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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.
Findings from the Senate Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education were released on February 12. The report looks at the ever-increasing burden of federal regulations as well as the structural break-downs in the regulatory process.
NAICU responds to proposed federal rating system for colleges and universities. In its comments to the Department of Education, NAICU expressed support for providing as much consumer information as needed for students and families to make an informed decision on where to attend college. Yet NAICU also strongly voiced its position that the federal government should in no way substitute a federal rating for an individual’s judgment about what is important and valuable in an educational experience.
The association representing for-profit institutions filed a motion for summary judgment in its November 2014 suit challenging the Department of Education’s gainful employment regulations.
Realigning tax priorities and the proposal for free community college highlighted the higher education portion of President Obama's State of the Union Address.
On February 4, the House Ways and Means Committee approved seven bills that would make permanent several temporary charitable tax benefits, including the IRA charitable rollover. The IRA rollover last expired at the end of 2014, after only being renewed briefly at the end of the year. Making this benefit permanent is a top NAICU tax priority.
The release of the president’s budget on February 2 kicked off the FY 2016 budget and appropriations process for the year. For education, the budget includes $3.6 billion more than last year, and proposes some new ideas for student aid, including Pay As You Earn, and FAFSA simplification as well as changes to Pell Grants and Campus-based aid.
Get a recap of the 2015 NAICU Annual Meeting through photos and the tweets sent by meeting attendees.
On January 30, NAICU submitted comments to the Department of Education on the proposed regulations for teacher preparation programs. NAICU’s comments reflect its concerns about federal over-reach into state and institutional responsibilities to prepare, certify, and license teachers for our nation’s K-12 schools.
On February 3, the Department of Education posted the first in a series of announcements providing operational information about changes to the Direct PLUS Loan adverse credit history provisions contained in the October 23, 2014 final regulations.
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