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Public Information Session Held on the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption

We recently posted about the Legislature’s recent amendment to the RPTL 458-a Alternative Veterans’ Exemption. From what we have seen and heard, most school districts statewide have determined not to pass the law by March 1,...more

CFPB Joins With DOD, VA, And Others To Launch Servicemember Education Complaint System

On January 30 the CFPB, the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the FTC, and other federal agencies announced the launch of a new online system designed to collect information from veterans,...more

Federal agencies launch new servicemember higher education complaint process

Servicemembers now have more channels for submitting complaints relating to their higher education. In addition to their ability to submit complaints about student loans via the CFPB’s complaint system, servicemembers using...more

ML Strategies' Washington Outlook for 2014

In This Update: ..1. Introduction ..2. Agriculture ..3. Defense & National Security ..4. Education ..5. Energy & Environment ..6. Financial Services ..7. Foreign Policy ..8. Health Care ..9....more

School Districts: New York State Allows School Districts The Option To Offer Significant Real Property Tax Exemption To Veterans...

In December of 2013, the New York State Legislature expanded Real Property Tax Law ("RPTL") Section 458-a. As originally enacted in the 1980s, RPTL Section 458-a provided a partial exemption from county, city, town and...more

Students, Loan Servicers And The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Over the past two years, mortgage loan servicers have faced an onslaught of regulatory scrutiny, enforcement actions and targeted litigation. The Department of Justice, state attorneys general and the federal banking...more

DOJ confirms investigation of private student loan SCRA violations

As we reported, in the CFPB’s “Mid-year snapshot of private student loan complaints” on complaints the CFPB received from October 2012 through March 2013, one of the top servicing issues reported by consumers was the...more

Veterans Affairs Bans Incentive Compensation Based on Securing Student Enrollments or Financial Aid

This alert is designed to help educational institutions understand the new Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act, which establishes a ban on incentive compensation based on success in securing...more

Legislation of Interest to Higher Education Institutions: Veterans

AB 2133 which is known as the Combat to College Act of 2012, amends Education Code section 66025.8. Existing law directs that the California State University and each community college, and requests that the University of...more

Student Loans: Some Issues to Consider

Although these are not the only aspects of student loan policy that will come up in the next legislative session, these issues will drive the discussion regarding student loans. Student loan debt is being reported as the...more

CFPB issues report on servicemember student loan debt

A new CFPB report titled “The Next Front? Student Loan Servicing and the Cost to Our Men and Women in Uniform” focuses on repayment issues faced by servicemembers with private and federal student loans. One of the report’s...more

Financial aid shopping sheet for student loans finalized

A final model “financial aid shopping sheet,” the result of a collaborative effort by the CFPB and the Department of Education, has recently been issued by the DOE. The shopping sheet is intended to serve as a uniform...more

CFPB and State Attorneys General cooperate in military arena

The investigation that led to the settlement announced last week among 20 State Attorneys General and QuinStreet, Inc., the owner of a website that markets educational institutions to military servicemembers and their...more

Executive Order on military educational benefits includes role for CFPB

As reported in a recent blog post by Holly Petreaus, Assistant Director of the CFPB’s Office of Servicemembers Affairs, an Executive Order signed last week by President Obama directs the Secretaries of Defense, Veterans...more

Violence and the case for Legitimate elections in Zimbabwe

Violence and the case for Legitimate elections in Zimbabwe Social networks have become the new platform for Zimbabweans domiciled in various countries around the world to pool their thoughts, opinions and arguments...more

The Death Penalty, National Security and the Zimbabwe Constitution-Lloyd Msipa

The Death Penalty, National Security and the Zimbabwe Constitution The Zimbabwe government through the inclusive government is currently carrying out rigorous outreach programs in Zimbabwe and abroad over the contents of...more

Featured Link – NewGIBill.org

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is the largest investment in veterans’ education since World War II, covering the full cost of an undergraduate education at any public university or college in the country and many private schools for...more

Green Building Update - May 14, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *Greensburg, Kansas, rebuilds as a wind-powered city *Green Building Focus ..Alternative Water Sources: Supply-Side Solutions for Green Buildings *Fort Hood, Texas, to become first army installation to...more

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