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News from the latest issue - December 7, 2017

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UPDATE
Executive Director Update - December 7, 2017
Mike Reilly discusses House Republican's bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.

FEDERAL RELATIONS
Senate Passes Tax Reform Overhaul
Legislation would have a major impact on institutions and students.
GOP Senators Unveil New DACA Proposal
Senate Democrats and even some Republicans are already panning the proposed legislation because it would not offer Dreamers a path to citizenship.
Legislation Aims to Ease Financial Barriers for Low-Income Students
Bill would help to protect students from being taxed on using their Pell grants for non-tuition purposes.

IN THE COURTS
Supreme Court Allows President Trump's Travel Ban
The Supreme Court this week granted President Trump's request to enforce his revised travel ban while the legal challenges to it are considered in lower courts.

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Tax Deal to Exclude Two Controversial Higher Ed Provisions

Posted on December 14 2017by Michelle Mott

Congressional leaders on Wednesday announced a tentative agreement on a final tax bill that would leave out some of the House's controversial higher education provisions. Senate and House nego...

Democrats Oppose Repeal of Net-Neutrality Rules

Posted on December 14 2017by Heather Zimar

Democratic senators have spoken out in opposition of the repeal of net-neutrality rules, reports Inside Higher Ed. The Federal Communication Commission, which has a Republican majority, is expecte...

Office of Inspector General Recommends Processing of Borrower-Defense Claims

Posted on December 14 2017by Heather Zimar

The Department of Education's inspector general recommended this week that the review of student loan relief applications (known as borrower-defense claims) resume after several months without ...

Congress Passes Short-Term Spending Bill

Posted on December 14 2017by Michelle Mott

Congress on Thursday approved a two-week funding bill, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown one day ahead of the deadline, Politico reported. Senators approved the measure on a 81-14 vote, soon ...

Executive Director Update - December 14, 2017 - House HEA Markup and Reverse Transfer Legislation

Posted on December 14 2017by Michael Reilly

The U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee convened on Tuesday to debate and vote on amendments and other changes to the chamber's proposed legislative rewrite of the Higher...

Franken's Resignation Leaves Vacant Seat on Senate Ed Committee

Posted on December 13 2017by Michelle Mott

U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) last week announced his resignations after facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct over the years. His decision to step down opens up a spot on the Senate H...

Appeals Court Overturns Freeze on Collection of Defaulted Student Loans

Posted on December 12 2017by Michelle Mott

A federal appeals court on Friday ruled to allow the U.S. Education Department to resume collecting defaulted students loans following a six-month freeze imposed by a lower court, Politico reported...

Executive Director Update - December 7, 2017

Posted on December 7 2017by Michael Reilly

House Republicans on Friday released a sweeping bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA). The law, first enacted in 1965 and last reauthorized in 2008, governs federal higher education pr...

Senate Passes Tax Reform Overhaul

Posted on December 7 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Senate narrowly passed legislation early Saturday morning to overhaul the tax code in a 51 to 49 vote. The massive bill includes several controversial measures related to higher education,...

Legislation Aims to Ease Financial Barriers for Low-Income Students

Posted on December 7 2017by Michelle Mott

Late last month, U.S. Representative Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced legislation that aims to protect low-income students from being taxed on using their Pell grants for non-tuition purposes. The...

GOP Senators Unveil New DACA Proposal

Posted on December 7 2017by Michelle Mott

A group of Senate Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a new bill aimed at providing a legislative fix for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The Security, Enforcement, and Compa...

Supreme Court Allows President Trump's Travel Ban

Posted on December 7 2017by Heather Zimar

The Supreme Court this week granted President Trump's request to enforce his revised travel ban while the legal challenges to it are considered in lower courts, reports The Washington Post and ...

House Republicans to Unveil HEA Reauthorization Proposal

Posted on November 30 2017by Michelle Mott

House Republicans are expected to unveil this week a comprehensive bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which governs the nation's student financial aid system, reported The Wall Stree...

New Proposals to Simplify FAFSA

Posted on November 30 2017by Michelle Mott

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced this week an overhaul of how the department distributes financial aid, collects loan payments, and communicates with its more than 42 million borrower...

Shutdown Over DACA?

Posted on November 30 2017by Michelle Mott

Congress must reach an agreement to fund the federal government beyond the current December 8 deadline. As the deadline nears, concern is growing in both parties that a clash over the fate of Dream...

GOP Tax Reform Plan Barrels Forward

Posted on November 30 2017by Michelle Mott

Earlier this month, the House passed the sweeping Republican tax reform bill in a 227 to 205 vote, Inside Higher Ed reported. Thirteen Republicans voted against the plan. The bill did not receive s...

Revised Guidance on NSLDS Enrollment Reporting

Posted on November 30 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) recently released a revised National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) Enrollment Reporting Guide. The update was prompted by an issue regarding enrollme...

Education Dept. Restores Pell Eligibility for Victims of School Closures

Posted on November 30 2017by Michelle Mott

The Trump administration has retroactively restored financial aid eligibility to some 300,000 students who attended now-shuttered institutions, reported The Chronicle of Higher Education. Last fal...

International Student Enrollment Doubled Since Great Recession

Posted on November 30 2017by Michelle Mott

International enrollment at U.S. colleges and universities has skyrocketed since the 2008 economic downturn, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. The study, based on an analysis...

Justice Dept. Says Harvard Is Not Complying with Investigation on Race in Admissions

Posted on November 30 2017by Heather Zimar

The U.S. Justice Department has accused Harvard University of failing to cooperate with its investigation of the university's admissions policies, reported The Chronicle of Higher Education and...