Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule 3.0 – Part II: Student Relief

Kate Lee Carey, Jonathon Glass and Mike Goldstein

Our second blog post about the Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule focuses on the impact of the new rule on Direct Loan borrowers and the bases for borrower defense claims and how those claims will be processed.

Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule 3.0

Kate Lee Carey, Jonathon Glass and Mike Goldstein

After announcing plans for a new rule last summer, the Department of Education has, unofficially, issued its long awaited new update to the borrower defense to repayment rule.

California Senate Appropriations Committee Sends Three Postsecondary Bills for Further Action, Shelves Three Others

Kate Lee Carey and Caitlyn Shelby

The California Senate Appropriations Committee returned from recess on August 12 and resumed discussion of the six remaining higher education bills.

ED Reinstates Title IV Eligibility to California Students

Nancy Anderson, Mike Goldstein and Paul Thompson

The Department of Education has withdrawn its directive to deny federal financial aid eligibility to California students enrolled in online courses offered by out-of-state public and nonprofit universities.

California Legislature Takes Summer Break With Key Higher Education Bills Still in Air

Kate Lee Carey and Caitlyn Shelby

California higher education bills remain unresolved during summer break. The seven original bills passed the Assembly, but have undergone amendments in the Senate. Read our summary of the trajectory of the bills over the past few months as we await the Legislature to reconvene on August 12.

Department Announces California Residents at Out-of-State Public and Nonprofit Institutions Ineligible for Federal Student Aid

Nancy Anderson, Mike Goldstein and Paul Thompson

The Department of Education announced yesterday that California residents enrolled in distance education programs at out-of-state public and nonprofit institutions will be ineligible from receiving federal student aid.

After Nearly a Decade of Uncertainty, Gainful Employment Rule Is Gone

Kate Lee Carey

The Department of Education released a final rule that rescinds the entirety of the Obama-era Gainful Employment Rule.

Department Confirms July 1 for New GE Disclosures + Delivery Process

Kate Lee Carey

The Department of Education confirmed that covered institutions must meet the new Gainful Employment disclosure requirements as of July 1. The pending new GE rule and its implementation remain uncertain.

Reminder: Reporting of Borrower Defense to Repayment Financial Responsibility Triggers Due May 14

Kate Lee Carey and Jonathon Glass

The deadline for affected institutions to file reports with the Department of Education under the Obama-era Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule (BDTR) is fast approaching.

Neg Reg Expands Professional Licensure Disclosure Rules in Consensus on State Authorization

Nancy Anderson, Caitlyn Shelby and Paul Thompson

The Negotiated Rulemaking committee reached consensus on revisions to the Department of Education’s state authorization rules, drawing on provisions in the 2016 state authorization rule.

Surprise: Accreditation and Innovation Neg Reg Reaches Consensus

Robin Dasher-Alston, Mike Goldstein, Naomi Harralson May and Caitlyn Shelby

The negotiated rulemaking committee focused on accreditation and innovation reached consensus on three buckets of issues.

California Presses Forward with Bill to Ban OPM Tuition Share Arrangements

Nancy Anderson, Kate Lee Carey, Mike Goldstein, Vince Sampson and Paul Thompson

The California Assembly Higher Education Committee unanimously voted to advance a bill, AB 1345, designed to exclude OPMs and service providers from tuition share arrangements.