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Purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) to be exempt from Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

On 3 February the Scottish Government published their response to the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee’s Stage 1 report on the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill. The report contains the following...more

CFPB Jan. 2016 complaint report highlights “other financial services complaints,” complaints from NY State/NY metro area consumers

The CFPB has issued its January 2016 complaint report which highlights “other financial service” complaints and complaints from consumers in New York State and the New York metro area. In addition to the major complaint...more

Senator Warren to address student loan activists

Senator Elizabeth Warren is scheduled to be the keynote speaker today for “National Student Debt Day,” an event in Washington, D.C. for “student loan activists from around the country.” The event is sponsored by Young...more

CFPB in 2016

A new year is upon us and what better resolution for the financial services industry than thinking ahead and planning for the CFPB's potential agenda in 2016? After the flurry of mortgage activity in both 2014 and 2015,...more

CFPB Releases Fall 2015 Report Touting Recovery of Millions Through Supervisory Actions

On November 3, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its fall 2015 supervisory report concerning enforcement actions from May 2015 through August 2015. The Bureau highlights violations in the mortgage...more

Prepaid College Tuition Programs Deemed Eligible for QIB and Accredited Investor Status

On January 12, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”) granted no-action relief to the College Savings Plan Network (“CSPN”), an affiliate of the National Association of...more

The nuts and bolts of HEA Reauthorization

As most in higher education are aware, Congress presently is working to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.), the seminal legislation that created and governs the administration of...more

Former CFPB student loan ombudsman joins Education Dept.

Politico has reported that Rohit Chopra, the CFPB’s former student loan ombudsman, has joined the Education Department in a senior leadership position focused on protecting student borrowers. Politico also reported that in...more

FDIC and Federal Reserve Announce Settlement with Connecticut-Based Financial Aid Company Over Deceptive Practices

On December 23, the FDIC announced separate settlements with a Connecticut-based financial aid company and an affiliated Utah-based bank for alleged deceptive practices in violation of the FTC Act. Separately, the Federal...more

Privacy Tip #16 – Top privacy tips for 2015

In response to our clients, colleagues, readers and friends’ requests, we started publishing weekly privacy tips 16 weeks ago. We hope that you have found them to be helpful, both in your personal and professional life....more

Higher One, Inc. Enforcement Actions Remind Nonbank Service Providers of Their Legal Obligations When Partnering With Banks

On December 23, 2015, the Federal Reserve Board (“Federal Reserve”) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (“FDIC” and, collectively with the Federal Reserve, the “Agencies”) announced settlements with Higher One, Inc....more

New Regs Will Change How Colleges Offer Bank Accounts to Students

On October 30, 2015, the Department of Education issued regulations to impose requirements on the marketing and terms of deposit and prepaid accounts offered to students at educational institutions that participate in Federal...more

CFPB Reports on Credit Card Agreements and Warns Colleges of Potential CARD Act Violations

On December 16, the CFPB issued its annual report to Congress regarding credit card marketing agreements between colleges and issuing credit card organizations. Pursuant the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and...more

Senators urges Dept. of Education to delay use of robocalls in collection of federal student loans

In a letter sent last week to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, four U.S. Senators urge the ED “to direct federal student loan servicers, debt collectors, and all other third parties” to delay use of the new...more

A School Facilities Bond For 2016: Good News For Everyone

Over the last 15 years, California’s population has grown by approximately 5 million people—the same number filling the entire state of Colorado. This influx has created a housing shortage that the California market has...more

CFPB releases report on college credit card agreements, student account toolkit and warning letters

Earlier this week, the CFPB released  its sixth annual report on college credit card agreements, together with a new toolkit for schools to use when considering potential co-sponsorships of financial accounts, such as prepaid...more

2016 Could Bring Even More Headaches for Institutions of Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking to expand the right of all federal student loan borrowers to seek loan forgiveness. Specifically, it has begun a negotiated rulemaking proceeding to promulgate regulations...more

Department of Education invites comments on new complaint online system

The Department of Education has published a notice in the Federal Register inviting comments on its plans to create a new Web site by July 1, 2016 for students and borrowers to file complaints about federal student loans. The...more

CFPB Expands Its Targeting of For-Profit Schools and Pushes Jurisdictional Limits

After suing two of the nation’s largest for-profit school chains, ITT and Corinthian, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is continuing its push to police the for-profit school industry....more

Massachusetts AG Announces Settlements with Student Debt Relief Companies; Reveals Initiative to Aid Student Borrowers

On November 24, Massachusetts AG Maura Healey announced settlements with two student debt relief companies over allegations of charging consumers upfront fees prior to delivering the services offered. According to the AG’s...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative long session on January 14 and adjourned September 30. Lawmakers will return to Raleigh for the short session April 25, 2016. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on...more

Financial Literacy Highlighted in Director Cordray’s remarks to the American Bankers Association

Financial literacy was the focus of Director Richard Cordray’s remarks last week at the American Bankers Association Annual Convention. He identified three areas where the CFPB is focusing its efforts and where financial...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 215-Bill Waite on the Compliance Horizon Report [Video]

In this episode I visit with Bill Waite, CEO of the Risk Advisory Group on their recent Compliance Horizon Report...more

The Nuts and Bolts of Reauthorization

As most in higher education are aware, Congress is currently working to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), the seminal legislation that created and governs the administration of the federal...more

CFPB’s Fall 2015 Rulemaking Agenda Includes Student Loan Servicing

On Friday, November 20, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it will consider writing new marketwide federal standards for student loan servicers. This marks the first time that the CFPB’s rulemaking...more

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