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Wiping Out Debt


Inside Higher Ed. The U.S. Department of Education on Monday released a broad set of draft regulations designed to clarify and strengthen the process for federal student loan borrowers to seek to have their debt forgiven when they have been misled... Read more >

CECU Statement on Release of Defense to Repayment NPRM


Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) The below can be attributed to Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities:"The regulation put forth today by the U.S. Department of Education will cause millions... Read more >

Accreditor, and Accreditation, on Trial


Inside Higher Ed. The future of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools will be at stake later this month when a federal accreditation panel reviews the agency's performance. Consumer advocacy groups, state attorneys general and... Read more >

Logging Off, Dropping Out


Inside Higher Ed. Knowing how often college students log onto learning management software is one of the best ways to predict whether they will stick with their studies or drop out. That finding, which comes from a trove of data collected by Civita... Read more >

GI Bill Benefits on the Brink


Inside Higher Ed. Roughly 5,000 veterans attending for-profit Ashford University may lose access to their GI Bill benefits in three weeks. It's partly due to a decision Ashford made a year ago to shut down its physical campus in Clinton, Iowa. In... Read more >

Career Education Colleges and Universities Elects New Board Leadership


Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) The newly renamed Career Education Colleges and Universities announced the election of new board leadership and newly elected board members following their successful Convention in Orlando, FL. · ... Read more >

Controversial Accreditor Freezes Membership


Inside Higher Ed. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools today will announce a temporary halt in accepting new applications for colleges seeking to become accredited, as well as several other changes, including requirements see... Read more >

Weighing For-Profits' Access to Military Bases


Inside Higher Ed. Nine states are now opposing an amendment the U.S. Congress is considering that would open up for-profit colleges' access to military bases. The amendment, proposed by West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, in the U.S. Se... Read more >

Title IX Sexual Assault Investigation Tracker from The Chronicle of Higher Education


The Chronicle of Higher Education. In this era of enforcement, the government is conducting 243 investigations of colleges for possibly mishandling reports of sexual violence.  So far, 48 cases have been resolved. See the Chronicle's ... Read more >

CA Board of Barbering and Cosmetology final rule effective 7/1/2016: Amendments to the Examination Requirements for Military Personnel


California **CA Board of Barbering and Cosmetology final rule effective 7/1/2016: Amendments to the Examination Requirements for Military Personnel Issue: Education Subissue: Veterans/Military Personnel/Spouses First Reported: 05/07/2015 Date ... Read more >

CSAC Advisory Committee Opening


CSAC Advisory Committee Opening The California Student Aid Commission (CASAC) is reconstituting its Grants Advisory Committee as the newly named Financial Aid Advisory Board (FAAB). They have designated one of the fifteen members for a representativ... Read more >

The Department and St. Catharine


Inside Higher Ed. St. Catharine College will shut down in July. And leaders of the small Roman Catholic college in Kentucky blame the U.S. Department of Education for its failure. The department last year sanctioned St. Catharine over concerns abou... Read more >

15 higher education revelations from NCES


eCampusNews New Condition of Education report provides illuminating snapshot of current postsecondary ed enrollment, attainment, diversity and much more. It’s nice when trending assumptions get fact-checked. Using a more formal description, the N... Read more >

Does a Degree Lead to Economic Mobility?


U.S. News & World Report. The Obama administration has spent the last seven years urging students to earn a college degree and focusing on ways to increase access and affordability, especially for low-income students and students of color.  ... Read more >

Showdown over Obama’s student-loan swan song


Politico. SHOWDOWN OVER OBAMA’S STUDENT-LOAN SWAN SONG: Consumer advocates, labor groups, state officials and for-profit colleges are all making their case to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget as it reviews an Education Departme... Read more >

Iowa Blocks Ashford U. From G.I. Bill Benefits


Inside Higher Ed. Iowa's Department of Education notified Bridgepoint Education -- the parent company of Ashford University -- that the state's approving agency would no longer approve the institution's programs for G.I. Bill benefits after June 30... Read more >

A Sting and a Sham College


Inside Higher Ed. In the fall of 2013 Jun Shen allegedly sent an email to officials at the brand-new University of Northern New Jersey offering her services as a recruiting agent for foreign students. According to the federal criminal complaint agai... Read more >

Enrollments Slide, Particularly for Older Students


Inside Higher Ed. This spring 18.3 million students enrolled in college, accordingto the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, a decline of 1.3 percent compared to last spring. The biggest dips were at four-year institutions in the for-... Read more >

Everyone’s Waiting for Trump’s Higher-Education Platform. In the Meantime, Here are Some Clues.


The Chronicle of Higher Education. What might a Donald J. Trump presidency mean for higher education? Now that the Republican field has narrowed to a single candidate, it’s inevitable that higher-ed policy watchers are wondering. But it’s not an... Read more >

College enrollment down nationwide


Fox4 Kansas City. It seems the great wave of increasing college enrollment has broken, and is rolling back. For years, America’s college campuses swelled with more and more students. But enrollment hit its high water mark in 2010 at just over 21... Read more >

Will likes of Google and Facebook really offer degrees in the UK?


Times Higher Education. Tradition dictates that Her Majesty deliver the Queen’s Speech in a formal, even bored, monotone so as to convey political neutrality. But the implications from legislation announced in her speech “to support the esta... Read more >

Diversity as a Tenure Requirement


Inside Higher Ed. Pomona College's faculty has voted to change the criteria for tenure to specifically require candidates to be "attentive to diversity in the student body." While many colleges and universities encourage faculty members to support ... Read more >

Making Credentials Matter


Inside Higher Ed. Higher education institutions should think clearly about their students' occupational goals and the ways various credentials can give them access to the fields they want to enter, write Jimmie Williamson and Matthew Pittinsky. ... Read more >

AIR Report Offers New Model for Calculating College Grad Rates


Education News. American Institutes for Research, a nonpartisan non-profit that conducts behavioral and social science research, has released a report titled “Toward Improved Measurement of Student Persistence and Completion” which describes how... Read more >

What Obama’s Overtime Rule Could Mean for Colleges


The Chronicle of Higher Education. This week the Obama administration released a final rule that will extend overtime pay to millions more American workers, including hundreds of thousands of lower-level salaried employees on college campuses. Much ... Read more >

Opinion: A sensible option for nontraditional students


The Orange County Register. “Help wanted” signs are popping up at businesses across America. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 5.4 million jobs open in America. That’s one of the highest numbers on record. And it’s not ... Read more >

From Singapore to Santa Fe


Inside Higher Ed. A Singaporean education company with 30 colleges in 13 countries plans to expand into the U.S. with its purchase of an art college in Santa Fe. Raffles Education Corporation on Wednesday announced its intention to purchase the 9... Read more >

2 For-Profit Universities Will Cut Arbitration Clauses From Enrollment Agreements


The Chronicle of Higher Education. Two for-profit universities owned by the Apollo Education Group will stop including mandatory arbitration clauses in students’ enrollment agreements, the company announced on Thursday. Students at the Universi... Read more >

DeVry CEO: For-profit colleges aren't all the same


Yahoo Finance. For-profit colleges like DeVry Education Group (DV) and Apollo Education Group (APOL) are at the center of one of the most controversial topics on education and finance today: the future of higher education and the role of the America... Read more >

Pell Grants For Dual Enrollment? Let Students Decide


Forbes. The Obama Administration’s Education Department recently announced a major change to Pell Grants. It released a lineup of 44 colleges that will be eligible next year for its pilot program to give Pell Grants to high school students in du... Read more >

Employers: New college grads aren't ready for workplace


CBS News. Many people fresh out of college who succeeded in landing work in recent years may need to face a painful truth -- their employers often don't think they're ready for the job. According to a survey released today by PayScale, which provid... Read more >

For-Profit Berkeley College Partners With German University As Industry Regulations Mount


Forbes. President Obama has made it clear that he is no fan of for-profit colleges. His Education Department has pursued regulations and enforcement that have put some out of business. And when talk show host Ellen DeGeneres surprised a happy viewer... Read more >

Discounting Hits New Highs


Inside Higher Ed. Tuition discount rates keep climbing to previously unseen levels at private colleges and universities, leaving institutions caught between the need to enroll highly price-conscious students and the squeeze discounting places on the... Read more >

The Other Legacy of the For-Profit College Boom


Inside Higher Ed. Confessions of a Community College Dean. The New Yorker has a pretty good piece on the students stranded by the abrupt closures of for-profit colleges. It mentions the students who are withholding loan payments for programs take... Read more >

Trump's Emerging Higher Ed Platform


Inside Higher Ed. Donald Trump has been quiet about higher education policy during his triumphant march through the Republican presidential primaries. That could be ending soon. Sam Clovis, the national co-chair and policy director of Trump's campa... Read more >

Gnomon School of Visual Effects Shares the Art of Star Wars Episode 7


PRWeb. The artists behind of some of the world's best-known movies and video games, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Zootopia, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, will reveal the secrets of their work in a series of exclusive talks at Gnomon ... Read more >

Education Management Corp. Seeks to Reverse Ruling Protecting Minority Bondholders


The Wall Street Journal. Warning that the ability of troubled businesses to restructure their debt outside of bankruptcy proceedings is on the line, lawyers representing for-profit education company Education Management Corp. and its lenders have u... Read more >

As Feds Crack Down On For-Profit College, A Founder Heads To Prison For Fraud


NPR. A federal judge's ruling in Florida has brought a new development in the various government investigations of the for-profit college industry: prison time for the school's founder. Alejandro Amor, the founder of a college called FastTrain in S... Read more >

One Word in Bankruptcy Law That Could Lead to More Forgiven Student Loans


The Wall Street Journal. The instructions from Congress for how a struggling student loan borrower can attempt to leave that debt behind in bankruptcy contains one word that can have two meanings. The resulting ambiguity caught the attention of Emo... Read more >

Federal Student Loans Just Got Cheaper


Time. The interest rate for undergraduate students taking out federal loans will soon dip slightly, to 3.76%, based on new Treasury rates announced today. That’s down from a 4.29% rate this year. For graduate students and parents who take out P... Read more >

Chilling Higher Ed Cooperation in China?


Inside Higher Ed. A stringent new law regulating foreign nongovernmental organizations in China could potentially constrain the activities of overseas higher education institutions in a variety of ways. The law, approved by China’s legislature l... Read more >

It’s a Tough Job Market for the Young Without College Degrees


The New York Times. For seniors graduating from the University of Michigan this month, employers have been lining up since the fall to offer interviews and boast of their companies’ benefits. Recruiters would ask when their competitors were coming... Read more >

Changing the Game in the Workplace and in the Classroom: Doctoral Degrees Matter to Millennials


BusinessWire. Millennials represent the largest generation in the U.S. workforce today1 and are known for placing value on team collaboration and workplace flexibility. They also place strong value on their education, and have outpaced educational ... Read more >

Skin in the Game


Inside Higher Ed. No concept is arguably more popular in higher education policy today or seems to have broader consensus than institutional “skin in the game”: the idea that colleges need to be on some sort of financial hook when their students... Read more >

High Court Gives For-Profit College a Break


Courthouse News Service.  Though an appellate panel revived whistleblower claims that Heritage College defrauded the U.S. government, the for-profit institution won a stay Friday from the Supreme Court.     Per its custom, the Supreme Court di... Read more >

Durbin urges warnings on for-profit schools but remains silent on College of DuPage scandal, public school abuses


Illinois Business Daily. As the school year winds down, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) continues to champion his cause against for-profit postsecondary education; however, one legal expert notes that “there is more than a double standard” at play ... Read more >

Shortage of Skills in the Beauty and Wellness Industry


APSCU. This month the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 7.9 million Americans are unemployed, while at the same time 5.4 million jobs remain unfilled in America. This crisis exists because employers demand "job ready" employees and prospectiv... Read more >

For-profit colleges buying up coding bootcamps


Politico. Capella Education Co. is the latest for-profit college to buy or invest heavily in a coding boot camp. Just this week, Capella bought DevMountain for $15 million, and agreed to pay up to another $5 million if the programming bootcamp compa... Read more >

Shuttered beauty school settles suit accusing it of faking diplomas, attendance


MarketWatch. A group of financial aid officers, career counselors, instructors and others employed by a now-defunct for-profit college agreed on Wednesday to settle a whistleblower suit the group filed last year, accusing the school of engaging in v... Read more >

University of the People Offers Tuition-Free Health Degree

05/05/2016 The first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited online university in the world has introduced new associate and bachelor degree programs in Health Studies. The announcement from the University of the People came just one month a... Read more >

Trying to Simplify Choices in Federal Student Loan Repayment Plans


The New York Times. Any student loan borrower who has tried to decipher which repayment plan works best knows that the process can be daunting. The federal government offers multiple repayment plans for student loans, including several that tie m... Read more >

Watchdog Barks -- and Gets Slapped Down


Inside Higher Ed. A chorus of powerful critics wants to shut down the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, a national accreditor, for allegedly being too lax with Corinthian Colleges and other controversial for-profit institutio... Read more >

Capella Acquisition of DevMountain Extends Leadership Position in Job-Ready Skills Market


Business Wire. MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA) today announced that DevMountain, an industry-leading coding school, has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company. DevMountain’s mission is... Read more >

Apollo Education Group (APOL) Gets a Sweeter Buyout Offer

05/03/2016 Shares of Apollo Education Group Inc (NASDAQ:APOL) jumped 12 percent during Monday’s trading session, after the company received a revised buyout bid from a consortium of private equity investors. The same group of investors, ... Read more >

FTC Takes Action Against Florida Lead Generator


Inside Higher Ed. The Federal Trade Commission announced Thursday that the operators of agreed to settle deception charges. is an education lead-generation company based in Orlando, Fla., that claims to prescreen job applican... Read more >

Stateside Alert: Amendments to Nursing Education Rules


California CA Board of Registered Nursing departmental discussion: Amendments to Nursing Education Rules Issue: Professional Board Requirements Subissue: Nursing First Reported: 04/29/2016 Date Updated: 04/29/2016 Contact: Ronnie Whitaker 916... Read more >

U. of Akron Ends Partnership Talks With For-Profit ITT


The Chronicle of Higher Education. The University of Akron has ceased discussions with the for-profit technical-schools operator ITT Educational Services Inc., according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The university’s president, Scott L. Scarbor... Read more >

Support for Emergency Aid in California Legislature


Inside Higher Ed. The California Assembly's Higher Education Committee voted to advance a bill that would authorize the use of state student success funding for emergency aid, which typically are small grants of $300 or less. The use of emergency... Read more >

Capella Buys Coding Academy for $18 Million


Inside Higher Ed. Capella Education Co. last week announced the purchase of Hackbright Academy, a nondegree coding boot camp for women, for $18 million. Capella, a publicly traded for-profit chain, said in a written statement that the San Francis... Read more >

White House Push on Free Community College


Inside Higher Ed. Local and state-based free community college programs have grown rapidly across the country in the past year since President Obama announced his plan to create a national promise program. On Monday the Obama administration sough... Read more >

Monitoring the Gatekeepers


Inside Higher Ed. The Obama administration on Friday told accreditors to focus more on enforcing standards that measure student achievement and to consider additional scrutiny for colleges with significant problems. The new guidance from the U.S.... Read more >

Under Scrutiny Itself, For-Profit Accreditor Gets Tough With ITT Tech


Inside Higher Ed. The embattled accrediting organization that is under scrutiny for its approval of many controversial for-profit colleges is now taking action against one of the nation’s largest for-profit college chains. The Accrediting Council... Read more >

CCSF Back on the Brink


Inside Higher Ed. City College of San Francisco’s long-running accreditation crisis has gotten expensive for taxpayers in the city and state, with California's government ponying up $100 million in extra funding for the college over the last thre... Read more >

Accreditor Victory in Duel With CFPB


Inside Higher Ed. A federal judge on Thursday struck a blow to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent foray into college accreditation, ruling that the bureau lacks the authority to investigate how accreditors approve for-profit college... Read more >

Education Dept. Warns of More Scrutiny for Accreditors


The Chronicle of Higher Education. The U.S. Department of Education is, once again, weighing in on accreditation, expanding some flexibility in the accreditation process but also warning of more scrutiny for accrediting agencies. In an 11-page “... Read more >

San Francisco Mulls Free Community College


Inside Higher Ed. Following the Los Angeles mayor's announcement that the city will begin offering one year of free community college tuition to high school graduates, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is looking to do the same fo... Read more >

Statement by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) Subject: Change in leadership


ACICS. Today, the ACICS Board of Directors announced a change in the top leadership of the agency. It has appointed Anthony S. Bieda, 63 of Alexandria, VA to serve as Executive in Charge. Simultaneously, the Board will initiate a search for a Presid... Read more >

Los Angeles to Offer Year of Free Community College


Inside Higher Ed. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti last week said the city would help finance a newly announced program to offer one year of free community college to graduates of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The announcement, which Garc... Read more >

Ties That Bind?


Inside Higher Ed. On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has pledged to crack down on for-profit colleges, saying she would go further than the Obama administration’s high-profile efforts to rein in problems in the industry over the past seven yea... Read more >

ITT Technical Institute Faces Another Lawsuit, Now From Massachusetts Attorney General

04/18/2016 If it wasn’t bad enough for the for-profit colleges, which have been deluged by lawsuits and declining enrollment, earlier this month, the Massachusetts Attorney General set its sights on ITT Technical Institute, lodging a lawsuit aga... Read more >

The Job Creation/Destruction Machine that is California


Sedgwick LLP. A continuing storyline of the California economy is the enormous job creation and job destruction that goes on below the surface of the monthly job numbers. Each month around 300,000 payroll jobs are destroyed, and an equal amount crea... Read more >

State AGs Ask Feds to Dump For-Profit College Accreditor


Inside Higher Ed. Twelve state attorneys general on Friday called on the U.S. Department of Education to deny federal recognition of one of the largest accreditors of for-profit colleges, including the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. The accrediti... Read more >

Rate of increase in degree-holders continues to lag behind national goal


The Hechinger Report. The rate by which Americans are earning two-and-four year degrees continues to lag stubbornly behind what’s needed to meet national goals, and declining college and university enrollments threaten to make things worse, accord... Read more >

APSCU Blasts Letter from Attorneys General on Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools


APSCU. A group of attorneys general chose to act this week against the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, a move that can only be seen as acting in their own political self-interest, instead of the interests of new traditional... Read more >

College group: Plaintiffs bar, feds, state AGs teaming against for-profit colleges


Legal Newsline. The head of an organization representing private post-secondary colleges and universities says he believes plaintiffs’ attorneys have played a key role in the federal government’s recent push for the banning or restricting of man... Read more >

U. of Phoenix Will Lay Off 470 Employees


The Chronicle of Higher Education. The University of Phoenix is laying off 470 employees, nearly 8 percent of its work force, reports KTVK, a television station in Phoenix. “This difficult decision came after careful deliberation and analysis w... Read more >

Education Department Drafts Standards for Accreditors


Inside Higher Ed. The Obama administration is proposing new standards that govern how and when college accreditors have to alert the U.S. Department of Education about troubled institutions under the accreditors’ purview. The department is solici... Read more >

Hard Times at For-Profit U


Comstock's. When Chris Treiber left the Navy in 2011, he set sail on uncharted waters. His 10 years of service offered no natural path into a good job. He’d spent his last five of those guarding prisoners and had no civilian job experience. He had... Read more >

Revamped Loan Payment System


Inside Higher Ed. The U.S. Department of Education plans to revamp how it collects monthly payments from millions of Americans who have federal student loans, the department will announce on Monday afternoon. Department officials will announce thei... Read more >

For-profit college chain ITT lands in the crosshairs of Mass. attorney general


The Washington Post. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed a lawsuit against ITT Educational Services, one of the largest operators of for-profit technical schools, for engaging in abusive sales tactics and misleading students abou... Read more >

Shortage of Skills: The Culinary Sector


APSCU. This month the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that eight million Americans are unemployed, while at the same time 5.5 million jobs remain unfilled in America. This crisis exists because employers demand "job ready" employees and prospect... Read more >

Fight Over Debt Collection Records


Inside Higher Ed. The American Civil Liberties Union and National Consumer Law Center on Tuesday asked a federal court to force the U.S. Department of Education to turn over various documents that show how the government collects student loan debt f... Read more >

Competency for the Traditional-Age Student


Inside Higher Ed. Competency-based education isn’t for everyone, say even supporters of the emerging form of higher education. Many of the 600 or so colleges that are trying to add competency-based degrees are focused on adult, nontraditional stu... Read more >

U of California Accused of Favoring Non-Californians


Inside Higher Ed. Facing severe budget cuts from the state around 2010, University of California campuses started increasing their admission of out-of-state students, who pay much higher tuition rates than do California residents. UC officials never... Read more >

Digital Overtakes Print


Inside Higher Ed. Several of the largest education publishers say they now generate most of their sales and revenue from digital products, but both analysts and some in the industry disagree on if the shift represents a transformation for the textbo... Read more >

Over 600,000 Job Openings in California on an Average Day in 2016: How Can This Be?


Sedgwick LLP. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are more than 600,000 job openings on an average day in California in March 2016. How can this be, with so many Californians having difficulty finding a job.Let's start with... Read more >

Pell Surplus Could Help Year-Round Proposal


Inside Higher Ed. The federal government will spend roughly $22 billion on the Pell Grant program in 2016, according to new numbers from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. The more than $7 billion projected surplus in the $30 billion program fo... Read more >

More Former Corinthian Students Will Have Their Debt Forgiven, Education Dept. Says


The Chronicle of Higher Education. The U.S. Education Department has cleared the way for former students at 91 campuses once owned by the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges to have their loan debt forgiven, the department announced on Friday. The cam... Read more >

$31 Million Court Win for a For-Profit College


Inside Higher Ed. One piece of inaccurate information precipitated Kentucky-based Decker College's closure more than 10 years ago. That misinformation, provided by Decker's accreditor to the U.S. Department of Education, about the status of Decker'... Read more >

California Judge Orders Corinthian to Pay $1.17 Billion


Inside Higher Ed. A California judge on Wednesday ordered the defunct Corinthian Colleges to pay $1.17 billion because of what he found to be false advertising and other practices that misled students into enrolling and borrowing money to pay tuitio... Read more >

Graduation Gap Widens


Inside Higher Ed. Most public colleges have improved overall graduation rates during the last decade, a new study found. But gaps between the academic success of black students and that of white students continue to widen. Graduation rates improve... Read more >

'Confidence Rating' for On-Time Graduation


Inside Higher Ed. Academic advisers at the University of California at San Diego will this fall be able to tell on a scale from zero to 10 if the student sitting in front of them is on track to graduate within four years. The university is in the p... Read more >

Why coding camps are taking so long to get licensed in California


San Francisco Chronicle. In January 2014, the state bureau that regulates for-profit vocational schools sent cease-and-desist letters to nine coding boot camps operating in California without a license, threatening to shut them down if they didn’t... Read more >

Getting Ready for Another Corinthian


Inside Higher Ed. As the U.S. Department of Education forgives thousands of loans students took out to attend Corinthian Colleges and sets up a new federal debt relief process for other colleges, one pressing issue is how much it will cost taxpa... Read more >

Accreditation Outside the Academy


Inside Higher Ed. Interest is building for an alternative type of accreditation for online courses, boot camps, corporate training and other nontraditional education providers. And while that form of quality assurance remains a work in progress, a g... Read more >

New Ground for Pearson


Inside Higher Ed. A small two-year college in Ohio is trying to solve a problem many institutions like it across the country face. Enrollment is on the decline and tuition is frozen at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. But enter edu... Read more >

Critics Assail Potential New York Move on Regulating Online Colleges


The New York Times. Consumer advocates, legal aid organizations and labor unions are urging New York State’s education commissioner not to sign an interstate agreement that they say would expose students to harm at the hands of online colleges and... Read more >

Using Pell to Boost Merit Aid


Inside Higher Ed. The Pell Grant program, which the federal government spent $34 billion on in 2014, has become a way to measure how well colleges serve the underprivileged. The more Pell Grant recipients a college enrolls, the story goes, the more ... Read more >

New Criteria for Debt Relief


Inside Higher Ed. The Obama administration is proposing new standards for when the federal government will forgive the student loans of borrowers who say they were victimized by their college or university. U.S. Department of Education officials th... Read more >

Feds shut down company accused of preying on student loan borrowers


MarketWatch. A company accused of preying on student loan borrowers desperate to get out of debt will likely go out of business in the coming days. On Tuesday, a federal judge approved a final judgment order that would require Student Loan Processi... Read more >