This Week In Washington
Both chambers of Congress have left Washington for recess and will not be back in session until September 9. We will publish the Roundup on an as-needed basis during this time.
Last week, the Government Accountability Office released a report titled “Federal Student Loans: Education Needs to Verify Borrowers' Information for Income-Driven Repayment Plans,” which identified potential fraud or errors in the income and family size information for borrowers enrolled in income-driven repayment plans. In response, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos called on Congress to provide the U.S. Department of Education (ED) the authority to independently verify income using Internal Revenue Service data, which she said could reduce the risk of fraud and the burden on borrowers.
California responded this week to the possibility of students in the state that attend out-of-state online programs losing access to federal student aid by creating a new system for addressing complaints from affected students. ED is in the process of reviewing the state’s proposed plan to comply with the federal “state authorization” rule.
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The National Association for Law Placement released employment outcomes for the law class of 2018, which shows that the employment rate improved for the third year in a row. The report acknowledges that the rise in the overall employment rate is in part due to a smaller class rather than an increase in the number of jobs.
General subject matter topics of the July California Bar Examination were accidently released before the exam to a small number of law school deans. In an effort to “level the playing field,” the State Bar of California released the information to all exam takers.
Two more law schools, Seattle University School of Law and Yale Law School, will now accept GRE test scores in admissions consideration, which makes for a total of 43 U.S. law schools.
There were no relevant student-aid related bills recently introduced for consideration by the 116th Congress (2019-2020).