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Education Dept. Eyes Changes in Bankrupt Borrowers' Ability to Discharge Loans

Posted on February 21 2018

efore 1998, student-loan borrowers were able to have their federal loans forgiven by declaring bankruptcy after the seventh year of repayment. But legislation enacted that year removed that provisi...

Who uses income-driven student loan repayment?

Posted on February 21 2018

A recent report from the US Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General indicates that enrollment in income-driven repayment (IDR) plans, which allow borrowers to repay student loan...

Confidence Crisis in Online Accessibility

Posted on February 21 2018

Confidence in the accessibility of online courses at community colleges has fallen dramatically in the last decade, a survey from the Instructional Technology Council reveals. The annual surv...

More students are taking on crippling debt they can't repay—it's time for higher education to share the risks

Posted on February 21 2018

Student loan debt—at almost $1.4 trillion in outstanding federal loans—has ballooned into the largest source of consumer debt after housing. An increase in student debt alone shouldn&rs...

Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March

Posted on February 20 2018

Congress is poised to kick a heated immigration fight into overtime, with no clear path forward. With the Senate rejecting four proposals — including President Trump's preferred pla...

Restructuring the Education Department

Posted on February 20 2018

A Department of Education reorganization plan whose broad themes were shared with employees last week would collapse multiple units with higher ed functions into one office whose leader would answe...

Borrowers With High Debt Levels Struggle to Repay Loans

Posted on February 20 2018

The share of borrowers graduating with high student loan debt balances has shot up in recent years. And, increasingly, those borrowers are struggling to pay back those loans, according to a Brookin...

Failure of Immigration Bills Leaves DACA in Doubt

Posted on February 16 2018

Leaders in the U.S. Senate brought four immigration bills to the floor for a vote Thursday, each needing 60 votes to advance. All four failed, leaving a solution for recipients of the Deferred...

Scramble for Aid Money in Budget Deal

Posted on February 16 2018

Tucked into last week's U.S. Senate budget deal was $4 billion for student-centered programs that aid "college completion and affordability." Congressional leaders who struck th...

After Borrower Defense Negotiation Fails, Department to Craft New Rule

Posted on February 16 2018

Negotiators failed to reach consensus Thursday on new language for borrower-defense regulations, clearing the way for the U.S. Department of Education to craft its own version of regulations design...