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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.

Bipartisan “Campus Accountability And Safety Act” Introduced In The Senate

NAICU Washington Update
August 5, 2014

The "Campus Accountability and Safety Act" was introduced in the U.S. Senate on July 30 by a bipartisan group of 10 senators and has a growing list of consponsors.  The act aims to make changes to the Higher Education Act, Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act and will require colleges to act more aggressively in identifying, preventing, and addressing sexual misconduct on their campuses.

Institutions Invited to Apply to Participate in Experimental Sites Initiative

NAICU Washington Update
August 5, 2014

The Secretary of Education has invited institutions that participate in Title IV programs to apply to participate in a new Experimental Sites Initiative (ESI). Letters of application must be received by the Department of Education no later than September 29, 2014. Institutions chosen for the sites will be expected to provide significant information about their experiments, including, in some cases, control groups of students.

House Cleans its Plate Prior to Recess

NAICU Washington Update
July 25, 2014

The House of Representatives recently approved several bills dealing with higher education tax policy and the Higher Education Act. While action is unlikely in the Senate, the bills offer a glimpse of how future tax and HEA proposals may take shape.

Net Neutrality Principles Endorsed

NAICU Washington Update
July 11, 2014

NAICU joined ten other higher education and library associations this week in a statement of net neutrality principles as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares to reconsider the issue.

Senator McCaskill Releases Findings of Campus Sexual Violence Survey

NAICU Washington Update
July 11, 2014

The findings of the campus sexual violence survey, released by Senator Claire McCaskill on July 9, assess how institutions report, investigate, and adjudicate sexual violence. Overall, the findings are critical of every aspect of how campuses are handling sexual assaults on campus.

House Committee Unanimously Approves Three Higher Education Bills

NAICU Washington Update
July 10, 2014

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved three bills today intended to serve as building blocks towards the comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA).  Despite a September 30 expiration date, work on a comprehensive HEA bill is unlikely to be completed before Congress adjourns this fall.

William “Bro” Adams Confirmed as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

NAICU Washington Update
July 10, 2014

Former Colby College President William D. “Bro” Adams was confirmed Wednesday by the United States Senate as the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Adams is expected to begin as chairman in the coming days.

All Institutions Participating in the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Program Must Sign Another New Form; Deadline Extended To September 5

NAICU Washington Update
July 9, 2014

The Department of Defense has informed institutions in the Tuition Assistance (TA) program of an update to the previous Memorandum of Understanding issued in May 2014.  Institutions wishing to participate in the TA program after September 5, 2014, must sign a certification statement—even if they have already signed the revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) published in May of this year.

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