Federal policy

Departures and a reorganization at federal data division stir fears

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Departures and a reorganization at the National Center for Education Statistics stir fears the feds are less focused on higher ed data. Not so, says the center's commissioner.

Senate committee examines efficacy of education tax breaks

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A Senate panel asks what could be done to simplify federal education tax benefits, should a larger overhaul of the tax code take place.

Predicting the decade ahead in financial aid

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A panel of aid directors and experts predicts a bleak future for federal student assistance in the next decade.

Proposed House budget would preserve funding for financial aid

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A House of Representatives budget proposal for 2013 would make no cuts to major financial aid programs, agreeing with a Senate version approved last month.

Audit largely clears Education Department on gainful employment process

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Education Department officials protected sensitive information during gainful employment rulemaking, audit finds, but transparency is questioned, and Republican senators want deeper inquiry.

Budget cuts will drive federal policy on for-profits, Gunderson says

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Budget woes will trump ideology in for-profit policy debate, says industry trade group's chief, who calls for members to reduce reliance on federal revenue.

Barriers to competency-based education may be lifting, panel says

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Competency-based education is all the rage, except that no college has yet to go all-in. Panel discusses why, with Education Department official promising that feds won't stand in the way.

U.S. appeals court issues mixed decision on for-profit challenge to rules

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Federal appeals court weighs in on for-profit group's challenge to tightened Education Department rules, siding partially with industry on marketing-related regulation but upholding most of lower court decision.

10 colleges, systems agree to use White House shopping sheet

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10 colleges and state systems have agreed to use a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau "shopping sheet" to give students information on financial aid.

Problems plague Education Department debt management process

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Problems with direct loan servicing have left borrowers trying to rehabilitate their loans in default for months and cost the government millions of dollars.

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