Federal policy

Education Department misses deadline for its overhaul of student loan rules

Education Department says it won't meet November deadline to overhaul borrower-defense and gainful-employment rules, raising the stakes for legal challenges to the Obama-era regulations.

Trump administration recommends restoration of ACICS, an accreditor that remains controversial

Trump administration recommends restoring the controversial accreditor of many for-profits, citing a federal court ruling. Meanwhile, ACICS faces questions about its approval of a Danish business school's degree programs.

Growing number of Democrats run on free college, pushing issue into mainstream

A growing number of Democratic candidates at the state and federal level are running on free college. But there's a sharp divide within the party and liberal policy circles over the concept.

Researcher says DeVos misrepresented her work to justify repeal of student loan rule

A higher ed researcher cited by Betsy DeVos to justify dropping gainful-employment rule says her work actually backed more stringent standards.

Trump administration official describes plan to 'rethink' higher education through upcoming rule-making sessions

Top Education Department official describes plan to "rethink" higher-education standards through new rule-making process, to be announced today, on accreditation, the credit hour standard, the faculty role online and more.

DeVos proposes tougher standard for borrowers who seek student loan relief

The Education Department's proposed rule would make students show that a college knowingly misled them while also restricting consideration of loan relief to borrowers in default.

Grand Canyon U succeeds in second bid to go nonprofit

Grand Canyon, a large, thriving Christian for-profit, will divide in two, with new nonprofit university giving for-profit company 60 percent of tuition in exchange for a broad range of support services.

Education Department delays disclosures under gainful employment while working to replace rule

Education Department announces a second yearlong delay of some gainful-employment disclosures as DeVos works on a do-over of the vocational education rule.

Republicans are generally positive about higher education in new survey

New America survey finds a more nuanced, positive view of higher education among Republicans than previous surveys, but a partisan divide on who should pay for college.

Advocates push for stronger Pell Grant as appropriations cycle begins

Advocates prioritize a stronger Pell Grant as the next appropriations process gets under way, but big changes to the program are viewed as unlikely before an update to Higher Education Act.

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