Congress/legislation

Senate HELP committee hears college affordability testimony

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Senators agree tuition can't keep growing, though their ideas differ on how to address the problem.

Committee on higher ed accreditation composing its final report

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Federal panel appears to have rejected idea of decoupling accreditation and financial aid eligibility, favoring less-dramatic changes to quality assurance system.

GAO releases new investigation of for-profit colleges

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The government investigator releases a potentially damaging investigation of for-profits, but its impact may be lessened because of a flawed previous investigation.

Spending cuts loom due to supercommittee failure

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The Congressional "super committee" announced Monday that it could not agree on deficit reduction, setting the stage for automatic spending cuts in 2013.

Obama proposes changes to student loan programs

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Obama proposes changing income-based repayment and pushing students to consolidate their loans -- part of a campaign to work around lawmakers.

Wait and See

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The broad authority of the deficit "super committee," and its secrecy, have presented challenges for college groups hoping to protect student aid, research and other higher ed priorities.

Serving Soldiers?

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The U.S. Senate is flirting with policies that could harm for-profit colleges' success with veterans and active-duty military students.

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