Federal policy

Education Department still has vacancies in many key positions

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With the president's second term now well under way, many key vacancies remain in the Obama administration's higher ed policy making team.

Education Department hears comments on PLUS loans, gainful employment and for-profit colleges

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Historically black colleges urge Education Department to reconsider changes to some student loan criteria, and for-profit colleges and student advocates gear up for rewrite of "gainful employment" regulation.

Education Department will delay enforcing part of state authorization rule

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Education Department will delay enforcing a rule that requires states to submit evidence that colleges are authorized to operate within their borders -- and that could end colleges' aid eligibility if states don't do so.

House panel votes on student loan interest rates, transparency study

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As Congressional Democrats argue in favor of extending the current interest rate on subsidized student loans, House Republicans in committee back a bill that would overhaul how those rates are determined.

Policy brief calls for overhauling GEAR UP, TRIO Programs

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A new policy brief from the Brookings Institution calls for overhauling federal college preparation programs.

FAFSA changes recognized many kinds of parents

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Changes to the FAFSA will collect information on both parents in a same-sex marriage or who are unmarried but living together.

Obama said to propose market-based interest rate for student loans

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When President Obama's budget proposal emerges today, it is expected to include a proposal for a market-based student loan interest rate, putting him at odds with student advocates who were former allies.

Student debt group's First Amendment feud with the Education Department

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The Institute for College Access and Success is fighting federal investigators on their request for e-mail transcripts relating to for-profit regulations.

Gainful employment's future uncertain after court ruling

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Gainful employment takes another hit in court, jeopardizing a possible appeal and raising questions about federal collection of data on higher education.

House holds hearing on student loan interest rates

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With the interest rate for subsidized loans set to double July 1, House hearing focuses on the broader future of the federal loan program.

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