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Congress and the Higher Education Act: what’s on the table? What’s to come? Our look at the major proposals

Congress is well into the process of passing a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), and many members of Congress have introduced bills addressing many aspects of higher education that concern the public....more

Rohit Chopra from CFPB focuses on student loan modifications at ABA Consumer Financial Services Committee program in Chicago

I attended a program this morning entitled “All I Need to Know I Learned from the Government: A Look at the Regulatory and Enforcement Landscape for Student Lending.” Among the panelists was Rohit Chopra. Rohit serves as an...more

Update on Illinois AG lawsuit using Dodd-Frank authority

As we previously reported, among the lawsuits that have been brought by a state attorney general and a state regulator using their Dodd-Frank enforcement authority is a lawsuit initially filed by the Illinois AG in state...more

Brookings student loan study updated; CBA launches website to dispel student loan myths

We previously wrote about the June 2014 Brookings Institution report which suggested that charges coming from various quarters, including the CFPB, that student loan debt is causing young adults to postpone home ownership are...more

Department of Education Publishes Intent to Establish a Negotiated Rulemaking Committee to Develop Pay as You Earn Expansion...

On September 3, the Department of Education (the “Department”) announced its intent to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee to help develop regulations to allow more student borrowers of Federal Direct Loans to use the...more

Levick Monthly - September, 2014, Edition 14: GMO's: A Spoonful Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down

In This Issue: - GMO's: A Spoonful Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down - PUBLIC AFFAIRS - Campus Sexual Assault: Can Congress Compel Colleges To Act? - CORPORATE & REPUTATION - Police Militarization: The Problem...more

Department of Education adopts new procedures for lenders and servicers of federal student loans to use to determine SCRA...

This past May, we wrote about the $60 million Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) settlement announced by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (ED) with a major student loan servicer and expressed...more

Department Of Education Encourages FFEL Lenders To Adopt New Procedures For Determining SCRA Eligibility

On August 25, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a “dear colleague” letter authorizing and encouraging Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) lenders and lender-servicers to use the new procedures adopted by ED for...more

Community Colleges Must Report Debt Revenue Loss By Friday Under Michigan Personal Property Tax Reform

Recent reforms to the Michigan personal property tax require community colleges to report their debt revenue loss to the Michigan Department of Treasury by September 5, 2014....more

CFPB announces higher education memorandum of understanding

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a “Joint Higher Education Memorandum of Understanding” with the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA), Defense (DOD), and Education (ED) as part of a joint effort by the agencies “to...more

Senator Cautions Education Department On Student Aid Disbursement Products Rulemaking

On August 12, Senate Banking Committee ranking member Mike Crapo (R-ID) sent a letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan to express concern that an ongoing Education Department rulemaking regarding student loan disbursement...more

Class Action Plaintiffs Look to Fair Credit Reporting Act for Private Relief from Data Breaches Involving Health Information

A recent class action brought against the University of Miami (“University”) previews what could become an emerging trend among plaintiffs’ class action attorneys to seek damages for the unauthorized disclosure of personal...more

Senator Crapo raises concerns with Department of Education campus financial product rulemaking

Republican Senator Mike Crapo, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, sent a letter last week to Department of Education (ED) Secretary Arne Duncan to raise several concerns with the...more

CFPB Pressures Banks To Disclose Campus Marketing Agreements

On August 6, the CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman, Rohit Chopra, published a blog post addressing the financial arrangements between financial institutions and institutions of higher education that market financial products to...more

Media reports on student loan debt: distortions abound

Two recent articles highlight how student loan debt is often the subject of distorted reporting. An article from Hamilton Place Strategies observed that news stories often include anecdotal stories about families...more

Discharging the Brunner Test: Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy

Twenty-seven years ago the Second Circuit was faced with a debtor who proposed to use the Bankruptcy Code to avoid her student loan debt – only five months after graduation. The Second Circuit came down harshly on Ms. Brunner...more

Deadlines Applicable to Colleges and Universities Approaching for Participation in SEC’s Continuing Disclosure Cooperation...

On March 10, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a voluntary self-reporting program for issuers and underwriters of municipal bonds for reporting of inaccurate statements made in offering documents...more

CFPB calls out banks for not publicly disclosing campus financial product marketing agreements

According to a new blog post about “secret banking contracts” by Rohit Chopra, the CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman, the CFPB is sending letters to colleges and universities “to make sure they know that their bank partner has...more

Another report debunks comparison between student debt and mortgage loan crisis

A new report from The Vanguard Group disagrees with those who seek to draw comparisons between the current level of student debt and the level of mortgage debt that led to the housing crisis. Titled “No bubble to...more

Members Of Congress Caution Education Department On Aid Disbursement Rulemaking

Over the past week, members of Congress from both parties have sent several letters to the Department of Education (DOE or ED) regarding its ongoing rulemaking related to the ways higher education institutions request,...more

Capital Thinking: Education

Regulatory Activity - Online Skills Academy - Last week, the Department of Education announced its collaboration with the Department of Labor to develop a $25 million grant competition for an Online Skills...more

ML Strategies FY2015 Massachusetts Budget Update: Conference Committee Budget

On June 30th, the eve of the Commonwealth’s new fiscal year, the House and Senate both approved the joint conference committee report on the FY2015 spending plan. Governor Deval Patrick, who left to attend the Panamanian...more

SEC Announces First Settled Proceeding Against Municipal Issuer under MCDC Initiative

The SEC announced July 8 its first settled administrative proceeding against a municipal issuer under its Municipal Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative. In its Order, the SEC charged Kings Canyon Joint...more

Education Department OIG Reports On Borrower Complaints Against Collection Agencies

On July 15, the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report on its audit of the Department’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) office, which revealed that the FSA has failed to effectively: (i)...more

Illinois AG Sues Student Debt Relief Firms

On July 14, Illinois Attorney General (AG) Lisa Madigan announced that her office filed separate civil lawsuits in state court against two student debt relief firms and their principals. The lawsuits allege that the...more

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