Federal policy

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.

Federal agency requests comment on private loan modifications

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau asks for suggestions on how borrowers might refinance private student loans.

CFPB opens wide-ranging inquiry into campus debit cards

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opens an inquiry into colleges' agreements with banks and providers of preloaded debit cards.

NYIT settles over incentive compensation at online Ellis College

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U.S. orders New York Institute of Technology and Cardean Learning Group to pay $4 million for illegally compensating recruiters based on how many students enrolled in new online college.

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