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The recently passed FY 2016 Congressional budget resolution intends to freeze the Pell maximum and eliminate $90 billion in mandatory funding from Pell. The budget resolution passed both the House and Senate and will now go to a budget conference committee to work out the differences between each version and then pass a final resolution.
The Department of Education is considering how it might implement Pay As Your Earn 2. Generally, nonfederal negotiators support expansion of income-driven repayment, but are concerned with a few of the conditions. They are also worried about confusion due to the other options borrowers already have.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making available to NAICU members the ability to participate in a virtual training program to help colleges and universities in emergency preparedness and response planning.
A recent hearing held by the House Higher Education and Workforce Training Subcommittee covered several topics that are likely to be debated during reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, including year-round Pell, FAFSA simplification, deregulation, and measuring the success of graduates.
NAICU welcomed new staff members this winter. Tim Powers started as the Director of Accountability and Regulatory Affairs in January, and Jason Ramirez began as the Director of Research and Policy Analysis in March.
The Aspiring to the Presidency executive leadership symposium will be held at St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH on June 24-26. The three-day program is designed to help mid- and senior-level college and university administrators explore a career path to a college presidency.
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) released three white papers for public comment on March 23. The topics, as well as the papers’ contents, give more insight into the key issues he wishes to address in HEA reauthorization. Taken as a whole, the papers indicate that Sen. Alexander is seeking a new way to approach institutional accountability that balances deregulation with some sort of financial “skin in the game” for colleges.
A top official at the U.S. Department of Education recently hinted that the Administration is considering creating two separate institutional ratings systems for colleges and universities. One system would be consumer-focused for use by students and families in helping choose a college, while the second would be for use by researchers and policymakers.
In March, the Senate Finance Committee solicited comments and proposals for specific areas of tax reform from interested groups and individuals. NAICU submitted a proposal which supports the current structure of tax benefits for students and families that help them save for college, pay tuition, and repay student loans.
The 114th Congress started on January 6 with Republicans in control of both the House and Senate. As a result, colleges can expect to see a lot of activity on issues that will directly affect them.
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