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Dept. of Education proposes disclosure of pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV aid for student...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Education, in an issue paper submitted as part of negotiated rulemaking on its final “borrower defense” rule, is proposing to require schools that use pre-dispute arbitration agreements and class action...more

Four-Term Governor Jerry Brown: One Last Budget

This week, California Governor Jerry Brown, beginning the final year of his unprecedented four terms as governor, unveiled his 16th and last state budget proposal, which projects a $6.1 billion surplus, mostly a result of...more

Department of Education Announces Award of Student Loan Collections Contracts: the Latest Chapter in a Long-Running Saga

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The Headlines - After much anticipation, on January 11, 2018, the Department of Education filed its Notice of Completion of Corrective Action. The filing announced its hotly contested award of unrestricted contracts for...more

Collection of ITT student debt barred in class action settlement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The saga of ITT Educational Services, Inc. appears to be drawing closer to an end, with ITT’s bankruptcy trustee and attorneys for former ITT students entering into a proposed class action settlement that would permanently...more

Department of Justice: Massachusetts’s Claims Against PHEAA Preempted By Federal Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Monday, January 8, 2018, the United States Department of Justice weighed in with a Statement of Interest under 28 U.S.C. § 517 in a pending state-court action (No. 1784CV02682) brought by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts...more

Washington, D.C. Amends Student Loan Servicing Regulations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) has announced a change to the way it calculates a controversial annual assessment fee on student loan servicer licensees. ...more

CFPB releases report on college credit card agreements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB released its sixth annual report to Congress on college credit card agreements.  The annual report is mandated by the CARD Act. ...more

Two Courts Clear the Way for Bankruptcy Trustees to Avoid Tuition Payments Made by Parents on Behalf of Children as Fraudulent...

Two bankruptcy courts recently cleared the way for bankruptcy trustees to avoid college tuition payments made by debtor-parents on behalf of their children as fraudulent transfers, potentially affecting the college’s ability...more

The Impact of Tax Reform on Michigan Municipalities and School Districts

by Miller Canfield on

The U.S. House and Senate have approved the reconciled tax reform bill that was reported out of the House and Senate Conference Committee last week. The bill was passed on Dec. 20, 2017, and has been sent to the President for...more

U.S. Tax Reform – Key Highlights for Private Investment Funds in Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Bill

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On Friday, December 15, 2017, the Congressional conference committee released a revised version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Tax Bill"). The Senate and the House are expected to vote on the Tax Bill this week. The Tax...more

Claw Back of Parent PLUS Loan Proceeds to Pay College Tuition Hits a Roadblock

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Over the last few years, Chapter 7 trustees of the bankruptcy estates of parents that paid college tuition for their children in the years before their bankruptcy filings have actively pursued the recovery of those tuition...more

The Effect of Tax Reform on Michigan Charter Schools

by Miller Canfield on

Many recent press reports have warned of the negative affect tax reform could have on charter schools around the country. These reports focus on the proposed elimination of private activity bonds (“PABs”) under the House tax...more

Federal Circuit Partially Lifts Ban on Education Department’s Default Collection Efforts; Court of Federal Claims Orders...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has partially lifted a preliminary injunction that prevented the U.S. Department of Education (Department) from placing defaulted student loans with private collection...more

Federal Reserve Settles with Pennsylvania Bank Over Alleged Deceptive Student Lending Practices

by Goodwin on

On December 6, 2016, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it entered into a consent order with a Pennsylvania bank ordering it to cease and desist deceptive student lending practices, and assessing millions of dollars in...more

Cybersecurity lapses could cost Title IV eligibility for higher ed

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Data security breaches are an unfortunate reality for almost all businesses in today’s information-driven marketplace. From Target, to Home Depot, to Equifax, data breaches are increasingly common and potentially devastating...more

[Webinar] Borrower Defense Rule: Negotiated Rulemaking Session 1 - December 13th, 12:00pm CT

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On November 13, 2017, the U.S Department of Education began the process of overhauling a complex and controversial Obama-era regulation commonly referred to as the “borrower defense” rule. During this process, which will...more

ED rebuffs Congressional plea to reinstate terminated CFPB MOUs

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Education (ED) has apparently declined a request by 39 members of Congress to reinstate the Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between ED and the CFPB. ...more

Tax Planning Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Flow-Throughs Are the Answer to Everything

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

The tax reform bills introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate dramatically reduce the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% and create added incentives for taxpayers to invest capital into U.S. businesses with...more

Tax Reform and Nonprofits: The Devil’s in the Details

by Morgan Lewis on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, currently under consideration in the US House of Representatives and Senate, proposes fundamental changes to the US tax law affecting all sectors of the economy, including nonprofit organizations....more

Senate Tax Overhaul Bill Slaps Tax-Exempt Organizations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In what can only be described as a brutal attack on the nonprofit sector, the Senate has proposed sweeping changes that would have dramatic adverse effects on all tax-exempt organizations. Whereas the latest version of the...more

Illinois lawmakers override governor’s veto of student loan servicing bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Illinois House of Representatives and Senate have voted to override the veto by the state’s Republican governor of Senate Bill 1351, known as the Illinois Student Loan Servicing Rights Act. ...more

Illinois Student Loan Bill of Rights Becomes Law

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On November 8, 2017, the Illinois House of Representatives voted 98-16 to override Governor Bruce Rauner's veto of the Illinois Student Loan Bill of Rights. The IL student loan bill provides for the licensing of student loan...more

FTC settles Section 5 claims against company promoting schools to military servicemembers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC has entered a proposed consent order with Victory Media, Inc. (VMI) to settle the FTC’s charges that VMI violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by engaging in deceptive acts or practices in connection with its promotion of...more

U.S. Department of Education Announces Further Delays to Borrower Defense to Repayment Regulations

by Hogan Lovells on

On October 24, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) published an interim final rule to delay until July 1, 2018 the effective date of selected provisions of what have become known as the borrower defense to repayment...more

D.C. belatedly releases Bill of Rights for student loan borrowers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The District of Columbia Student Loan Ombudsman Establishment and Servicing Regulation Act of 2016 (Servicing Act) became effective February 18, 2017. The Servicing Act set an October 1 deadline for the Student Loan...more

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