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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Delivers on Promise of Year Round Pell and Increased Flexibility for Students

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10 Ways to Avoid Students Defaulting on Payment Plans

This is a good article of ideas to help schools and thus students to keep from defaulting on their loans. I believe most schools do most of these, a helpful reminder never hurt.

 

10 Ways to Avoid Students Defaulting on Payment Plans By Sean Steinmarc, TFC Tuition Financing – Career Education Review

Important Changes to the GE Disclosure Template

 

While the US Dept of Ed has announced a revisit to the Gainful Employment Rule and a delay on the new Borrower Defense rule, both are still currently in force. Schools must still comply with all of the regulations as they pertain to them.

Presently, schools who have programs that have not met GE standards are required to have disclosures available to students since February 2017. An article published by the DeLuca Law Firm does a good job on explaining the new disclosure template and the deadlines on the Career Education Review website.

For more details, you can read the article Career Education Review – 2017 Changes to GE Disclosure article.

Why Attend a For-Profit School?

I have been asked this question too many times to count. My usual response is “It depends.” So many factors go into the choice of a school for students. But it appears that some are trying to find out.

A new study seems to want to see if they can find some answers to this question. And while, the authors stated they to do not advocate for any type of school, their findings may start a new twist on an old conversation.

Link to Story: The Unheralded Mettle of For-Profit Students (The Chronicle of Higher Ed)

Perhaps ACICS’ Final Blow?!

The Trump administration is defending, at least for now, the Obama Education Department’s decision last year to yank federal recognition from the nation’s largest accreditor of for-profit colleges. Government attorneys representing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wrote in court papers over the weekend that the Obama administration acted appropriately when it revoked recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, known as ACICS. The department accused the accreditor of routinely approving too many discredited for-profit schools and failing to take action against dishonest institutions.

– The Trump administration wrote in the filing that the decision to nix ACICS was “reasonable and supported by ample evidence in the administrative record.” Attorneys representing the department argued the decision followed proper procedures and regulations for terminating an accreditor. ACICS argues the Obama administration acted arbitrarily and unfairly. The judge overseeing the case in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. is now turning to the substance of the case after twice rejecting the accreditor’s efforts to obtain emergency and preliminary orders blocking the decision. Read the latest DeVos filing here.

– What to watch next: The judge has previously said he’ll let a handful of Democratic state attorneys general weigh in before approving any settlement between the Trump administration and ACICS. Those AGs had pressed the Education Department to terminate the accreditor and they have sought to intervene in the lawsuit challenging the termination. But it’s possible that in the meantime, ACICS could also re-apply for federal recognition before the Trump administration.

– The legal battle over ACICS’s fate comes as deadlines approach for the hundreds of colleges that relied on the accreditor’s stamp to access federal grants and student loans. The colleges, most of which are for-profit and collectively enrolled nearly 600,000 students last year, have to find another accreditor to keep federal funding flowing to their campuses. Under a timeline established by the Obama administration, the schools have to apply for accreditation elsewhere by June 12 and make progress on those applications by Oct. 10 to remain fully eligible for federal student aid. Those deadlines could be changed by the Trump administration.

Original Source: Politico.com 

Can the US Dept. Of Ed prevent another Corinthian type problem?

Everyone is wondering if the US department of Ed can prevent another set of problems like are occurring with Corinthian Colleges, Inc. While all of this is subjective, many in Congress wonder if the US DOE is doing enough monitoring the financial stability of the for-profit sector. There are lots of theories and suggestions, but no real answers these questions.

Read More on the ideas being presented:

Preventing Another Corinthian by Michael Stratford and Paul Fain Inside Higher Ed

And the Battle Begins…..

The battle over Gainful Employment begins… All comments on Gainful Employment will end today. With that, APSCU has begun they battle over the usefulness of the rule with a report stating the proposal as “flawed, arbitrary, and biased”. This looks to begin a legal challenge in the making.

Read more detail in these articles:

For-Profit Colleges Decry Gainful-Employment Rule as ‘Arbitrary and Biased’ – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Charles River Report

Nowhere to Go by Paul Fain on Inside Higher Ed

 

No Consensus for the US DOE on Key Issues

Negotiations for Rule-Making by the US Department of Education have ended without a consensus on two key issues: Debit Cards for students and State Authorization. Without a consensus, the Department of Education can now proceed with language they deem appropriate on these issues. The issue of state authorization for distance education programs has long been a contention for higher education. The debate will most likely end up debated in the court system before it is official.

To read more:

Federal Panel Fails to Reach a consensus by Michal Stratford @Inside Higher Ed

Rule-Making Panel Fails to Find Consensus on 2 Key Issues – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Newest Names Jump on the Gainful Employment Train

Democratic Senators Brian Schatz of Hawaii & Chris Murphy of Connecticut have joined forces on the front lines in a very vocal Congressional fight in the Gainful Employment arena. These Senators are calling for stronger rules on for-profits. Mr. Murphy went so far as to call out Corinthian Colleges as the “worst of the worst” example of a predatory for-profit company.

The revised rules are open for comment through May 27, 2014. Along with the student advocacy group the Young Invincibles, Senator Harkin held a media event at the U.S. Capitol building. Two students from the Young Invincibles discussed their experiences at proprietary institutions on their overall debt and the institutions’ financial practices.

Steve Gunderson of APSCU, the main trade group for the proprietary industry, stated they were working with many Congressional Democrats and the White House for a more fair solution to make sure colleges are accountable. The impact these revised gainful employment rules will have on students is a long way from being determined.

For more on this, please read the following articles:

Senators Call for a Tougher ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Passing the Baton by Paul Fain Inside Higher Education

And the jokes just keep on rolling along from the Feds….

Yes, the US Department of Education is back in to the rulemaking business and now they have decided to try to force States to create a process to review every institution offering education to their residents. While I am all for making sure institutions are not taking advantage to the students I represent in Mississippi, I’m not sure this is the correct way to go about it. I’m sure this topic will be debated in the courts long before it makes its way to being required.

Here are some of the latest stories floating around on the topic:

Negotiators Tussle Over Proposed Rule to Compel State Scrutiny of Online Ed – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Fight on State Authorization By Michael Stratford