Washington Update

Education Department Begins Talks to Establish a Second PAYE Plan for Student Loans

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At the end of February, the Department of Education (ED) held the first negotiated rulemaking committee meeting designed to expand the Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) repayment plan.

Department of Education Releases Information on Proposed College Ratings System

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The Department of Education has released a draft framework of its controversial plan to set up a college ratings system, but higher education experts remain concerned that the program will not be ready for the 2015–16 academic year.

President Obama Proposes Two Years of Free Community College

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The White House unveiled an ambitious program that would make two years of technical or community college “as free and universal as high school.”

ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship—January 2015

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The ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc./Jack Bresch Student Legislative Internship is a six-week, stipend-supported internship in the Advocacy and Governmental Relations (ADEA AGR) portfolio of the ADEA Policy Center in Washington, D.C. This student legislative internship provides a unique learning experience for predoctoral, allied and advanced dental students, residents and fellows.

Fisher Case May Be Headed Back to Supreme Court

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The long-running battle between the University of Texas at Austin and Abigail Fisher reached another milestone in November when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit turned down a request for the entire 15-person appeals court to rehear the case.

Department of Education Issues Final Rule on Clery Act

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The Department of Education has issued a final rule on the latest changes to the Clery Act, the federal statute first enacted in 1990 to require all colleges and universities taking part in federal financial aid programs to make information about crimes on or near their campuses available to the public.

ADEA Signs on to Brief in Munn v. The Hotchkiss School

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ADEA has signed on to the brief of the American Council on Education (ACE), along with several other higher education associations, in the Munn v. The Hotchkiss School case.

Public Hearing Held on Proposed College-Ratings System

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The Obama Administration’s proposed plan to rate colleges based on three criteria—affordability, access and outcomes—received extensive criticism during a public forum held in September.

House Approves Three Bills Tied to the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

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The House Education and Workforce Committee, members of which have initiated efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA), approved three bills this summer that address separate parts of the Act. HEA is the principle federal statute on higher education and federal financial aid.

Obama Extends Educational Loan Repayment Option to More Borrowers

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On June 9, President Barack Obama issued a presidential memorandum to permit nearly five million federal student loan borrowers with outstanding student loan balances to cap their monthly payments at 10% of their incomes.