Posts Tagged: New England Council (NEC)

Senate HELP Chair Aims to Reauthorize Higher Ed Act, Simplify FAFSA This Year

DC Shuttle ... Alexander Outlines HEA Plans. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander gave a speech at the American Enterprise Institute to discuss his outlook for the Higher Education Act (HEA). Alexander previewed his intentions for the work of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, which he chairs, and said he intends to work on reauthorization of the HEA. He laid out goals for ...

Raising Minimum Wage, Investing in Public Schools Among Topics Unveiled by House Democrats

DC Shuttle ... House Ed Committee Meets to Organize Work Agenda. The U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor held an organizational markup to appoint Democratic and Republican members to Subcommittees for the 116th Congress. During the meeting, Committee Democrats announced the first four hearing topics planned for the 116th Congress: protecting workers with pre-existing conditions; gra...

DeLauro, McGovern Among New Englanders More Visible in Higher Ed Policy After Dems Take House

DC Shuttle ... Trump Administration Releases Draft of Regulation Overhaul. The Trump administration released a draft of a sweeping plan to overhaul a wide range of higher education regulations. Negotiations over the proposal were set to begin Monday, Jan. 14. The U.S. Education Department selected 15 people to serve on the rulemaking committee, as well as dozens of additional, non-voting altern...

Canceling Debt for Students Whose Colleges Shut Down

DC Shuttle ... Education Department Announces Cancellation of Debt for Students of Closed Colleges. The U.S. Department of Education announced that it plans to expunge the federal student loans of borrowers whose colleges closed while they were attending. The department said it will cancel the loans of about 15,000 borrowers who qualified for loan discharges, but who haven't yet applied. Those ...

Trump Admin’s Sexual Assault Rules Would Benefit Accused

DC Shuttle ... Administration Releases Rewrite of Sexual Assault Rule. The Trump administration unveiled its proposed overhaul of rules for schools handling allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The long-awaited proposal gathered quick response. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's decision to write new regulations under Title IX had been controversial. The new rules more narrowly define s...

Defense Rests?

DC Shuttle ... Borrower Defense Will Go Into Effect. The U.S. Department of Education said it would not seek further delay of borrower defense to repayment regulations, Inside Higher Ed reports. A federal judge's ruling that struck down the Trump administration's delay of Obama-era student loan regulations took effect Friday. Administration Announces Accreditation and Innovation Panel. The T...

Judge Challenges DeVos on Defrauded Borrowers

DC Shuttle ... Judge Rules Against ED on Gainful Employment. A federal judge ruled against the U.S. Department of Education in a case regarding gainful employment regulations. The judge ruled that the department's various delays of regulations governing loan forgiveness for defrauded borrowers were illegal, Forbes reports. The ruling challenges Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's efforts to overtur...

For Student Loan and Grant Recipients, a Right to Counsel

DC Shuttle ... U.S. House Passes Loan Counseling Legislation. The House passed legislation, the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act, which would require in-person or online counseling before students accept federal student loans or Pell Grants. The bipartisan bill (H.R. 1635) had passed the House twice before, in 2014 and 2015, and was passed this time by a ...

Ombudsman Leaves Bureau He Says Protected Financial Companies, not Students

DC Shuttle ... Student Loan Ombudsman Resigns Over Policy Differences. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Student Loan Ombudsman Seth Frotman resigned, citing political differences at the agency under Acting Director Mick Mulvaney. In a resignation letter addressed to Mulvaney, Frotman said his resignation was effective Sept. 1, adding "Unfortunately, under your leadership, the Bureau h...

U.S. Senate Passes its Bill to Fund Ed; Accreditor Places NE Colleges on Probation

DC Shuttle ... Senate Passes Education Funding. The U.S. Senate voted 85 to 7 to pass an $857 billion spending package to fund two-thirds of government operations. The legislation (H.R. 6157) would boost funding for the Education Department by $541 million to $71.4 billion, while rejecting many of the education cuts sought by President Donald Trump. The Senate adopted a manager's amendment, b...