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Congress Adjourns; Lame Duck Session Addresses Several Areas of Importance

NAICU Washington Update
December 17, 2014

The 114th Congress adjourned sine die on Tuesday, December 16. Additionally, President Obama signed the “CRomnibus” spending package that covered several areas of interest to NAICU members, including funding for the key Federal student aid programs.

White House Holds 2nd Summit on College Opportunity

NAICU Washington Update
December 17, 2014

The White House held their 2nd Summit on College Opportunity on December 4. The summit focused on 4 areas: College Completion Collaboration, K-16 Collaboration, K-12/Postsecondary Counseling and Advising, and STEM Degree Production.

Congress Approves One Year Extension of Expired Tax Benefits; IRA Charitable Rollover and Tuition Deduction Renewed for 2014 Only

NAICU Washington Update
December 17, 2014

The House and Senate approved an extension of expired tax benefits before adjourning for the year. Included in the benefits are the IRA Charitable Rollover and the above-the-line Tuition Deduction benefits, however these will expire on December 31, 2014.

Sexual Assault on Campus Continues to be a Priority

NAICU Washington Update
December 17, 2014

Addressing sexual assault on campus continues to be a high-profile issue for campus officials, policy makers, and the media. Most recently, the November 19 Rolling Stone article regarding the University of Virginia and its attendant controversy has generated even more intense interest in identifying fair and effective means of addressing the issue. Several recent events underscore just how complex that task is for policy makers, institutions, law enforcement, and students and families.

NACIQI Reviews Agency Accreditation; Continues Reauthorization Discussion

NAICU Washington Update
December 17, 2014

The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) held its semi-annual meeting on December 11. The committee had a relatively light agenda in terms of accreditation agency reviews, in that its scheduled review of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) was delayed until next spring.

Another Try at Gainful Employment Regulations

NAICU Washington Update
December 17, 2014

The Department of Education has again published a final gainful employment rule and has again been sued by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU).

Distance Education Reciprocity Effort Continues to Move Forward

NAICU Washington Update
December 17, 2014

Since its establishment in August 2013, State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) officials have continued to promote membership in the agreement and to refine its operations and requirements. SARA's use of the Department of Education’s financial responsibility composite scores to assess the financial soundness of private institutions continues to be a concern.

Proposed Teacher Preparation Regulations Tie Program Quality to Aid; Comments due Feb. 2, 2015

NAICU Washington Update
December 17, 2014

The Department of Education issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to provide increased Title II accountability for all teacher preparation programs and to link program quality to Title IV TEACH Grant eligibility. Comments on the proposed regulations are due February 2, 2015. Included in the regulations is an additional request for comments (due Jan. 2, 2015) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the cost and burden of implementing teacher preparation regulations.

Department of Education Clarifies Aid Eligibility for Incarcerated Students

NAICU Washington Update
December 10, 2014

The Department of Education published guidance to address questions regarding incarcerated students and their eligibility for Federal financial aid. The clarification reiterates earlier guidance on the definition of “incarcerated,” provides distinctions on eligibility of individuals at various types of correctional facilities, and defines the differences between eligibility for Pell Grants and for Title IV student loans.

PLUS Loans Final Rule Published; More Borrowers Should Qualify

NAICU Washington Update
October 29, 2014

In a letter to the Department of Education, NAICU President David Warren expressed support for a newly revised definition of "adverse credit history." The new definition is estimated to make an additional 370,000 individuals eligible for PLUS loans.

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