Colleges Ask Education Department to Reimburse Forgiven Loans

College and financial aid administrators are asking the Education Department to repay schools that spent as much as $400 million forgiving student loans through a now-defunct program.

Perkins Loans were administered and serviced by colleges until Congress allowed the program to expire in September 2017.

Student Loan, Gainful Employment Rules Delayed, Official Says

The Education Department will miss a crucial deadline to reach a final regulation on forgiving loans made to students who say colleges used deceptive recruiting, potentially giving those students an extra year of debt forgiveness under more lenient standards.

The delay comes after the department received more than 38,000 comments on its draft “borrower defense” regulation and needed more time to review them, a Trump administration official said Tuesday.

Troubled Accreditor ACICS Could Have a Year to Get On Track

A senior Education Department official has recommended an organization whose status as a college accrediting agency was yanked by the Obama administration now be given 12 months to come into compliance before the department decides whether to renew its recognition.
Diane Auer Jones, the department’s principal deputy under secretary , said in a review the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools had met 19 of 21 criteria for recognition.

Harvard Admissions Suit Fuels Effort to Rein In Alumni Legacies

Longtime opponents of legacy college admissions that give preference to the children of alumni say they may have their best shot in almost 15 years to push Congress to act on the issue.

Congress, as in 2004, is looking to update the Higher Education Act, which underpins most federal government dealings with colleges.

Only 1 Percent of Applicants Receive Student Loan Forgiveness

Nearly all student borrowers who applied for loans forgiveness under a program for public and nonprofit workers have had their applications denied, according to new data from the Education Department. More than 28,000 borrowers applied to have their loans discharged under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which forgives loans for public and nonprofit workers who have made a decade’s worth of qualifying payments.

Leaked Sex-Assault Draft Could Raise Bar for Accusers in College

College students accused of sexual harassment, but not their accusers, would be permitted to appeal a school’s decision about the responsibility for the assault, under a draft rule being considered by the Education Department. However, victim’s advocates say that could be a violation of law.

Democrats Object to Leaked Draft of Campus Sexual Assault Rule

Top Democrats on the committees overseeing education issues are calling for the Education Department to abandon its plan to write a regulation on how campuses should handle sexual assault. Their criticism comes after a draft of that proposed rule leaked to The New York Times. It showed the department plans to continue policies that could strengthen protections for those accused of sexual assault.

Colleges Wary About Linking Aid to Mastery, Not Credit Hours

Determining federal aid by how much students learn, rather than the time spent learning it, is getting serious consideration from lawmakers from both parties and the Education Department.

Congress Frets as Grad Student Forgiveness Tab Rises By Billions

Young people sinking under debt flocked to student loan forgiveness programs after those initiatives were expanded years ago. But what started with good intentions has morphed, critics say, into an expensive way for high-income earners, many with graduate student loans, to have their debts forgiven on the taxpayer’s dime.

Democrats’ Message on Higher Education: We’re Not the GOP

A higher education bill House Democrats will introduce today will serve as both a blueprint and a campaign trail talking point meant to contrast Democratic lawmakers’ plans for higher education with those of their Republican counterparts.