Federal policy

House GOP bill would raise colleges' costs for reimbursing federal aid when students drop out

Community colleges would face big cost increases under House GOP's plan to overhaul repayment system for federal aid when students drop out.

Ashford University is the latest big for-profit seeking to become a nonprofit

Ashford University is the latest big for-profit bidding to become nonprofit. The university's owner, Bridgepoint Education, will seek to become an online program management company.

Universities stall on ‘confusing’ distance education regulations


Colleges seek guidance about looming federal requirement for online colleges to tell students whether academic programs meet licensing requirements in their home states.

Conference shows higher education's many tensions and challenges

In a fast-changing world, nearly everything is unsettled in higher education.

Projections show House work-study proposal would benefit for-profits, community colleges

House GOP proposal would end formula that favored private colleges in Northeast. But it would also mean cuts in funds to some public institutions with strong records educating low-income students and send more money to for-profit colleges.

Senate budget agreement boosts student aid and research, but does not restore DACA

Senate budget agreement lifts spending caps in ways that could enable significant gains in spending on research and student aid. But no solution is provided for undocumented students.

Higher ed groups criticize House GOP's financial aid bill as lawmakers corral support

Higher education groups forcefully criticize House GOP's plan to reshape the federal student aid system and how it holds colleges accountable.

Trump calls for converting community colleges to vocational schools

President Trump wants to see community colleges change names and shift focus to more job training, which two-year college leaders say they already do.

Talks of restoring earmarks promises a renewed debate within higher ed

Republican leaders talk about restoring path to federal funds without peer review. Grants were lucrative for many colleges, but critics said that merit was sacrificed.

House GOP pushes innovation and deregulation with Higher Education Act overhaul

GOP’s Higher Education Act rewrite would give a boost to competency-based education, short-term certificates and alternative providers, but experts worry about the bill’s lack of safeguards.


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