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Congress Considers Short-Term Funding Bill to Avoid Shutdown

Posted on April 27 2017by Michelle Mott

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY.) said Thursday that the Senate will pass a short-term funding bill in order to avoid a government shutdown this week, The Hill reported. "The Hou...

Education Dept. Alters FAFSA Data Shared With States

Posted on April 26 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday announced changes to the listing of colleges on Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs) provided to state grant agencies. Last June, the agenc...

Draft Bill to Impose Fee on Future GI Bill Benefits

Posted on April 26 2017by Michelle Mott

New military members could see a monthly salary deduction to pay into the GI Bill to receive future education benefits, according to Military Times. Draft legislation from U.S. House Veterans Affai...

New Flexibilities for FAFSA Filers Impacted by IRS Data Tool Suspension

Posted on April 24 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Education Department on Monday announced changes to 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Verification Requirements. The announcement comes in response ...

Trump Administration Struggles with Stance on 'Dreamers'

Posted on April 24 2017by Michelle Mott

The Trump administration is struggling to explain precisely what it intends to do regarding undocumented immigrants who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children and now protected by the Defer...

Education Dept. Updates 2018-19 FAFSA Form

Posted on April 20 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Department of Education on Monday released a draft version of the 2018-19 academic year Free Application for Federal Student Aid, reported Politico Morning Education. The revised version ...

New Mexico Governor Vetoes All Higher Education Funding

Posted on April 19 2017by Heather Zimar

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has vetoed all higher education funding in protest of legislative tax increases and spending, reports The Washington Post and Inside Higher Ed. Martinez (who ve...

CFPB Investigating Possible Discrimination in Student Loan Servicing

Posted on April 19 2017by Heather Zimar

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has identified student loan servicing as an area of risk for credit discrimination, reports The Washington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education...

First DACA Enrollee Deported Under Trump

Posted on April 19 2017by Michelle Mott

Federal immigration authorities recently deported a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) enrollee, despite assurances from the Trump administration that the program remains in effect. Juan...

Trump Issues Executive Order on H-1B Visas

Posted on April 19 2017by Michelle Mott

President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday that aims to target fraud and abuse in guest-worker programs and increase federal oversight of the H-1B visa program for highly skilled foreigne...

Nearly 90,000 Pell Recipients Qualify to But Do Not Attend Selective Colleges

Posted on April 19 2017by Michelle Mott

Tens of thousands of Pell grant recipients qualify for much better colleges than they actually attend, according to a new report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workfor...

Groups Urge Congress to Protect Federal Student Aid Programs

Posted on April 13 2017by Michelle Mott

AACRAO joined a broad coalition of higher education associations, advocacy organizations, and institutions urging Congress to protect student loan programs and strengthen Pell Grants. The educatio...

DeVos Withdraws Consumer Protections for Student Loan Borrowers

Posted on April 12 2017by Michelle Mott

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday withdrew three Obama-era memos that aimed to strengthen consumer protections for student loan borrowers, The Washington Post reported. DeVos detailed...

Senate Democrats Raise Concerns About DoD TA Program Oversight

Posted on April 12 2017by Michelle Mott

Five Senate Democrats sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis last week raising concerns about the Pentagon's oversight of colleges participating in the Tuition Assistance (TA) ...

Senators Seek Pell Eligibility for Dual Enrollment

Posted on April 12 2017by Heather Zimar

A bill introduced last week by Senator Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, and Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, would allow Pell Grant funding for transferable college credits, reports Inside...

Maryland Bill Bans Colleges from Asking Applicants About Criminal Record

Posted on April 12 2017by Heather Zimar

The Maryland General Assembly approved a bill this week that would prohibit public and private colleges and universities from asking applicants about their criminal record, reports The Baltimore Su...

New York First State to Offer Free Tuition to Middle-Class Students

Posted on April 12 2017by Heather Zimar

New York approved a state budget this week that would offer free tuition to middle-class students attending public colleges and universities, reports The Associated Press. The plan will apply to a...

Trump Administration Rolls Back Crackdown on Student Debt Collectors

Posted on April 5 2017by Michelle Mott

The Trump administration signaled its intent to move away from the Obama-era crackdown on student debt collectors by preparing to renew the government contracts of several companies that were disco...

Key Education Dept. Post Picks Raise Concerns Over Civil Rights Enforcement

Posted on April 5 2017by Michelle Mott

President Donald Trump on Friday announced his intent to nominate Carlos G. Muñiz to serve as General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education. Muñiz is a Florida-based lawyer and...

IRS Data Tool to Remain Offline Until Next Aid Cycle

Posted on April 5 2017by Michelle Mott

Late last week, federal officials announced that the Internal Revenue Service's Data Retrieval Tool would be offline until the fall, according to a news release. The online tool, which allows ...