Federal policy

Servicers prepare for student loan payments to resume

Borrowers will resume payments on federal student loans on Feb. 1, nearly two years after repayments were deferred due to the pandemic. The vast majority of borrowers say they won’t be ready to pay.

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Opposition to for-profit exclusion from Pell increase continues

Stakeholders argue that there are more appropriate ways to hold for-profit institutions accountable than excluding their students from using the Build Back Better Act’s increase to the maximum Pell Grant.

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Report makes suggestions for simplifying FAFSA verification

FAFSA verification can be a burden for students and institutions alike. College access advisers and financial aid administrators say data sharing and changing how the Education Department selects students for verification could provide relief.

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With federal money at stake, more colleges mandate vaccines

Even as pending deadline prompts more universities to comply with Biden order mandating vaccination against COVID-19 for employees of federal contractors, some are still studying the order or determining next steps.

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Higher ed funding continues to shrink in social spending bill

The Biden administration and congressional Democrats cut the Build Back Better Act in half, leaving many higher education investments behind but boosting the maximum Pell Grant and funding for HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions.

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Research advocates for fixes to income-driven repayment

A new report outlines the challenges Black borrowers face with income-driven repayment plans, while another offers a solution -- all while the Department of Education is considering new possibilities for the plans.

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Penn State mandates employee vaccines, citing Biden order

Penn State may be among the first institutions to announce it will require COVID-19 vaccination for employees due to Biden administration order requiring vaccination for federal contractors.

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Department outlines changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Most of the reforms are temporary, but they’ll still help hundreds of thousands of borrowers chart a renewed path toward loan forgiveness.

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ABA report shows impact of law school debt on young lawyers

Report describes how the average law school debt of $108,000 affects recent graduates, showing impacts that vary between racial and ethnic groups.

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Congress hears solutions to campus food insecurity

Millions of college students face food insecurity, and while institutions have been doing what they can to help, it’s time for the federal government to step in, advocates say.

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