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Groups Work to Improve Veterans Education Benefits

Posted on May 24 2017by Michelle Mott

Representatives from AACRAO, along with over 35 veteran and military organizations, gathered last week for a roundtable discussion on the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other pending legislation. The meeti...

AACRAO Raises Concerns About Proposed Visa Vetting Changes

Posted on May 24 2017by Michelle Mott

Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department published a notice in the Federal Register that aims to change the visa vetting process to subject certain applicants to enhanced questioning. The agen...

Executive Director Update - May 25, 2017

Posted on May 24 2017by Michael Reilly

President Trump on Tuesday released his fiscal year 2018 budget request. The finalized version hews closely to the administration’s skinny budget unveiled in March, proposing deep c...

Education Department to Revamp Student Loan Servicing

Posted on May 24 2017by Heather Zimar

The U.S. Education Department announced plans to select one company to service student loans on its behalf, rather than the nine contractors that currently handle the federal government's $1.2 ...

Four-Year Degrees Less Expensive for Community College Transfers

Posted on May 24 2017by Heather Zimar

A new paper by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teacher College found that attending a community college first and then transferring is less expensive than enrolli...

Legal Challenge Could Leave 234,000 Borrowers Stuck in Default

Posted on May 23 2017by Michelle Mott

Hundreds of thousands of defaulted student loan borrowers could be stuck in limbo in the wake of a complex legal battle involving dozens of debt collection companies fighting over contracts with th...

New Congressional Push for Unit-Record Data System

Posted on May 18 2017by Michelle Mott

A bipartisan group of senators released a bill Monday that would overturn the ban on a federal unit-record data system to allow for the tracking of educational and employment outcomes of college st...

Minnesota Governor Vetoes Higher Ed Funding Bill

Posted on May 18 2017by Michelle Mott

On Monday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton vetoed a higher education budget bill, arguing that the legislation does not spend enough on the state's universities and student aid while criticizing...

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Introduce Perkins Loan Extension

Posted on May 18 2017by Michelle Mott

U.S. Representatives Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), John Duncan (R-TN), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legisla...

Trump Budget to Cut Student Loan Programs

Posted on May 18 2017by Michelle Mott

The Trump administration's full budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year, scheduled to be released next week, includes major changes to federal financial aid programs, according to details repo...

California Governor Proposals Freeze in UC Funds

Posted on May 18 2017by Heather Zimar

Jerry Brown, California's governor, released his revised budget last week, which includes $50 million in funding for the University of California system that will be sequestered until concerns ...

House Democrats Announce Higher Education Proposals

Posted on May 18 2017by Heather Zimar

Democratic members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee recently proposed a campaign of higher education proposals to address access, affordability and completion, reports Inside High...

Student Loan Interest Rates to Increase in July

Posted on May 11 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is set to raise federal student loan interest rates in July, reported Money magazine. Rates will increase from 3.76 percent to 4.45 percent for undergraduates an...

Common App Announces New Transfer Application

Posted on May 10 2017by Michelle Mott

The Common Application on Tuesday announced plans for a new application for transfer students, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. Jenny Rickard, the organization's president and chief ...

DeVos Suggests Scrapping HEA Reauthorization

Posted on May 10 2017by Michelle Mott

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday delivered a keynote address at an education technology conference in Salt Lake City, calling for significant changes to the federal government's ...

House Bill to Reauthorize Perkins Act

Posted on May 10 2017by Michelle Mott

Late last week, U.S. Representatives Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provide...

Texas Immigration Bill Raises Risks for Undocumented Students

Posted on May 10 2017by Michelle Mott

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Sunday signed a bill into law that gives local police officers unfettered authority to check an individual's immigration status during routine stops, NPR reported....

Trump Confuses, Angers Advocates for HBCUs

Posted on May 10 2017by Heather Zimar

President Trump confused and angered advocates for historically black colleges and universities on Friday when he suggested that certain aid to HBCUs could be unconstitutional, reports The New York...

U.S. Colleges Reassure Potential International Students

Posted on May 10 2017by Heather Zimar

As U.S. colleges and universities are seeing declining numbers of applications from overseas, they are working to reassure international students that they are welcome here, reports The Associated ...

Congress Approves FY 2017 Budget Deal

Posted on May 4 2017by Michelle Mott

Congress reached a deal Sunday night on a massive spending package funding the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year, Politico reported. The $1 trillion omnibus bill would increas...