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Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March

Posted on February 20 2018

Congress is poised to kick a heated immigration fight into overtime, with no clear path forward. With the Senate rejecting four proposals — including President Trump's preferred pla...

Restructuring the Education Department

Posted on February 20 2018

A Department of Education reorganization plan whose broad themes were shared with employees last week would collapse multiple units with higher ed functions into one office whose leader would answe...

Borrowers With High Debt Levels Struggle to Repay Loans

Posted on February 20 2018

The share of borrowers graduating with high student loan debt balances has shot up in recent years. And, increasingly, those borrowers are struggling to pay back those loans, according to a Brookin...

Failure of Immigration Bills Leaves DACA in Doubt

Posted on February 16 2018

Leaders in the U.S. Senate brought four immigration bills to the floor for a vote Thursday, each needing 60 votes to advance. All four failed, leaving a solution for recipients of the Deferred...

Scramble for Aid Money in Budget Deal

Posted on February 16 2018

Tucked into last week's U.S. Senate budget deal was $4 billion for student-centered programs that aid "college completion and affordability." Congressional leaders who struck th...

After Borrower Defense Negotiation Fails, Department to Craft New Rule

Posted on February 16 2018

Negotiators failed to reach consensus Thursday on new language for borrower-defense regulations, clearing the way for the U.S. Department of Education to craft its own version of regulations design...

House GOP pushes hard-line immigration plan as Senate deals fail

Posted on February 16 2018

House GOP leaders are forging ahead with their own hard-line immigration bill, as the Senate threw in the towel Thursday on legislation to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from dep...

Senate Leaders Reconsider Ban on Pell Grants for Prisoners

Posted on February 16 2018

The Senate’s top education leaders will consider reinstating Pell grants for incarcerated students, a move that would restore a federal lifeline to the nation’s cash-strapped prison edu...

Bipartisan group reaches deal on immigration, fulfilling some Trump demands

Posted on February 15 2018

A bipartisan group of senators reached a deal on immigration Wednesday as President Trump attempted to preemptively undercut the proposal by delivering an ultimatum: Pass my plan or risk a veto. T...

Higher Ed Bill Competing With Other Priorities for Floor Time

Posted on February 15 2018

he comprehensive House higher education bill will soon be ready to come to the floor, but lawmakers on the education panel say they’re unsure when, as their handiwork must compete with a bevy...