This Week In Washington
Both chambers of Congress are on recess this week, so there is little news this week.
On Tuesday, a United States District Court for the District of Columbia heard arguments on whether the lawsuits filed by various states’ attorneys general against the Department of Education (ED), regarding ED’s decision to halt the Obama-era Gainful Employment (GE) regulations, should move forward. Recall, last June ED indefinitely delayed implementation of GE and Borrower Defense to Repayment regulations and subsequently engaged in three rounds (summaries here, here, and here) of negotiated rulemaking to craft a set of new GE regulations. The states’ lawsuit alleges it was improper for ED to delay implementation of the first set of GE regulations, and therefore those regulations should be implemented, not any forthcoming regulations. The case for future reference: State of Maryland et al v. United States Department of Education et al (17-cv-2139) [PACER account required].
On a similar note, this week ED sent its proposed new Borrower Defense to Repayment rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review. This rule, which was delayed and renegotiated like the GE rules, governs potential loan forgiveness for students who have been defrauded by their institutions. Although we do not yet know what the proposed new rule contains, ED was free to craft its own version because the negotiation committee did not reach a consensus.
News You Can Use
Study finds that for every $1,000 increase in tuition at four-year nonselective public universities, diversity among full-time students decreased by 4.5 percent.
Several higher education and civil rights organizations released a joint memo outlining their principles for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.
Private loan lenders and banks have been lobbying Congress to enact limits on federal loans for graduate students so that these institutions can reenter this particular market.
No student aid-related bills were introduced this week for consideration by the 115th Congress.