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Colleges and universities receiving federal funds are required to annually conduct an educational program related to the United States Constitution on September 17.
While the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available on October 1, 2016, Department of Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell has urged institutions not to move priority institutional financial aid deadlines forward while also encouraging institutions to process financial aid awards, if only estimates, as soon as possible.
Proposed new rules outlining borrower defenses to loan repayment obligations of students defrauded by colleges resulted in a flood of more than 10,000 comments into the Education Department by August 1. The Education Department issued the Notice of Proposed Rule-Making (NPRM) on borrower defenses in mid-June, following inconclusive negotiated rule-making sessions conducted last spring.
Public comment on proposed regulations concerning the state authorization of distance education programs and foreign branch campuses are due to the Education Department by August 24, 2016. The proposed regulations, announced July 25, seem to be less complicated and prescriptive than the last proposal discussed during a 2014 negotiated rulemaking session on this topic.
Hillary Clinton and the National Democratic Party highlight their priorities for higher education.
The Pell Grant, TRIO, and GEAR UP programs all increased, while SEOG and Federal Work Study were level-funded.
The Department of Education's action on Borrower Defense may prove problematic for many institutions.
The Department of Education extended the deadline for institutions to submit corrections to the lists of students who had completed gainful employment programs.
While Congress is in recess (July 18-Sept. 6), the Department of Education may still act on several proposed or pending regulations.
Contradictory advice leads to confusion in timing of aid awards.
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