May 9, 2014

Larsen Introduces Bill to Protect Bereaved Student Borrowers

Today, Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA) introduced the Bereaved Student Borrowers Act. The bill  is designed to protect grieving students and students facing family hardship from auto-defaulting on their private student loans and to get better access to information about cosigner release requirements. The bill also prohibits lenders from reporting an auto-default as a result of cosigner… Read More


House Passes ESRA

The House of Representatives approved the Strengthening Education through Research Act (H.R. 4366) on Thursday night, with bipartisan support. The bill reauthorizes the Education Sciences Reform Act. The measure will now head to the Senate.


May 8, 2014

Senate Confirms Ted Mitchell

This afternoon, the Senate confirmed Ted Mitchell as the new Under Secretary of Education.  Mitchell succeeds Martha Kanter, who stepped down in December to take a post at NYU. Mitchell has been President at the New School Venture Fund. Mitchell was nominated in October of 2013. The nomination was approved unanimously by voice vote.


House to Hold Hearing on Student Veteran Success

The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Economic Affairs is holding a hearing this morning called, “Defining and Improving Success for Veterans Students”. The hearing will have two panels, which will be as follows: Panel 1 Mr. Michael Dakduk, Vice President of Military and Veterans Affairs, Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) Mr…. Read More


May 6, 2014

DHS Announces New Immigration Regs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the publication of two proposed regulations, including a rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and a proposal to enhance opportunities for certain groups of highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the United States.   Both Notices of Proposed Rulemaking will… Read More


House to Vote on ESRA Reauthorization

The House is expected to consider H.R. 4366, the Strengthening Education through Research Act on Wednesday of this week. The legislation would reauthorize the Institute of Education Science, which is the research arm of the Department of Education. Reauthorizing legislation of research agencies is typically noncontroversial, and surprisingly, that spirit has held true this year… Read More


May 5, 2014

This Week in Congress

Here is a list of hearings the Office of Federal Relations will be paying attention to throughout the week. TUESDAY Senate Budget Committee Fiscal 2015 Budget: Education Full Committee Hearing 10:30 AM; 608 Dirksen Building House Energy & Commerce – Subcommittee on Health State of Biomedical Innovation Subcommittee Panel Discussion 3 PM; 2123 Rayburn Building… Read More


New Report on Trends in State Funding for Higher Education

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a study late last week about national trends in state funding allocations to public higher educational institutions. The report explains broad national trends in cost shifting of tuition from the state to the student. Overall, after counting for inflation, forty-eight states are still spending less per student in… Read More


FY 2015 Appropriations Update

Both the House and Senate are in session this week. The Senate could consider energy efficiency and tax extenders legislation, while the House considers charter schools legislation and contempt charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner. Senate appropriators will learn about their committee allocations for their FY 2015 spending bills. This will allow them to… Read More


May 1, 2014

House Passes Two Appropriations Bills and Looks Forward

This week, the full House considered and passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Legislative Affairs bills on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.  Both measures are considered uncontroversial and passed by overwhelmingly. It is unclear when the full House will take up the Commerce, Justice, and Science bill, which the House Appropriations Committee also unveiled… Read More