To: AASCU Presidents, Chancellors and Government Relations staff
From: Ed Elmendorf, Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Policy Analysis
Makese Motley, Assistant Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis
Barmak Nassirian, Director of Federal Policy Analysis
Program Integrity and Improvement Negotiated Rulemaking
In November, the Department of Education announced a negotiated rulemaking committee to propose new regulations
related to student aid programs and program integrity matters. This
committee has been covering issues such as the use of campus debit
cards, state authorization requirements for online programs, and the
definition of credit standards for PLUS loan borrowers. Last week this
panel failed to reach consensus on the overall package of proposed
rules. This means that the Department of Education will have the
discretion to develop new rules as they see fit.
The panel did find consensus on two issues related to PLUS loans.
Under the Department’s proposal, delinquent debt of $2,085 or less would
not disqualify borrowers from the program. This would be a substantial
change from current rules under which borrowers with any amount of debt
in collection or charged off on their credit histories within the
preceding five years could be disqualified. In addition, language was
proposed that would ally this limit to be adjusted up over time to
changes to inflation.
expects there to be another push to get a vote on comprehensive
immigration reform in mid-June. Recent comments by key Republican House
leaders indicate that a vote on immigration reform is a realistic
possibility. If you are interested in being involved in our immigration
push please contact Makese Motley, Assistant Director of Federal
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