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News from the latest issue - August 17, 2017

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UPDATE
Executive Director Update - August, 17, 2017
A statement on Charlottesville from the AACRAO Board and Executive Director Mike Reilly.

FEDERAL RELATIONS
Education Dept. Extends Deadline for Comments on Regs
Move follows a flood of over 2,000 comments, calling on the Trump administration to preserve all "current significant guidance" on civil rights issues.
Trump Signs GI Bill Update Into Law
Forever GI Bill removes the current 15-year limit for veterans to use their GI Bill benefits for postsecondary education and restores benefits used to earn credits at closed institutions, among other things.
More Roll Backs to Gainful Employment Rule
Education Dept. announced plans to allow ailing programs to enroll students without warning them and allow programs to appeal ratings based on data that may significantly overstate the actual earnings of their graduates.
DeVos on Higher Ed
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos discusses a range of topics, including for-profit institutions, campus sexual assault on college campuses, and race-conscious admissions.
Outstanding Student Loan Debt Nearly Tripled Over Last Decade, Study Finds
And the percentage of student loan borrowers with $20,000 or more in debt doubled during the same period.

IN THE COURTS
Battle Lines Drawn Over DACA
While the deadline for Republican attorneys general to sue over DACA is fast approaching, immigration law professions make the case for keeping the program in place.
Federal Judge Grants Delay in Title IX Lawsuit
Lawsuit alleges the Obama administration overstepped its authority in issuing guidance that advised colleges and universities to do more to prevent and investigate sexual harassment and assault.

INDUSTRY UPDATE
Research University Consortium Launches ‘Last Mile’ Grants
Aid initiative will provide completion grants to students facing financial challenges as they near graduation.


 

 

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More Roll Backs to Gainful Employment Rule

Posted on August 17 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Department of Education today announced further action to roll back certain aspects of the gainful employment regulation. In a Federal Register notice scheduled to be published on Friday,...

Outstanding Student Loan Debt Nearly Tripled Over Last Decade, Study Finds

Posted on August 17 2017by Michelle Mott

A new study by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found that the percentage of student loan borrowers with $20,000 or more in debt doubled over the past decade. According to the repor...

Trump Signs GI Bill Update Into Law

Posted on August 17 2017by Michelle Mott

President Trump on Wednesday signed an update of the Post-9/11 GI Bill into law, The Washington Post reported. The bipartisan legislation moved swiftly through both chambers of Congress in the last...

Executive Director Update - August 17, 2017

Posted on August 16 2017

The disturbing events in Charlottesville this past weekend have had a profound impact on many of us as we watched white supremist, anti-Semitic, and other racist groups march openly on the cam...

Research University Consortium Launches 'Last Mile' Grants

Posted on August 16 2017by Michelle Mott

A consortium of 11 public research universities announced today the creation of an "emergency" grant program to aid students facing financial challenges as they near graduation, Insi...

DeVos on Higher Ed

Posted on August 16 2017by Michelle Mott

Last week, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sat down for an interview with The Associated Press to discuss a range of topics, including for-profit institutions, campus sexual assault on college...

Federal Judge Grants Delay in Title IX Lawsuit

Posted on August 16 2017by Michelle Mott

A federal judge on Monday granted the U.S. Education Department a 90-day hold on a legal challenge to Obama-era guidance on Title IX while the agency reviews the policy. The lawsuit, filed by a fo...

Battle Lines Drawn Over DACA

Posted on August 16 2017by Michelle Mott

The deadline for Texas and nine other states to file suit against Trump administration over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is fast approaching. Neither the White House no...

Education Dept. Extends Deadline for Comments on Regs

Posted on August 16 2017by Michelle Mott

Late last week, the U.S. Education Department extended the deadline for public input on regulations governing higher education. The move followed a flood of over 2,000 comments with the same respo...

Progress Stalled on New Gainful Employment Data

Posted on August 10 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Education Department has not made any progress this year toward generating data to comply with the Obama-era gainful employment rule, according to a letter last week from Education Secreta...

Student Aid Advocates Push to Extend Perkins Loan Program

Posted on August 10 2017by Michelle Mott

The federal Perkins loan program is set to expire on September 30, 2017, unless lawmakers act, Politico Morning Education reported. Congress allowed the program, which provides low interest loans t...

Education Dept. Issues New Guidance on IRS DRT for 2018-19 FAFSA Cycle

Posted on August 10 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Education Department on Monday issued new guidance on changes to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool Process for the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid cycle. The technical guidance ...

Form Letter

Posted on August 3 2017

Docket ID: ED-2017-OS-0074 On behalf of the [insert name of institution/State or regional AACRAO member], I write to respectfully submit the following comments in response to the U.S. Education De...

AACRAO Comments on Regulatory Reform Agenda

Posted on August 3 2017

Docket ID: ED-2017-OS-0074 On behalf of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), I write to respectfully submit the following comments in response to the...

Executive Director Update - August 3, 2017

Posted on August 3 2017by Michael Reilly

In June, the U.S. Education Department sent out a request for comments on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification in accordance with Executi...

Trump Administration Denies Attack on Affirmative Action

Posted on August 3 2017by Michelle Mott

The New York Times published a report Tuesday night revealing that the U.S. Justice Department plans to redirect resources to investigate, and potentially sue, colleges and universities over their ...

Senate Approves GI Bill Expansion

Posted on August 3 2017by Michelle Mott

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation to expand and update the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The "Forever GI Bill" is a broad effort to better prepare veterans for life...

More Students File FAFSA

Posted on August 3 2017by Heather Zimar

According to an analysis by The National College Access Network, the number of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms completed overall as of June 30 was up 6 percent over last year...

UC Irvine Rescinds Acceptances to Hundreds of Applicants

Posted on August 3 2017by Heather Zimar

Two months before the start of the fall semester, the University of California, Irvine, rescinded the acceptances of 499 students, reports The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. About 7,100...

Ashford University Gets Closer to Gaining Access to Post-9/11 GI Bill

Posted on August 3 2017by Heather Zimar

Ashford University announced last week that it is closer to gaining access to post-9/11GI Bill benefits, reports Inside Higher Ed. Ashford is an online university enrolling 5,000 student veterans....