Department of Education Revamps Student Aid Application Process

**The following press release was made available by the Department of Education on June 24th** The Obama Administration today announced a shorter, simpler, and more user friendly Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that will make it easier to apply for college financial aid. The changes—some of which are already in place while others… Read More


APLU Calls for Increased College Degree Attainment

The memorandum below was released today by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). To:          APLU Presidents and Chancellors Cc:          All APLU Councils and Commissions From:      Peter McPherson, President Date:       June 22, 2009 Re:          Goal of 55% of young adults obtaining a college degree by 2025 Saturday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal contained an op-ed… Read More


Health Care Providers to Receive Help with Student Debt

[The following is a press release from the Department of Health and Human Services] Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the availability of nearly $200 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to support student loan repayments for primary care medical, dental and mental health clinicians who want to work at… Read More


Secretary of Education Calls for Measurable School Reforms

FOR RELEASE: June 8, 2009  Contact: John White, Press Secretary (202) 401-1576 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said today that school reforms should be monitored and judged by results that can be backed up by research proving their effectiveness. Speaking at the fourth annual conference of the Institute of Education Sciences, Duncan told an… Read More


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… Read More


House Foreign Affairs Committee Seeks Increase in Study Abroad Opportunities

Yesterday (May 14th), legislation was introduced in the House Foreign Affairs Committee that would advance provisions of the Paul Simon Study Abroad Act. House Foreign Affairs Committee Release Washington, DC – Congressman Howard L. Berman (D-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today introduced wide-ranging legislation to improve and support U.S. foreign policy efforts,… Read More


CGS Releases Report on Broadening Participation in Graduate Education

On April 23rd, the Council on Graduate Schools (CGS) released its latest report Broadening Participation in Graduate Education at a legislative forum featuring Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA). CGS Overview: The U.S. system of higher education is arguably the best in the world, but there is a leak in the pipeline…. Read More


Campus Safety Act Passes House

On February 3rd, the House of Representatives passed the Campus Safety Act of 2009 (HR 748) by voice vote. The legislation was sponsored by Congressman Robert C. Scott (D-VA), chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. The measure has drawn bipartisan support, including that of the subcommittee’s ranking member, Louie… Read More


Nomination Sought for Advisory Panel on Burdensome Regulations within Higher Education Act

A provision in the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), enacted late last year, mandates that an existing federal student aid advisory group begin collecting information on burdensome federal regulations and develop recommendations to improve institutional compliance and reduce duplication and inefficiency. To comply with its new charge, the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance –… Read More