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News from the latest issue - February 8, 2018

FEDERAL RELATIONS
Call to Action on House PROSPER Act
AACRAO urges members to use new online Advocacy Center to contact their U.S. Representative and express concerns regarding proposed legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.
Lawmakers Introduce Another Bill to Protect Dreamers
The March 5 deadline to end the DACA program is less than a month away. Reach out to your U.S. Senators and Representatives regarding the urgent need to pass legislation to permanently protect Dreamers.
Senate to Vote on Two-Year Budget Deal
Proposed measure would add $4 billion in new money for student aid, but excludes legislative fix for undocumented students.
Senate Republicans, Democrats Outline Priorities for HEA Reauthorization
Lawmakers release dueling sets of principles and priorities aimed at guiding the chamber's discussions to rewrite the landmark higher education law.
Education Dept. Proposes Compromise on Student Loan Fraud Claim Rule
Trump Administration issues new draft plan to change evidentiary standards for debt relief claims as part of ongoing negotiations to rewrite the Obama-era borrower-defense rule.
Federal Loan Program Losing Money Due to Income-Based Repayment
New report finds that the rising cost of the federal student loan program is due, in large part, to the growing number of borrowers enrolling in income-based repayment programs.

INDUSTRY UPDATE
Millions Live in Higher Education 'Deserts'
Report finds that about three million Americans live more than 25 miles from a broad-access public college and do not have the type of high-speed Internet connection necessary for online college programs.

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California Education Dept. Encourages Dreamers to Seek Financial Aid

Posted on February 21 2018by Heather Zimar

California's Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the California Student Aid Commission announced last week that applications for the California Dream Act are down and encoura...

Education Dept. Plans Reorganization

Posted on February 21 2018by Heather Zimar

The U.S. Department of Education plans to reorganize multiple units with higher education functions into one office whose leader would report directly to the secretary of education, reports Inside ...

Borrower-Defense Rulemaking Panel Fails to Reach Consensus

Posted on February 21 2018by Michelle Mott

Negotiators on the borrower-defense rulemaking panel failed to reach consensus on proposed regulations, leaving the U.S. Education Department free to craft its own version of rules designed to prot...

Education Dept. to Review Bankruptcy Standards

Posted on February 21 2018by Michelle Mott

The Trump administration this week signaled interest in reevaluating rules that determine whether student loan debt can be discharged in bankruptcy, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. The ...

Senate Fails to Advance Immigration Bills, Leaving DACA in Doubt

Posted on February 21 2018by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Senate last Thursday failed to advance four immigration bills brought to the floor for a vote, leaving a solution for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival...

DACA Deadline Looms as Immigration Debate Continues

Posted on February 15 2018by Michelle Mott

The Senate this week kicked off the chamber's first real debate of immigration policy since 2013. Education groups are keeping up the pressure on lawmakers to figure out a solution for the hund...

Study Examines Effect of Universal Mandatory Testing

Posted on February 15 2018by Gabriel Murphy

Universal mandatory college entrance exams could help bridge the gap between low-income students and selective universities, according to a recent study by a professor at the University of Connecti...

Study Finds DACA Increased Educational Attainment

Posted on February 15 2018by Heather Zimar

A new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has had a positive impact on the educational and life decisions of undoc...

Overall U.S. Educational Attainment Rates Increase, but Gaps Remain

Posted on February 15 2018by Heather Zimar

New data from the Lumina Foundation shows that in 2016, 46.9 percent of Americans aged 25 to 64 had a postsecondary degree or certificate—a 1.1 percentage point increase over the previous yea...

Education Dept. to Stop Pursuing Bathroom Complaints from Transgender Students

Posted on February 15 2018by Heather Zimar

The U.S. Department of Education will no longer take action on civil rights complaints filed by transgender students blocked from using the bathroom matching their gender identity, reports BuzzFeed...

Borrower Defense Rule Delayed Again

Posted on February 15 2018by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Department of Education announced another delay in the implementation of the Obama-era borrower-defense-to-repayment rule. The rule, which sought to give students a more streamlined path t...

Congress Approves, Trump Signs Two-Year Budget Deal

Posted on February 15 2018by Michelle Mott

After a brief government shutdown starting at midnight, Congress early Friday morning approved a bipartisan spending measure that includes increased funding for higher education, The New York Times...

White House Unveils FY 2019 Budget Request

Posted on February 15 2018

President Trump on Monday unveiled his 2019 fiscal year budget request, which proposes significant cuts to higher education programs. The blueprint traditionally serves as a White House w...

Senate to Vote on Two-Year Budget Deal

Posted on February 8 2018by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a two-year budget deal that would substantially increase spending and suspend the debt ceiling for a year, The Hill reported. The agreement, which ai...

Education Dept. Proposes Compromise on Student Loan Fraud Claim Rule

Posted on February 8 2018by Michelle Mott

As part of ongoing negotiations to rewrite the Obama-era borrower-defense rule, the Trump administration this week proposed to change evidentiary standards for debt relief claims that would be...

Millions Live in Higher Education 'Deserts'

Posted on February 8 2018by Heather Zimar

A new report by the Urban Institute's education policy program found that about three million Americans live more than 25 miles from a broad-access public college and do not have the type of hi...

Federal Loan Program Losing Money Due to Income-Based Repayment, Report Finds

Posted on February 8 2018by Heather Zimar

A new report by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General finds that the rising cost of the federal student loan program is due, in large part, to the growing number of bor...

Call to Action on House PROSPER Act

Posted on February 8 2018by William Gil

There has been a flurry of recent movement on Capitol Hill regarding the Higher Education Act reauthorization. The law, first enacted in 1965 and last reauthorized in 2008, governs federal higher e...

Senate Republicans, Democrats Outline Priorities for HEA Reauthorization

Posted on February 8 2018by Michelle Mott

U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) laid out a framework for reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA), releasing a white paper Thu...

Senators Introduce Another Bill to Protect Dreamers

Posted on February 8 2018by Michelle Mott

U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Christopher Coons (D-DE) on Monday introduced legislation in an effort to resolve important immigration issues and allow lawmakers to devote their full attentio...