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Cohort Default Rates Dip

NAICU Washington Update
September 29, 2014

The Department of Education released the institutional student loan cohort default rates in September. The overall private nonprofit sector rates dropped from 8.2 to 7.2 percent. The rate for 4-year private nonprofit colleges declined from 8 to 7 percent (the FY 2009 percentage for nonprofits was 7.5 percent).

Congress Keeps Government Open

NAICU Washington Update
September 19, 2014

As Congress adjourns to go home for the midterm election cycle, it passed a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown. The continuing resolution funds programs at FY 2014 levels, and runs from September 30, the last day of FY 2014, until December 11, the last day the House is scheduled to be in session.

NAICU Testifies Before Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance

NAICU Washington Update
September 12, 2014

NAICU briefed the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance on both the support and concerns the Association and its members have with the possibility of a federal rating metric.

September 17 is Constitution Day

NAICU Washington Update
September 11, 2014

September 17 is Constitution Day, how will your campus observe this historic event?

Your Vote, Your Voice National Campus Voter Registration Project Returns for 2014

NAICU Washington Update
September 11, 2014

Federal law requires colleges and universities to distribute voter registration forms to all of their on-campus degree or certificate-seeking students. Your Vote, Your Voice 2014 is a web-based resource to help campuses engage their students, faculty and staff in the election process.

Save the Date for the 2015 NAICU Annual Meeting

NAICU Washington Update
September 11, 2014

Hold the dates February 1-4, 2015 on your calendar for the 2015 NAICU Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Knight Commission Calls for Greater Focus on Health, Safety and Treatment of College Athletes

NAICU Washington Update
September 11, 2014

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, co-chaired by NAICU member president R. Gerald Turner of Southern Methodist University, met in Washington D.C. on September 8 to hear practitioners and experts share policy updates on new health and safety initiatives for student-athletes. 

NAICU Provides Comments on Multiple Issues Related to HEA Reauthorization

NAICU Washington Update
September 10, 2014

This summer, NAICU, both individually and with others in the higher education community, responded to requests for feedback from Senate education committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) on a number of pressing issues related to the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

Getting a PLUS Loan May Become Slightly Easier

NAICU Washington Update
August 12, 2014

The Department of Education is seeking comments on recommended changes to eligibility standards for PLUS Loans by September 8. The proposed regulations, published on August 8, would update the criteria for determining if a potential PLUS Loan parent or student borrower has an “adverse credit history” that prevents the applicant from getting the loan. The quick turn-around enables the Department to publish final regulations by November 1, 2014, so that they can take effect by July 1, 2015.

Congress Goes Home for August Recess; Fall Calendar Likely to Include Higher Ed Activity

NAICU Washington Update
August 5, 2014

The fall Congressional calendar is set to include several issues critical to higher education, including annual funding bills for student aid and work on the rewrite of the Higher Education Act.  Prior to adjourning for its summer recess, the House did vote to make permanent the IRA charitable rollover and the American Opportunity Tax Credit, although Senate action is less clear.

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