Federal Relations

July 30, 2009

Secretary of Education to Participate in Aug. 7th Webinar

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will participate in a public webinar on August 7th at 2pm. Secretary Duncan will discuss the Obama higher education agenda and take questions from campus leaders. Those interested in joining the webinar can click here for registration information.

July 22, 2009

Graduate and Professional Loan Subsidy Restored by House

Yesterday, the House Education and Labor Committee passed HR 3221, Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, which was introduced last week. The legislation eliminates the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program and utilizes the $87 billion saved to fund increased Pell grant levels for students (indexed to inflation plus 1%, but subject to

July 14, 2009

Obama Unveils Community College Initiative

Today, President Obama will unveil a $12 billion initiative to boost community colleges and move the US toward his goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.  President Obama’s will include the following: $9 billion will go mainly for “challenge grants” awarded on a competitive basis to encourage community colleges to

June 26, 2009

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

June 22, 2009

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

June 11, 2009

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

June 9, 2009

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

May 29, 2009

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

May 15, 2009

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,

April 24, 2009

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.

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