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Senate Holds Hearing on the Role of Consumer Information in College Choice

NAICU Washington Update
May 14, 2015

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing focused on the role of consumer information in college choice as it continues to work towards reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

Scholarships to Mexico This Summer

NAICU Washington Update
May 14, 2015

In an effort to increase student mobility between Mexico and the United States, the University of Guadalajara is offering 15 full scholarships for its summer study abroad program. The scholarships cover the costs of the month-long program and room and board. Students would only need to pay for their airfare and health insurance.

State Authorization Provisions Expected to go Into Effect on July 1, 2015

NAICU Washington Update
May 13, 2015

After several years of delay, the Department of Education appears set to implement state authorization regulations effective on July 1, 2015. The provisions that will be implemented are those requiring an institution to be authorized by the state in which it has its main location, or in which it has an additional physical location offering at least half of an educational program.

Feedback Sought on Department of Education’s Compliance Calendar

NAICU Washington Update
May 12, 2015

NAICU seeks to compile a list of any additions or modifications that would make the Department of Education's long awaited "compliance calendar" more complete.

REPAYE Neg-Reg Achieves Consensus

NAICU Washington Update
May 12, 2015

The federal regulatory negotiating panel assigned to review President Obama’s new income-driven repayment plan came to a last-minute compromise on the loan-forgiveness proposal of the repayment plan that allowed the team to reach an agreement on proposed regulations.

Obama Administration Announces Second Round of “First in the World” Grants

NAICU Washington Update
May 11, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education announced that it will award up to $60 million to innovative colleges and universities through a second round of grants in the First in the World program. According to the Department, the program seeks to spur the development of innovations that improve educational outcomes, and make higher education more affordable for students.

NAICU Submits Comments on Alexander White Papers

NAICU Washington Update
May 11, 2015

In April, NAICU submitted responses to three white papers released by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on accreditation, institutional risk sharing, and data transparency and consumer information. In responding, NAICU highlighted risks and opportunities within each white paper.

House Holds Hearing on College Access and Completion for Low-Income Students

NAICU Washington Update
May 6, 2015

On April 30, the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training held a hearing focused on improving college access and completion for low-income and first-generation students.

Congress Takes Next Step on the FY 2016 Budget

NAICU Washington Update
May 1, 2015

The House Budget Committee filed their FY 2016 budget resolution calling for extensive cuts to student aid.

Updated Title IX Resource Guide Issued Reinforcing Institutional Roles and Responsibilities

NAICU Washington Update
April 29, 2015

The Department of Education recently sent letters to all college presidents and Title IX Coordinators explaining the roles and responsibilities of their institutions in prohibiting sex discrimination in educational programs and activities. Along with the letters, the Department issued an updated Title IX Resource Guide providing further detail on the role and authority of Title IX Coordinators. 

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