The Chronicle of Higher Education | Government http://chronicle.com/section/Government/21/ News :: Administration :: Government Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:58:57 EDT <![CDATA[White House Tries a New Tactic on Student Debt: Email Alerts]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148441/ http://chronicle.com/article/White-House-Tries-a-New-Tactic/148441/ Struggling borrowers have been slow to sign up for new federal programs that could reduce their loan payments. Now the Obama administration is reaching out to their in-boxes.

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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Promises of Debt Relief Meet Privacy Concerns]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148387/ http://chronicle.com/article/Promises-of-Debt-Relief-Meet/148387/ The Education Department has warned borrowers not to share their government-issued PINs with student-loan-relief firms, citing concerns about identity theft and fraud.

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Thu, 14 Aug 2014 04:56:05 EDT
<![CDATA[A Plan to Relax PLUS-Loan Restrictions Spurs a Debate on Default]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148317/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Plan-to-Relax-PLUS-Loan/148317/ Some HBCUs are welcoming a proposal that could help borrowers with checkered credit histories secure the loans. But consumer advocates are less sanguine.

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Fri, 08 Aug 2014 04:55:15 EDT
<![CDATA[New Law Requires Public Colleges to Extend Tuition Breaks to Veterans]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148283/ http://chronicle.com/article/New-Law-Requires-Public/148283/ The federal government will require institutions to offer reduced in-state rates to a wider range of students—a matter that had previously been left to states.

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Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:09:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Is Student Debt Harmful to Your Health? A New Study Raises the Possibility]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148207/ http://chronicle.com/article/Is-Student-Debt-Harmful-to/148207/ College graduates with significant debt are less likely to feel that they’re "thriving" in several aspects of their lives, according to the Gallup-Purdue Index.

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Thu, 07 Aug 2014 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[The Pitch: Debt Relief. The Reality: Borrowers May Pay More.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148003/ http://chronicle.com/article/The-Pitch-Debt-Relief-The/148003/ A growing industry targets struggling student-loan borrowers, charging fees to help them apply for free programs.

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Mon, 04 Aug 2014 05:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[I Called 4 Companies for Advice on My Student Debt. This Is What I Learned.]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148007/ http://chronicle.com/article/I-Called-4-Companies-for/148007/ Student-loan consolidation is a straightforward process. But not the way these telephone salespeople describe it.

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Mon, 04 Aug 2014 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[A Glimpse at the Connections Among 7 Debt-Relief Companies]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/148009/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Glimpse-at-the-Connections/148009/ Explore our interactive graphic to view the intersections of four individuals and the companies with which they have been affiliated.

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Mon, 04 Aug 2014 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[For-Profit Colleges Still Cash In on Post-9/11 GI Bill, Harkin Report Says]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147977/ http://chronicle.com/article/For-Profit-Colleges-Still-Cash/147977/ The cost of educating veterans at proprietary institutions averages twice that of their public counterparts, says the chairman of the Senate education committee.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:59:47 EDT
<![CDATA[Key Republican in House Proposes Broad Student-Aid Reforms]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147907/ http://chronicle.com/article/Key-Republican-in-House/147907/ Rep. Paul D. Ryan wants to streamline the system, cap some federal loans, create a database to track aid recipients, and disrupt "the accreditation status quo."

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:55:24 EDT
<![CDATA[Senators in Both Parties Agree: States Must Do More for Higher Education]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147911/ http://chronicle.com/article/Senators-in-Both-Parties/147911/ At a hearing, lawmakers merely disagree on how the federal government should encourage state support for colleges.

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:55:18 EDT
<![CDATA[House Approves 2 Bills Toward Renewal of Higher Education Act]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147891/ http://chronicle.com/article/House-Approves-2-Bills-Toward/147891/ The legislation, which covers competency-based education and government data for prospective students, faces uncertain prospects in the Senate.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:55:32 EDT
<![CDATA[Education Dept. Will Test Use of Student Aid in Programs Not Based on Credit Hour]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147865/ http://chronicle.com/article/Education-Dept-Will-Test-Use/147865/ In a new round of "experimental sites," participating colleges may award federal aid for competency-based programs and prior-learning assessments, among others.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:55:40 EDT
<![CDATA[Sweeping Change Is in the Works for How Job-Training Dollars Are Allocated]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147841/ http://chronicle.com/article/Sweeping-Change-Is-in-the/147841/ In a new plan, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. laid out a "job-driven checklist" for colleges and other applicants for $1.4-billion in grants.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:55:47 EDT
<![CDATA[Fafsa Fix Will Mean Less Aid for Many]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147829/ http://chronicle.com/article/Fafsa-Fix-Will-Mean-Less-Aid/147829/ The Education Department is reprocessing the student-aid applications of 200,000 who inadvertently reported too much income. But it’s not working out in their favor.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[U. of Texas Flagship’s Use of Race in Admissions Can Stand, Court Rules]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147737/ http://chronicle.com/article/U-of-Texas-Flagship-s-Use/147737/ In a review ordered by the Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit judges split in favor of the affirmative-action policy.

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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:01:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Illinois Sues 2 Student-Loan Debt-Relief Firms]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147703/ http://chronicle.com/article/Illinois-Sues-2-Student-Loan/147703/ The lawsuits accuse the companies of preying on struggling borrowers, charging fees to enroll them in free government programs.

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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:59:11 EDT
<![CDATA[Report Faults Education Dept.'s Oversight of Debt-Collection Firms It Hires]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147705/ http://chronicle.com/article/Report-Faults-Education/147705/ The department fails to effectively monitor borrowers’ complaints about companies under contract to collect on defaulted federal student loans, an audit finds.

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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:59:11 EDT
<![CDATA[States Give Slightly More Money to Higher Education, Raising Expectations]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147499/ http://chronicle.com/article/States-Give-Slightly-More/147499/ Policy makers have embraced the idea that an increase in college graduates will fuel a better economy for their states. But strings are attached to the modest generosity.

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[In Passing 3 Bills, House Panel Takes First Step to Renew Higher Education Act]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147643/ http://chronicle.com/article/In-Passing-3-Bills-House/147643/ The legislation would promote competency-based education, expand financial counseling for student-loan borrowers, and streamline data provided to prospective students.

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Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:05:07 EDT
<![CDATA[Problem With Online Fafsa Makes Some Low-Income Filers Look Like Millionaires]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147491/ http://chronicle.com/article/Problem-With-Online-Fafsa/147491/ At least 165,000 applicants have overlooked a decimal point, reporting their incomes as much higher and thus limiting their aid options.

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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:50:00 EDT
<![CDATA[As Stricter Default Standard Looms, Community Colleges Brace for Impacts]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147485/ http://chronicle.com/article/As-Stricter-Default-Standard/147485/ With eligibility for federal student aid on the line, administrators are scrambling to reduce their default rates.

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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 04:58:34 EDT
<![CDATA[Vendors Vie for a Piece of the Default-Management Pie]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147483/ http://chronicle.com/article/Vendors-Vie-for-a-Piece-of-the/147483/ Helping colleges keep their student-loan default rates down has been a growth industry in recent years.

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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 04:58:09 EDT
<![CDATA[Let’s Shrink the Fafsa, Senator Tells Financial-Aid Officers]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147453/ http://chronicle.com/article/Let-s-Shrink-the-Fafsa/147453/ To a sometimes skeptical audience, Lamar Alexander recommends postcard size, with just two questions.

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Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:55:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Student-Aid Leaders Call for Alternatives to Obama’s College-Rating System]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147455/ http://chronicle.com/article/Student-Aid-Leaders-Call-for/147455/ One proposal would evaluate colleges based on how well they educate needy students—and "create a little public embarrassment" for those that don’t.

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Tue, 01 Jul 2014 04:55:19 EDT
<![CDATA[Critics Assail Government's Response to Student-Aid Fraud]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/147409/ http://chronicle.com/article/Critics-Assail-Governments/147409/ Distance-education programs are particularly vulnerable, because many aid applicants never appear in person.

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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EDT