Financial aid

Colleges respond as shutdown creates new cost issues for some students

Many college students rely on income -- whether a parent's or their own -- from closed federal agencies. Some colleges are trying to help.

Trump administration proposal would lift cap on colleges outsourcing higher ed programs

Proposal to lift cap on college programs offered through unaccredited entities stirs concerns about giving companies back door to federal student aid.

Trump administration wants flexibility for accreditors and to encourage alternative providers

The Education Department's proposals for upcoming negotiated rule-making process would narrow the responsibilities of accreditors and modify federal definitions for credit hour and distance education.

DeVos restores authority of for-profit accreditor

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools oversaw Corinthian Colleges and ITT Tech. The Obama administration sought to end the authority of ACICS.

Democratic House will trigger tougher oversight of DeVos

Democrats' takeover of the U.S. House promises tougher scrutiny of DeVos and the Education Department. Donna Shalala is among those elected to U.S. House.

Potential 2020 Democratic contenders issue proposals on equity that could help people pay for college

Cory Booker wants to address inequality -- and college access -- with child savings accounts. Kamala Harris wants to give working and middle class a boost in income. These proposals from prospective 2020 Democratic contenders would mean more money for students to pay for college.

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.

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.

Dropping gainful employment means for-profits keep billions in student aid

Education Department's decision to drop gainful-employment rule will mean lowest-performing programs keep $5.3 billion over next decade.

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.

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