Federal Relations

Department of Education to Hold Public Hearings on Higher Education Issues

On May 26, 2009, the Department of Education announced that it will hold three public hearings and related forums around the country to gather public suggestions on several higher education issues. The Department will also be conducting forums after each of the three hearings to discuss: (1) how changes to the Department’s financial aid communications and processes (including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) could improve college planning, preparation and access; and (2) how best to leverage federal postsecondary programs to foster student educational persistence and degree attainment. The dates and locations for these meetings are listed below.

The public hearings will be held from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., local time.

June 15, 2009
Community College of Denver
Tivoli Student Union
900 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO
Auraria Higher Education Center

June 18, 2009
University of Arkansas
Donaghey Student Center
Ledbetter Assembly Hall
Rooms B & C
2801 S. University Avenue
Little Rock, AR

June 22, 2009
Community College of Philadelphia
Center for Business & Industry
C2-28 Lecture Room
18th & Callowhill Streets
Philadelphia, PA

If you are unable to attend a hearing and would like to submit written comments, please send them to our E-mail address at negreg09@ed.gov.

For general information on negotiated rulemaking, see The Negotiated Rulemaking Process for Title IV Regulations, Frequently Asked Questions.