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PAC Opinion Finds Municipal Bank Account Numbers Subject to FOIA

Earlier this year, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) issued an under-the-radar advisory opinion that could have an impact on responses to Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. According to the non-binding...more

Michigan Governor Signs Early Warning Legislation for Financially Distressed School Districts with Immediate Effect

On July 7, Michigan Governor Snyder signed into law a package of bills, all with immediate effect and most with a tie bar to at least one of the other bills in the package, creating an early warning system to identify the...more

House Bill 15-1348-Urban Renewal – Frequently Asked Questions

H.B. 15-1348 was signed by the Governor on May 29. The bill enacts several changes related to urban renewal authorities and tax increment financing for such authorities including governance changes and changes related to how...more

Nevada Legislature Changes Procedure For Certain Bonds (AB 170)

AB 170, a bill amending NRS 350.020 passed by the Nevada Legislature, was signed by the Governor on June 11, 2015. It amends subsection 3 of NRS 350.020 which specifies the procedures to be followed to issue general...more

CFPB Holds a Field Hearing on Student Loan Servicing Issues

On May 14th, the same day that the CFPB launched a public inquiry into student loan servicing loan practices (the “Request for Information”), the CFPB held a public field hearing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to address issues with...more

SEC Files Fraud Action Centered on Student Loans

Student loans, and the debt burdening many students at graduation, is an important political topic. It is not generally a subject for the Securities and Exchange Commission. Nevertheless, at the center of is most recent...more

See You In Court – May 2015

Seymour Dollars, the irascible Chairperson of the Nutmeg Board of Finance, gave the Board of Education a very hard time throughout the entire budget process this year. He questioned the Board down to the minutest detail of...more

U.S. Department of Education Fines College for Job Placement Rate Disclosure Violations

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) intends to fine a college more than $29 million for allegedly misrepresenting job placement rates and failing to comply with federal placement rate disclosure requirements. The...more

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's case against Corinthian Colleges - Blog: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

My most recent blog entries have been focused on the CFPB’s new mortgage servicing rules and the Flagstar Bank enforcement case. I’m going to switch gears for a moment and take a look at the Corinthian Colleges case. ...more

The CFPB & UDAAP: A ‘Know It When You See It’ Standard?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) continued and expanded reliance on its sweeping authority to prohibit unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) continues to command the attention of financial...more

OMB and Federal Agencies Publish Final Rule on Grants and Cooperative Agreements

On December 19, 2014, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and 28 federal agencies published in the Federal Register a consolidated interim final rule to implement OMB’s December 2013 final guidance on...more

How to project gainful employment rates – Part 4

By this point our Gainful Employment Series, you will have determined the scope of your institution and the programs that qualify as “GE Programs” (Part 1), created your student cohort (Part 2), and started calculating...more

How to Respond to a CFPB Civil Investigative Demand

Under CFPB’s broad mandate, many companies outside the financial services industry may be subject to expensive civil investigations. A for-profit technical school may not appear to be a financial services company. But...more

Private Student Lenders and Servicers Face CFPB Scrutiny

Regulators and congressional leaders have identified similarities between the lending practices that led to the subprime mortgage crisis and an escalating default rate in the burgeoning level of student loan debt. Rather...more

Deadline Approaches for Gainful Employment Disclosures

Institutions of higher education that receive Title IV funding must properly disclose certain information concerning course offerings that are or may be considered gainful employment programs by the U.S. Department of...more

CFPB proposes more information collections

Earlier this week, the CFPB published in the Federal Register a request for comments on its plans to submit a request to the Office of Management and Budget for generic clearance of an information collection to assist the...more

Education Update, No. 1, January 2013: Give Generously, Keep It Legally

About a month ago, one of the school’s families that owns a popular restaurant and bar held a special fundraising event whereby 20% of the proceeds from every meal served were donated to the school. The school sent out email...more

CFPB Releases Student Lending Examination Procedures

On December 17, the CFPB released its Student Lending Examination Procedures, which are an extension of the CFPB’s General Supervision and Examination Manual and will be used as a field guide by CFPB examiners to review...more

CFPB issues student loan exam procedures

The CFPB has issued its examination procedures for student lenders. The procedures will be used by the CFPB’s examiners in examinations of large banks that make private student loans (meaning banks with total assets of more...more

CFPB’s “Paying for College” site continues to evolve

Last week Peter Jackson, the Senior Advisor for Communications at the CFPB, put up a post on the CFPB’s blog describing the CFPB’s “Paying for College” web tools, which are currently in a beta stage and which are still...more

CFPB Releases Exam Procedures For Student Loans

The CFPB has published the procedures it will use in examining student lenders. The Student Lending Examination Procedures are an extension of the CFPB’s General Supervision and Examination Manual and will be used as a field...more

Financial aid shopping sheet gaining traction

The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet prepared by the CFPB and the Department of Education will now receive its litmus test. Last week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced in a blog post on the DOE’s web site that more...more

CFPB Launches College Credit Card Agreement Database, Releases Annual Report on College Card Agreements

On November 1, the CFPB launched a database of college credit card agreements in effect during 2011 and released an annual report to Congress on such agreements. ...more

Chopra keeps focus on student loan servicing problems

In an editorial last week in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Rohit Chopra, the CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman, once again made servicers of student loans the focus of his comments. In August, in remarks to the Congressional Forum...more

CFPB Report Likens Student Loan Complaints to Mortgage Servicing Problems

On October 16, CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman Rohit Chopra published the first annual report on student loans, as required by the Dodd-Frank Act. ...more

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