lee’s press release states the legislation would not replace the current accreditation system, but simply … Continue Reading

Senate Hearing to Cover Innovations in Higher Education

On Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:00 AM, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will host a higher ed hearing titled “Attaining a Quality Degree:  Innovations to Improve Student Success.”   Witnesses include Richard Kazis of Jobs for the Future (Boston, MA), Dr. William E. Kirwan of the University System of Maryland (Adelphi, … Continue Reading

Student Loan Interest Rate Resolved

With House passge of the bipartisan compromise student loan interest rate fix, H.R. 1911, the Smarter Solutions for Students Act (aka Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act), awaits the President’s signature.  The bill applies a market-based solution to what has been an ongoing problem in recent years–the setting of student loan interest rates.   H.R. 1911 … Continue Reading

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Installs Lawyer as Sixth President

Earlier today the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) installed Edward O. Blews, Jr. as the sixth president of its association–an organization committed to advancing Christian higher education. The CCCU consists of 171 institutions around the world focusing on the arts and sciences.   Trained as a lawyer, Blews comes to the position with … Continue Reading

Higher Education Disclosure Laws Create Challenges

A recent study published by the Education Sector and the American Enterprise Institute, “The Truth Behind Higher Education Disclosure Laws,” took a look at the rates at which 152 four-year colleges and universities complied with five new disclosure requirements under the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA).  The study reviewed graduation rates for students … Continue Reading

Debt Ceiling Funds Pell, Makes Other Changes to Stafford Loans

By a vote of 269-161, the federal debt ceiling.pdf bill passed the House earlier today with the Senate to take action on August 2.  Section 501 provides $17 billion for the Pell grant program. Section 502 eliminates the in-school interest subsidy for graduate and professional students who take out Stafford loans (beginning July 1, 2012), and … Continue Reading