• Perkins Loans Expire

    Posted on October 3 2017

    The federal Perkins Loan program expired on Saturday after key Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) blocked legislation to extend it, Inside Higher Ed reported. The lapse will leave approximately 1,500 colleges and universities and 500,000 stu...

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  • College Scorecard Updated

    Posted on October 2 2017

    Late last week, the U.S. Education Department published updated information on the College Scorecard, including a new feature that allows students to compare data from up to 10 institutions at once. The update is a significant win for pr...

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  • Thirty-two democratic Senators sent a letter last week to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing concerns with the department's decision to rescind Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault. The agency's move shows &qu...

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  • IRS Data Retrieval Tool Restored

    Posted on October 2 2017

    On Sunday, the U.S. Education Department and the Internal Revenue Service restored the data retrieval tool (IRS DRT) for the federal financial aid system, Inside Higher Ed reported. The online tool, introduced in the 2010-11 academic yea...

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  • Trump Issues Revamped Travel Ban

    Posted on September 28 2017

    President Trump on Sunday issued revamped restrictions on travelers from eight countries, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. The announcement comes just a few weeks before his controversial travel ban was slated for a Supreme Co...

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  • New Federal Guidance on Title IX Compliance

    Posted on September 28 2017

    U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has granted colleges new discretion in how they comply with requirements under federal Title IX law to handle sexual misconduct on campus, reports Inside Higher Ed. At the same time, DeVos rescinded ...

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  • Student Loan Default Rates Rise

    Posted on September 28 2017

    Federal student loan default rates increased for the first time since 2013, according to new data from the U.S. Education Department. The overall three-year cohort default rate ticked up fractionally from 11.3 percent to 11.5 percent fo...

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  • Republican Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on Monday introduced legislation that aims to create a pathway to legalization for undocumented children and young undocumented adults who were brought...

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  • On Friday, the Trump administration released new guidance for institutions recovering from federally declared disasters. The 26-page document outlines recommendations for ensuring continuity of services, flexibility on reporting deadline...

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  • New Data on Student Loan Borrowers

    Posted on September 27 2017

    The U.S. Education Department on Thursday released seven new reports on student aid recipients, NPR reported. According to the data—which includes information on the geographic locations, ages, and debt loads of federal student loa...

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