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ED issues proposed rules for Higher Ed Distance Learning Programs

The summer of 2016 has been remarkable in the world of higher education regulation. On May 13, the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice issued a joint Dear Colleague letter concerning civil rights...more

Higher ed braces for flood of lawsuits over retirement plans

Numerous colleges and universities sponsor retirement plans—both defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC)—to provide retirement income security for their employees. But recently a number of higher education...more

Fostering Financial Aid Literacy in Students: H.R. 3179

This is the sixth and final installment in a series examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016 and approved by the full House of Representatives on July 11,...more

Higher ed faces ADA challenges over accessibility of university websites

Websites are vitally important to institutions of higher education for a variety of reasons. They serve as a real-time brochure for prospective students, provide important academic and administrative resources to students and...more

Choice is Knowledge: H.R. 3178

This is the fifth installment in a series examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016 and approved by the full House of Representatives on July 11, 2016....more

Renovating the Past, Constructing the Future: H.R. 5530

This is the fourth installment in a series examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016 and approved by the full House of Representatives on July 11, 2016....more

Proposed Borrower Defense Rules May Significantly Impact Higher Education Institutions

The US Department of Education (ED) recently released a significant Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which could impact most institutions of higher education. In a nutshell, the proposed regulations are designed to provide...more

Expanding Access and Encouraging Health Care: H.R. 5529

This is the third installment in a series examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016. The original post briefly summarizing all five bills was posted in...more

Fear No FAFSA: H.R. 5528

This is the second installment in a series examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016. The original post summarizing all five bills was posted in Education...more

Alert: Implications of Potential Denial of ACICS Recognition by ED

On June 23, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) will meet to consider the recommendation of US Department of Education (ED or the Department) staff that the Accrediting Council for...more

House Committee Advances Higher Education Bills

This summary is the first installment in a series examining the five bipartisan bills in greater detail. As much of the attention in Washington this week was concentrated on the sit-in by House Democrats over gun control...more

Ban Proposed on Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements by Schools Receiving Title IV Aid for Student Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a proposed rule that includes a ban on mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV assistance under the Higher Education Act (HEA) and a new federal...more

Penalty Relief for Colleges and Universities Filing IRS Forms 1098-T, Tuition Statement, for 2016

Colleges, universities, vocational schools and other postsecondary educational institutions are required to furnish Forms 1098-T to students and the IRS annually reporting qualified tuition and related expenses paid by, or on...more

Massachusetts Senate Passes 3 Higher Education Bills

As an update to our recent post, the Massachusetts Senate took action on several important pieces of legislation that relate to higher education institutions and their students. Below is a brief summary of the activity that...more

Alert: Negotiations on New Defense to Repayment Rules Fail: It's All Up to ED Now

Following a highly charged, often contentious three days of debate, the third session of the Negotiated Rulemaking on Borrower Defense to Repayment (DTR) ended as it started, without consensus. The Department of Education...more

Dept. of Education considering ban on use of arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV assistance

We recently blogged about Public Citizen, Inc.’s petition to the Department of Education requesting the Department to adopt a rule requiring schools to agree, as a condition of receiving Title IV assistance under the Higher...more

Public Citizen petitions Dept. of Education to ban use of arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV assistance

Public Citizen, Inc. has sent a petition to the Department of Education requesting the Department to adopt a rule that requires schools to agree, as a condition of receiving Title IV assistance under the Higher Education Act...more

University Faces Action for Alleged Deceptive Advertising of Graduates' Employment, Earning Prospects

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint in a California federal district court against the operators of DeVry University in which it alleges that DeVry violated the FTC Act by misrepresenting the employment...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

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

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

Education Management Corporation Settles Significant FCA Claims

Education Management Corporation (EDMC), a Pittsburgh-based company that operates for-profit educational institutions, has agreed to pay $96 million in what attorneys involved in the case claim to be the largest settlement...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

Lawmakers seek rescission of CID issued to college accrediting organization

Senator Lamar Alexander and Representative John Kline sent a letter to Director Cordray on October 23, 2015 requesting that he “immediately rescind the issuance of a civil investigative demand to the Accrediting Council for...more

U.S. Department of Education Turns Eye to Regulating Financial Services Industry

On October 27, 2015, the United States Department of Education issued 433 pages of new regulations governing student loan programs under the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations promulgated under the Higher...more

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