Federal policy

Too Many Rules

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A federal panel asking whether Higher Education Act regulations are burdensome got an earful.

Another Change to 'Gainful Employment' Regs

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Proposed rule would ease requirements for approval for new vocational programs.

Senate Budget Would Preserve Pell

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A Senate panel approved an Education Department budget that would sustain the maximum Pell Grant in part by ending subsidized interest during student loans' grace period.

Calculating Costs and Benefits

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New requirement that colleges display "net price calculators" could reshape tuition pricing, financial aid policies and admissions -- or maybe not.

Cutting Back on Kazakh

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Faced with deep cuts to federal funding for foreign languages, some universities are dropping uncommon -- and strategically important -- languages.

Cutting Their Losses

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In response to a survey on new "state authorization" rules, many colleges say they plan to abandon certain states rather than obtain permission from all 50.

A Graduate Student Burden

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The end of subsidized graduate loans in an era of declining resources means students will have to bear much of the increased costs.

Post-Pork

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In an "earmark-free" era, universities that for years relied on friends in Congress try to win grants like everyone else -- by applying for them.

Short-Term Stability, But ...

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A last-minute compromise debt deal appears to have kept Pell Grants largely intact, but leaves plenty of uncertainty going forward.

Anxiety and Uncertainty

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As Aug. 2 deadline for increasing the federal debt limit nears, no one seems to know what will happen to federal student aid payouts if a deal is not reached. Agencies are mum.

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