Rulemaking Panel Proposes Process for Student Debt Forgiveness Under BDTR

Jonathon Glass, Mike Goldstein and Kate Lee Carey

This memo discusses the proposed process for students to file claims to have their federal loans forgiven, as well as the role of institutions in that process, under the Final Draft of the BDTR Rule.

New Student Debt Standards Could Allow Massive Loan Forgiveness

Jonathon Glass, Mike Goldstein and Kate Lee Carey

This memo discusses the new federal standards for students to have their federal loans forgiven under the Final Draft of the BDTR Rule. 

ED to Issue First Set of Gainful Employment Rates

Jonathon Glass and Kate Lee Carey

The US Department of Education just announced its intent to issue the first set of official Debt to Earnings Rates (D/E Rates) under the Gainful Employment Rule (GE Rule) in January 2017.

The Top Five Legal Issues for Edtech Startups and Schools

Matt Johnson

As an attorney who focuses on legal issues relevant to the education sector, I’m often asked about some of the key legal issues in the space—especially for emerging companies who have to be strategic about allocating their time and resources.

Negotiations on New Defense to Repayment Rules Fail: It’s All Up to ED Now

Jonathon Glass, Mike Goldstein, Kate Lee Carey and Vince Sampson

Following a highly charged, often contentious three days of debate, the third session of the Negotiated Rulemaking on Borrower Defense to Repayment (DTR) ended as it started, without consensus. The Department of Education (ED) is now free to promulgate the regulations it wants, entirely independent of the DTR negotiations.

Common Sense Media to Grade EdTech Company Privacy Practices

Matt Johnson, Danielle Naftulin and Jay Vaughan

Last week, Common Sense Media (CSM) announced that it is undertaking an ambitious initiative to evaluate and grade the student data privacy practices of EdTech companies that provide products, apps, or services for use in K-12 classrooms.

ED Adds New Letter of Credit Requirements to Student Loan Negotiations

Jonathon Glass and Kate Lee Carey

The US Department of Education and appointed negotiators representing higher education and legal groups are preparing for the second round of negotiations to expand the “Borrower Defense to Repayment” regulations, with the next session to run from Wednesday, February 17 through Friday, February 19.

Restrictions Remain on Certain Academic and Research Activities for Cuba and Iran

Greg Ferenbach, Jonathon Glass, Mike Goldstein, Kevin King and Shannon MacMichael

Much has been written recently about the lifting of the US embargoes targeting Iran and Cuba. Despite recent liberalization in discrete areas (e.g., travel, family remittances, and internet based communications), comprehensive restrictions remain in place on the types of academic activities that US persons can undertake, as well as what US persons can export or transfer to these countries and their nationals.

Timeline for First Set of Gainful Employment Rates Slips Further

Jonathon Glass and Kate Lee Carey

The US Department of Education has announced another delay in the distribution of the Completer Lists for Gainful Employment programs until Spring 2016, which is bound to push back the date for ED to issue the first set of Draft GE Rates and, ultimately, Final GE Rates.

Beware of Predatory Student Debt Relief Advertisements that Target Your School

Kate Lee Carey, Greg Ferenbach, Jonathon Glass, David Mills, Jay Vaughan, Matt Johnson and Alyssa Saunders

In a recent trend, student debt relief scammers are engaging in aggressive marketing tactics by placing advertisements that target student loan borrowers from a specific institution of higher education.

Federal Judge Rules on MA Regulations on Marketing by For-Profit Schools

Greg Ferenbach, Mike Goldstein, Robert Lovett, Adam Gershenson and Paul Thompson

On January 25, 2016, Judge Saylor of the US District Court in Boston issued his ruling in the case of Massachusetts Association of Private Career Schools v. Maura Healey, in her official capacity as the Attorney General.