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Congress Considers Multiple Proposals in Advance of Higher Education Act Reauthorization

Recently, there have been a number of bills issued and proposals made as the U.S. Congress begins the process of reauthorizing of the Higher Education Act (“HEA”). Although a final reauthorization bill is not anticipated...more

Institutions of Higher Education and the Fair Credit Reporting Act: Third Circuit Holds Higher Education Amendments Offer No Safe...

In a recent precedential opinion, the Third Circuit has held that the Higher Education Act provides no safe haven from strict adherence to the Fair Credit Reporting Act for colleges and universities. Moreover, the Court...more

The Importance of Clarity: Institutional Website Descriptions Cause Congressman to Question Financial Aid Application Processes

Since 1992, the Higher Education Act has required colleges and universities to determine applicants’ eligibility for federal aid programs only through use of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). On February...more

Capital Thinking: Education

Senate HELP Committee Legislative Priorities - Last week, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) outlined the Committee’s legislative agenda for the coming year, which...more

Some Thoughts on the Latest Round of Gainful Employment Negotiatied Rulemaking Part 1

I will apologize upfront for the length of this post. Or that there will be multiple posts on this. There’s just a lot to say after this latest session of gainful employment negotiated rulemaking. For those of you...more

CFPB Student Loan Report Recommends Servicing Policy Changes

On October 16, the CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman issued a second annual report on student loans. The report analyzes and discusses approximately 3,800 complaints submitted by consumers to the CFPB from October 1, 2012 through...more

Capital Thinking: Education

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Charter schools - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced last week that he would visit a charter school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania today to deliver a policy speech about...more

Capital Thinking Update - July 29, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene today, Monday, July 29, at 2:00pm. After any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:30 pm, with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each....more

Capital Thinking Update - July 22, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 23. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to renew his motion to proceed on the FY 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban...more

Capital Thinking Updates - May 16, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture and Food - Budget and Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Defense - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health...more

Is the CFPB now the BMOC?

Last week, the CFPB muscled its way on campus, announcing that it will be looking at the impact of financial products marketed to students through their colleges and universities....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

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