Financial aid

White House executive order prods colleges on free speech, program-level data and risk sharing

President delivers on promise to punish colleges that don't show they guarantee free speech on campus, and includes language on outcomes data and risk sharing. But it's unclear what force it will carry.

White House wants 12 percent cut in education spending

Congressional appropriators have rejected previous White House calls to cut student aid. New budget plan also backs congressional deal on "risk sharing" for colleges.

Looming White House executive actions on higher education may cover more than free speech

White House may be planning executive actions on program-level outcomes data and student loan risk sharing, as well as on free speech, perhaps around the release of its proposed budget next week.

College groups raise access concerns over Alexander accountability plan

Senator Lamar Alexander wants to apply a single loan-repayment system to programs at all colleges, nonprofit and for-profit alike, drawing concerns about student access.

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.

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