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NAICU Washington Update stories are posted on the home page and in the News Room section of the site, labeled "NAICU Washington Update."  Here are links to the individual stories from January 2009 to the present.

For a formatted, printable version of each issue that includes all stories, click on (PDF) link next to the date.

To view or print archived issues of Week in Review (predecessor to NAICU Washington Update), click on the link in the left column.  Note that for issues prior to April 2007, Week in Review stories were not posted individually on the website, and are only available through the complete issues archived as PDF files.

Issues from 2009-2015 listed below.  Click to jump to 20092010, 2011, 2012, 2013 or 2014 issues.


December 14, 2016 (PDF)

Congress Concludes the 114th with Continuing Resolution to Avoid Government Shutdown
2017 Congressional Leadership Takes Shape
Overtime Rule Implementation Still in Flux
Borrower Defense Regulations—Final Rule Issued
Department of Education Upholds ACICS Decision
New Guidance on Teacher Prep Regulations
2017 NAICU Annual Meeting to Focus on the November Elections and Implications for Private Colleges

October 19, 2016 (PDF)

Final Teacher Prep Regulations Maintain Flawed Construct  
Department Publishes Pell Tables Early to Accommodate October 1 FAFSA  
VA Postpones Publication of Institutional Graduation Rates for Veterans  
30 NAICU Schools Earn Significant Grants to Prepare Students for the Global Workplace  

October 3, 2016 (PDF)

Congress Avoids Government Shutdown  
Proposed Regulations on Form 1098-T Reporting Will Have Significant Impact on Colleges  
House Subcommittee Re-Examines Endowments and Student Aid  
Student Loan Default Rates Continue Drop  
NLRB Provides Expansive Ruling on Student Unionization  
Higher Education Community Offers Response to Proposed State Authorization of Distance Education Regulations  

August 19, 2016 (PDF)

Department of Education Seeks Comments on Distance Education State Authorization Regulations
Education Department Deluged by Comments on Borrower Defenses NPRM

More Federal Advice to Institutions on Implementing Prior-Prior Year and Institutional Financial Aid Awards

Plan for Constitution Day: Sept. 17

July 14, 2016 (PDF)

Lawmakers Head Home for Summer Recess 
House Appropriations Committee Increases Student Aid Funding, But No Year-Round Pell 
Borrower Defense Rulemaking May Hold Problems for NAICU Schools 
National Democrats Release Draft Party Platform; Clinton Announces Higher Education Proposals 
Corrections to Gainful Employment Completers List Due July 28 
Department of Education Releases New Clery Handbook 
Prior, Prior Year Continues to Pose Implementation Difficulties 

June 13, 2016 (PDF)

Senate Appropriations Committee Reinstates Year-Round Pell 
Borrower Defense Proposed Regulations Published 
Department of Education Releases Draft Gainful Employment Completers List 
IRS Responds to Concerns of Foreign Students Denied Tax Refunds 
White House Calls on Colleges to Provide a “Fair Chance” for All Students 
Website Accessibility Proposed Rulemaking Issued 

May 18, 2016 (PDF)

Final Rule More than Doubles Overtime Pay Exemption to $47,476  
Department of Education Issues Guidance on Differentiated Accreditation  
Veterans GI Tuition Benefits Increase  
Student Loan Interest Rates Fall to Lowest Levels in a Decade  
NAICU Submits Teacher Preparation-Distance Education Comments to Department of Education  
Obama Administration Issues Guidance Regarding Transgender Students  
Department of Education Seeks to Mitigate Barriers to Higher Education  
NLRB Rejects Faculty Union at Marywood University  
Department of Education Announces Dual Enrollment Pell Grant Recipients  
The National Campus Voter Registration Project Returns for 2016 Election  

April 11, 2016 (PDF)

Department of Education Revises Teacher Preparation Regulations 
Department of Education Seeks Public Comment on Accreditation Information Collection 
NLRB Rules that Independent College Must Negotiate With Union on Credit Hour Changes 

March 24, 2016 (PDF)

Final Overtime Rule Sent to OMB 
Senate Confirms King as Secretary of Education 
Borrower Defense Negotiated Rule-making Panel Fails to Reach Consensus 
Political Activity on Campus 
Proposals Sought for Research Grants on Small, Private Colleges 

March 4, 2016 (PDF)

Negotiated Rule-making Panel Continues Its Review of Borrower Defense Claims: NAICU Seeks Comments  
Acting Secretary of Education Testifies in House and Senate 
Subcommittee Addresses Political Activity on College Campuses  
Congress Launches Endowment Inquiry

February 11, 2016 (PDF)

Obama’s Final Student Aid Budget
Mixed Reviews on Tax Proposals in President’s Budget
Obama Administration Creates Student Aid Enforcement Unit
Additional Accreditation Reforms Offered by Education Department
Education Department Moves Forward on Student Complaint Database

January 29, 2016 (PDF)

Obama Outlines Higher Education Priorities 
Regulatory Efforts Underway to Expand Coverage for Borrower Defenses 
IRS Withdraws Unpopular Donation Substantiation Proposal 
Change in Form 1098-T Reporting in New Omnibus Law 
CHEA and National Accreditors File Motion in CFPB Case 
NLRB Decides on Unionization Case at Carroll College 
Department of Education Seeks Faculty with Foreign Language Experience 
Service Year Alliance Announces New Challenge 


December 21, 2015 (PDF)

Omnibus Tax and Spending Bill: Charitable IRA Rollover and AOTC Made Permanent; No Cuts to Student Aid
Perkins Loan Program Extended for Two Years
NAICU Joins in Amicus Brief Related to Unionizing Graduate Assistants
Congress Rewrites No Child Left Behind
Department of Education Unveils Plans for Accreditation Reform
NAICU Joins Nonprofit Community in Opposing IRS Proposed Gift Substantiation Rules
Gainful Employment Updates: Announcements 70 and 71
Analysis of Cash Management Regulations Completed
REPAYE Option Now Available 

November 3, 2015 (PDF)

Washington Agrees to Two-Year Budget Deal 
More than Half the U.S. Senate Calls for Reauthorization of Perkins Loan Program 
Regulations on Cash Management and New REPAYE Program Published By Department of Education 
Administration Making Some Pell Grants Available for Dual Enrollment 
Nearly 40 Higher Education Associations Submit Amicus Brief to Supreme Court in Fisher Case 
NLRB Reconsiders Ruling on Graduate Teaching Assistants 
Higher Education Act: Celebrating a Golden Anniversary 

October 9, 2015 (PDF)

Even with Widespread Support, Congress Fails to Reauthorize Perkins Loan Program  
Teacher Prep Regulations Will Not Be Issued by November 1  
No Shutdown . . . for Now  
House Ways and Means Subcommittee Debates College Costs, Tuition, Endowments  
Department of Education Provides Update on “College Scorecard” Data Questions  
Congressional Action Marks the End of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance  
Senate Homeland Security Committee Holds Hearing on Student Outcomes  
Joint Economic Committee Considers New College Financing Mechanism  
Student Loan Default Rates Continue to Drop  

September 17, 2015 (PDF)

HEA Reauthorization Timeline—Three Programs Set to Expire Absent Congressional Action
Obama Administration Unveils New “College Scorecard”
Department of Education Announces Switch to Use of Earlier Year Income Information
House Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault Covers Complexities of Issue

September 4, 2015  (PDF)

Higher Education Community Comments on Proposed New Rules on Overtime Pay
September 17 is Constitution Day
It’s Voter Registration Time in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi
Save the Date for the 2016 NAICU Annual Meeting 

August 6, 2015 (PDF)

FY 2016 Budget Outlook 
Senators and Experts Testify During Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault 
Specialized Accreditor in NACIQI Crosshairs 
Some Incarcerated Americans to be Eligible for Pell Grants Under Pilot Program 
Bipartisan Efforts on Capitol Hill to Save Perkins Loans 
Current Anti-Trust Exemption Continued 
Secretary Duncan Outlines Higher Education Policy Priorities 
Senate Hearing Focuses on Innovations in Course and Credit Delivery 

July 22, 2015 (PDF)

Department of Education Urges Institutions to Meet July 31 Gainful Employment Deadline 
NAICU Welcomes New Director for Finance and Administration 

July 7, 2015 (PDF)

Department of Education Will Not Develop Ratings System  
Senate Appropriators Cut Student Aid  
Administration Releases Long-Awaited Proposed Rule on Overtime Pay  
HEA Reauthorization Timeline - Update  
Court Okays Gainful Employment Regulations  
Congress Eases Enforcement of 1098-T Penalties  
Supreme Court to Hear Case on Race Use in Admissions  
IRS Announces Public Release of Electronically-Filed Form 990  
NAICU Supports Comments on Proposed Cash Management Regulations  
Senator Renews Effort to Protect Veterans  

June 23, 2015 (PDF)

Student Aid Funding Priority in House Bill 
State Authorization Regulations Set to Take Effect July 1 
Department of Education Makes Several Moves on Important Issues 
Department of Education Announces Debt Relief Plan for Corinthian College Students 
Department of Education Provides Resources to Help with Perkins Loan Wind-Down 

June 1, 2015 (PDF)

Should Colleges Have to Pay for Their Students’ Education Loan Defaults? 
Gainful Employment Rule Withstands Court Challenge 
Department of Education Issues Guidance on Ability to Benefit Aid Eligibility 
Cash Management Regulations Proposed 
Restoration of Pell Grants for Prisoners Gaining Momentum 

May 15, 2015 (PDF)

Feedback Sought on Department of Education’s Compliance Calendar 
State Authorization Provisions Expected to go into Effect on July 1, 2015 
NAICU Submits Comments on Alexander White Papers 
Updated Title IX Resource Guide Issued Reinforcing Institutional Roles and Responsibilities 
Congress Takes Next Step on the FY 2016 Budget 
House Holds Hearing on College Access and Completion for Low-Income Students 
Senate Holds Hearing on the Role of Consumer Information in College Choice 
REPAYE Neg-Reg Achieves Consensus 
Obama Administration Announces Second Round of “First in the World” Grants 
Scholarships to Mexico This Summer 

April 10, 2015 (PDF)

FY 2016 Budget: $150 Billion in Jeopardy; Next Step Conference 
White Papers Released by Senator Alexander Papers Provide Glimpse into HEA Reauthorization 
NAICU Submits Tax Reform Proposal To Senate Finance Committee 
Department of Education Hints at Creating Two College Ratings Systems 
House Hearing on “Strengthening America’s Higher Education System” 
Negotiated Rule-making Sessions Focus on Pay As You Earn 
Training Program offers Opportunities to Review and Assess Emergency Management Procedures 
Aspiring to the Presidency Leadership Program Set for June 24-26 at St Anselm College 
NAICU Welcomes Two New Staff Members in Government Relations and Research 

February 12, 2015 (PDF)

114th Congress Kicks into Gear  
Senate Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education Releases Its Report  
2015-16 Pell Grant Maximum is $55 less than expected  
Department of Education Releases Requirements for Final Perkins Loan Disbursements  
President’s FY 2016 Budget Maintains Student Aid Funding and Hints at HEA  
President Outlines Plans for Higher Education in State of the Union  
NAICU Submits Comments on Proposed Postsecondary Institutional Ratings System  
NAICU Submits Comments on Teacher Preparation Regulations  
House Ways and Means Committee Approves Permanent Charitable Tax Package; Bill Includes IRA Charitable Rollover  
Department Outlines the Impact Institutions will Face Due to Changes to PLUS  
Department Alerts Colleges of Reporting Requirements for Third-Party Servicers  
Call for Summary Judgment on Gainful Employment Suit  
Seen and Heard at the 2015 Annual Meeting  


December 17, 2014 (PDF)

Congress Adjourns; Lame Duck Session Addresses Several Areas of Importance  
Congress Approves One Year Extension of Expired Tax Benefits; IRA Charitable Rollover and Tuition Deduction Renewed for 2014 Only  
Proposed Teacher Preparation Regulations Tie Program Quality to Aid; Comments due Feb. 2, 2015  
White House Holds 2nd Summit on College Opportunity  
Distance Education Reciprocity Effort Continues to Move Forward  
Sexual Assault on Campus Continues to be a Priority  
Another Try at Gainful Employment Regulations  
NACIQI Reviews Agency Accreditation; Continues Reauthorization Discussion  
Department of Education Clarifies Aid Eligibility for Incarcerated Students  

October 29, 2014 (PDF)

Department of Education Issues Final Regulations Dealing with Campus Sexual Assault  
White House Schedules Second Summit on College Opportunity  
PLUS Loans Final Rule Published; More Borrowers Should Qualify  
Cohort Default Rates Dip  
Culture of Respect Seeks to Help Campuses Prevent Sexual Assault  
Save the Date for the 2015 NAICU Annual Meeting  

September 19, 2014 (PDF)

Congress Keeps Government Open

September 12, 2014 (PDF)

NAICU Provides Comments on Multiple Issues Related to HEA Reauthorization  
NAICU Testifies Before Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance  
Knight Commission Calls for Greater Focus on Health, Safety and Treatment of College Athletes  
Your Vote, Your Voice National Campus Voter Registration Project Returns for 2014  
September 17 is Constitution Day  
Save the Date for the 2015 NAICU Annual Meeting  

August 12, 2014 (web only)

Getting a PLUS Loan May Become Slightly Easier

August 5, 2014 (PDF)

Congress Goes Home for August Recess; Fall Calendar Likely to Include Higher Ed Activity  
Bipartisan “Campus Accountability And Safety Act” Introduced In The Senate  
House Cleans its Plate Prior to Recess  
Institutions Invited to Apply to Participate in Experimental Sites Initiative  

July 11, 2014 (PDF)

House Committee Unanimously Approves Three Higher Education Bills   
All Institutions Participating in the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Program Must Sign Another New Form; Deadline Extended To September 5  
Senator McCaskill Releases Findings of Campus Sexual Violence Survey  
NAICU Joins in an Amicus Brief in Northwestern Case Arguing that Athletes are Students and not Employees  
FY 2015 Student Aid Funding Stalled  
Net Neutrality Principles Endorsed  
William “Bro” Adams Confirmed as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities   
Tax-Filing Help for Pell Recipients   

June 27, 2014 (PDF)

House Ways and Means Committee Approves Permanent AOTC Bill
Higher Education Act Reauthorization Moves to the Next Phase 
Education Department Again Extends Effective Date of State Authorization Regulations 
NACIQI Takes a Fresh Look at Accreditation Recommendations 
Department of Education Issues Proposed Regulations Dealing with Campus Sexual Assault 
Focus on Campus Sexual Assault Issues Continues in Washington 
Senate Finance Looks at Student Debt and Tax Benefits 
Supreme Court Limits President’s Recess Appointment Authority 
Tax-Filing Help for Pell Recipients 

June 11, 2014 (PDF)

Senate Increases Student Aid Funding  
Student Loans Gain Prominence as HEA Reauthorization Looms and Election Day Draws Near  
Bi-partisan House Resolution Encourages President to Abandon his Plan to Rate Colleges  
McCaskill Holds Sexual Assault Roundtables  
Task Force Reviews and Analyzes Existing Regulatory Requirements  
Report Details Schools Crime and Student Safety Data  
Federal Appeals Court Rules in Hathi Trust Case  

June 2, 2014 (PDF)

Postsecondary Institutions Ratings System Release Pushed to Fall  
No Agreement on State Authorization and Debit Card Issues  
IRS Goes Back to the Drawing Board  
Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Competition Opens  

May 19, 2014 (PDF)

Sexual Assault on Campus Remains in the Spotlight  
Institutions Must Sign New Department of Defense MOU for Tuition Assistance Programs  
Are Scholarship Athletes Employees? NLRB Ruling Prompts House Hearing  
Student Loan Interest Rates to Rise in 2014  
Hearing Highlights Educational Hurdles Faced by Low-Income and Minority Students  
Veterans Realizing Success in Higher Education  
Once Again, No Reimbursement for Federal Perkins Loan Service Cancellations  
First in the World Grant Competition Opens  

April 11, 2014 (PDF)

Consensus Reached By Negotiated Rulemaking Panel on Campus Sexual Assault Regulatory Changes  
CAEP Issues New Teacher Preparation Standards as Congress Conducts HEA Hearings   
Education Department Proposes Expansive State Authorization Requirements For Distance Education Programs   
News and Notes from Negotiated Rulemaking   
Education Department Issues New Gainful Employment NPRM  
Update On Servicemember And Veteran Education  
House Going Through the Budget Motions  
Witnesses Offer Different Ideas for Managing Student Debt  
Deregulation Task Force Seeking Ideas  

March 7, 2014 (PDF)

President Sends Budget to Congress Kicking off FY 2015 Budgeting Process  
House Tax Reform Bill Would Eliminate Most Current Higher Ed Benefits  
New White House Task Force and Negotiated Rulemaking Group Focus on Campus Sexual Assault Policies  
Education Department Set to Enforce State Complaint Process Requirements  
Financial Responsibility Scores Made Public  
Congressional Outlook on FY 2015 Budget
Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Begins Work on Multiple Regulatory Fronts  
NAICU Comments on IRS Regulations  
Registration for SAM Initiative Continues  

February 18, 2014 (PDF)

Administration Continues Exploring Approaches For Rating Colleges  
IRS Provides Guidance on ACA Requirements for Adjunct Faculty/Student Employees  
Task Force On Government Regulation Of Higher Education Holds First Meeting  
NLRB Seeks Comments on Issues Relating to Unionization of College Faculty  
ADA regulations on 2008 amendments  
Department of Energy to Host Webinar on Campus Microgrids  
NAICU 2014 Annual Meeting in Review  
Seen and Heard at the 2014 NAICU Annual Meeting  

January 17, 2014 (PDF)

FY 2014 Final Budget Stops the Bleeding from Sequestration  
White House Summit on College Opportunity—A New Beginning?   
VAWA Negotiated Rulemaking Process Begins    


December 18, 2013 (PDF)

Bipartisan Budget Act Passes House; Poised for Passage in the Senate 
Spotlight on Accreditation 
After Additional Negotiating, No Consensus Reached on Gainful Employment  
Additional Oversight of Student Loans   
FAFSA to Reflect DOMA Ruling  
House Education and Workforce Committee Solicits Obamacare Stories  
Higher Education for Development Plans for Termination   
Update: NAICU Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day – Feb. 2-5  

November 26, 2013 (PDF)

Obama Administration Hears Concerns of NAICU Members on President’s Higher Education Plan   
Tax Reform Bill Would Significantly Change Education Benefits   
Federal Budget Update   
Complicated and Contentious, Gainful Employment Negotiated Rulemaking Panel Seeks Continuance   
Education Department Sets Broad-Ranging Negotiated Rulemaking Session for Early 2014   

October 7, 2013 (PDF)

Government Shuts Down, Debt Crisis Looms  
Clarification and Additional Information on 1098-T IRS Penalty Notices   
Private Colleges Maintain Lowest Student Loan Default Rates   
Department of Education Announces Negotiated Rulemaking Sessions on Campus Security   
Higher Education Community Comments on Revised Tuition Assistance MOU   
Obama Administration Continues Push to Enroll Students as Health Marketplaces Open    

September 20, 2013 (PDF)

Deadline Looms; Government Shutdown Possible    
Senate Kicks Off Formal Reauthorization Process    
Final SEC Municipal Advisor Rule Exempts College and University Board Members    
St. Leo President Arthur Kirk Testifies at House Hearing on Veterans Education    
Adrian President Docking Tells House Committee How Independent Colleges are Innovating     
Colleges Receiving IRS Penalty Notices in Random Compliance Check    
Department of Education Aims to Update Gainful Employment Regulations     
Save the Date: NAICU Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day – Feb. 2-5    

September 5, 2013 (PDF)

President Obama’s Higher Education Proposals Stir Much Debate 
Dept. Ed. Releases Additional Guidance on State Authorization Rules 
Dept. of Defense Soliciting Public Comments on Revised Tuition Assistance MOU 
Constitution Day: September 17 
Reminder: SAM Project Registration Continues
NAICU Co-sponsors Upcoming NACUA Compliance Symposium 

July 25, 2013 (PDF)

NAICU Submits HEA Recommendations to House Committee    
Senate Approves Bill Changing Student Loan Interest Rates    
Department Releases Financial Responsibility Scores    
House Committee Votes to Repeal State Authorization, Credit Hour, Gainful Employment Regs    
Concerns Continue about Plus Loan Eligibility    
Senate Approves Education Funding – with a Hint of Higher Ed Reform    

July 3, 2013 (PDF)

Subsidized Student Loan Interest Rate Jumps to 6.8 Percent … For Now  
Edgewood College President Testifies on GI Bill at Veterans’ Education Hearing   
Extension Requests Again Available for State Authorization Regs    
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Passes Senate; Fate in House Uncertain     
Dept. Ed. Rejects Efforts to Reform Financial Responsibility Standards    
Dept. Ed. Sets Separate Neg-reg Committee on Gainful Employment       
NCTQ Attacks Quality of College Teacher Prep Programs     
FEMA Launches New Private Sector Web Portal, Training, Strategic Involvement     
Administration Releases Guides for Emergency Operations Plans 

May 3, 2013 (PDF)

House Subcommittee Explores the Future Focus of Federal Student Aid   
NAICU Weighs in on House Tax Reform Efforts   
IRS Publishes Final College and University Audit Report, Hearing Set for May 8   
Washington Buzzing About Student Loans  
New Department Neg-reg Hearings to Include Regs Rejected by Courts   
Six NAICU Members Among Finalists for Climate Leadership Awards 

April 15, 2013 (PDF)

President’s Budget Proposes Market-Based Interest Rates on Student Loans 
Postsecondary Distance Education Final Report Released With Recommended Terms for Reciprocity Agreements 
Education Tax Benefits Examined at House Ways and Means Roundtable; Belmont University Among Participants  
An About-Face on Using Value-Added Scores for Evaluating Teachers?  

March 28, 2013 (PDF)

Court Rejects Attempt to Resurrect Gainful Employment Rules; Decision Relies Partly on Student Unit Records Ban
Government Shutdown Averted; TA Benefits Reinstated
House and Senate Lay Out Budget Plans for FY 2014
House Committee Considers Wide Range of Student Loan Issues

March 12, 2013 (PDF)

Sequestration Hits, First on the Student Aid Chopping Block are Programs for Military and Teachers...  
From Defining “Value” to New Accreditation Role for The Feds: Awaiting Details On President’s SOTU Proposals  
Does the White House “College Scorecard" Need Fine Tuning?  
Cantor Remarks Bolster Measuring Colleges’ Success Via Graduates’ Earnings  
Changes for Teacher Education Brewing in March and April   
HHS Issues Final Regs in Response to Concerns about Student Health Insurance Costs   
Colleges Must Rewrite Sexual Assault Policies And Procedures Under HEA Amendment  
Dept. Ed. Reminder: July 1 Is Final Deadline To Comply With State Authorization Regs  
Charitable Tax Incentives Discussed at House Hearing  
Gates Papers on Higher Education Act Rewrite Are Emerging; Comments Sought   

January 7, 2013 (PDF)

Fiscal Cliff Notes for Higher Education
GI Bill Updates


December 12, 2012 (PDF)

Countdown to the Fiscal Cliff
Institutions Must Update Gainful Employment Disclosures
Defense Dept. Issues Final MOU on Tuition Assistance Program
NAICU News: U-CAN Annual Update Period Now Open

October 16, 2012 (PDF)

Enrollment at Independent Institutions Grew in 2011, Bucking National Trend  
Private College Tuition Increases Slow to Lowest Rate in at Least Four Decades  
IRS Clarifies New ITIN Requirements for SEVIS Students  
Loan Default Rates, PLUS Loan Denials Both Rise    

September 26, 2012 (PDF)

College Data Identified as Key HEA Reauthorization Issue by House Committee  
Congress Has Left the Building  
Veteran Data Bills Advance Through Congress  
A Teacher Ed Bill That Starts to Make Sense  
Sequestration: Congress Deals with Buyer's Remorse  
Hearing Looks at Both Sides of Graduate Student Unionization  
HELP Hearing Offers HEA Reauthorization Preview  
New IRS Requirement Affecting International Students
Dept. Ed. Labor Day “Shopping Sheet” Reminder  
Financial Aid Briefs   
Dept. Ed. Looking for Promising College Completion Strategies  
Constitution Day Flexibility for Rosh Hashanah Now Official  

August 30, 2012 (PDF)

New FAFSA Verification Processes Hit a Snag  
U.S. Immigration Outlines New Deferred Action Process 
Your Vote, Your Voice: Campaign 2012 Update  
NAICU Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day - Plan Now to Attend  
HED Request for Applications - South Sudan Program  

August 6, 2012 (PDF)

No Shutdown Showdown This Year
Much Ado About Nothing: Congress Leaves Town Without Tax Extender Action 
Dept. Ed. Issues Additional Guidance on State Authorization 
Constitution Day and Rosh Hashanah
Presidential Search:  University of St. Thomas

July 27, 2012 (PDF)

Administration Promotes “Shopping Sheet” as Standardized Student Aid Award Letter

July 23, 2012 (PDF)

Sequestration, Tax Increases, and Shutdowns, Oh My   
Departments of Veterans Affairs, Education Continue Implementation of “Principles of Excellence”   
Congressional Committees Again Look at College Costs  
Gainful Employment Requirements, Post-Court Ruling  
Department Publishes Proposed Regulations on Loan Repayment 

July 5, 2012 (PDF)

VA Extends "Principles of Excellence" Deadline to August 1 
Congress Okays Lower Interest Rate for Subsidized Loans 
Court Rules Against Portion of Gainful Employment Rule  
“Your Vote, Your Voice” Returns for the 2012 Elections  
225th Anniversary of Our Nation’s Constitution  
Deadlines Approaching for HED Funding Opportunities 
Presidential Search: Illinois College 

June 22, 2012 (PDF)

Senate Education Funding Bill Supports Pell Max, Hints at HEA Reauthorization
VA Urged to Provide More Clarity in “Principles of Excellence” Request
AGB Renews Efforts on SEC Proposed Rules

June 12, 2012 (PDF)

VA Asks Colleges to Endorse "Principles of Excellence" 
Developments in Distance Education 
The Interest Rate Dance Begins in Earnest 
Administration Pursues Standardizing Student Aid Award Letters 

May 14, 2012 

Senate Fails to Consider Student Loan Interest Fix 
President Issues Executive Order on Higher Ed Service to Military  
Too Much (Bad) Information
Gainful Employment Complexity Grows with New Department Announcement  
Last Call for 2012-13 Yellow Ribbon Agreements  
HED Women's Leadership Grants  

April 9, 2012

Teacher Ed Negotiators Hit a Roadblock  
Yellow Ribbon Agreements Due by May 15  
Loan Neg-Reg Completes Spring Cleaning  
Bill Would Call for Additional Counseling on Private Loans  
Institutional Gainful Employment Rates to Be Released    
HED to Fund Partnerships on Women in Agriculture  

March 26, 2012

Revised Defense Department MOU Expected Soon 
Gainful Employment Reporting Deadline Announced  
Congress Challenges Administration's Higher Ed Proposals  
Durbin Pushes Bankruptcy Relief for Private Student Loans  
HHS Publishes Final Regulations for Student Health Insurance Plans  
Keep an Eye Open for Women's Education Grant Opportunities  

March 13, 2012 (PDF) 

House Supports Repeal of Credit Hour/State Authorization Regs  
Round Two of Teacher Neg Reg  
House Bill Would Make Sec. 127 Benefit Permanent 
NAICU to Participate in Higher Education Compliance Alliance  
International Student Recruitment Commission Meets in D.C.  

February 16, 2012 (PDF)

White House Seeking Comment on New "College Scorecard"  
President's Budget Increases Student Aid, Hints at HEA Reauthorization  
Davidson President Testifies Before Senate College Affordability Committee 
Powerful NAICU Advocacy Tool Available Online 
Tentative Payroll Tax Agreement Doesn't Include Extenders 
Teacher Prep a Big Focus of President's Budget 
Annual Meeting Presentations/Speeches Available on Website  

January 25, 2012 (PDF)

The State of Union Address: Uncertainty for Colleges   
Teacher Ed Reform: Can they do that?  
Payroll Tax Cut Extension Tops Congressional Agenda  
NAFSA Advises Importance of SEVIS Recertification  
Borrowers to Be Contacted on Loan Consolidation  
Student Loan Negotiated Rule-making: The Progress to Date  
Refining Gainful Employment  
Pell Grant 2012-13 Payment Schedule Released  
Upcoming International Grant Opportunity  


December 20, 2011 (PDF)

Payroll Tax Impasse Means No End in Sight for Congress  
College Affordability on Front Burner Once Again  
NCLB/ESEA Flop This Session  
Dept. Ed Issues Final FERPA Regulations  
NACIQI Update  
Education Department Staff to Shrink  
Admissions Counselors to Review Recruitment of Foreign Students  
International Grant Opportunities 

December 16, 2011 (PDF)

Department of Defense Delays MOU Deadline to March 30 
$5,550 Pell Maintained for Next Academic Year

November 22, 2011 (PDF)

Super Committee Declares Defeat and Goes Home  

November 7, 2011 (PDF)

Student Aid Alliance Still Saving Student Aid 
Senate Finance Hearing Draws Opposition to Charitable Deduction Cap 
GREAT amendment tweaked but not eliminated from ESEA 
Dept. of Defense Clarifies Tuition Assistance MOU, Delays Benefit Reductions 
Dept. Ed. Tries Carrot and Stick to Get States' Private College Data 
Some Relief for Some Borrowers: But Don't Call Us, We'll Call You 
Dept. Ed. Warns Colleges About "Straw Students" 
Direct Loan Program: Not That Bad 
Dept. Ed. Sets HEA Title II Negotiated Rulemaking 
Reminder: Gainful Employment Reporting Due November 15 
Department Offers New Options for Experimental Sites 
International Grant Opportunity 
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships: Applications Invited  

October 11, 2011 (PDF)

Teacher Preparation in the Spotlight 
Student Aid Funding Decisions Coming From all Directions  
Goucher College President Testifies on Deregulation  
Gainful Employment: Lots of Moving Parts 

September 23, 2011 (PDF)

Senate Appropriators Cut In-School Interest to Keep $5,550 Pell
Ed Dept. Continues to Expand its Data Collection Horizons
Ed Dept. Holds Meeting on Standardizing Aid Award Letters
Weak Economy Pushes Default Rates Higher
IRS Issues Final Guidance on Business-Use Cell Phones
Updated Guide to Campus Political "Do's" and "Don'ts" 

September 9, 2011 (PDF)

Congress is Back for More Budget Battles 
Identity Crisis? 
Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi Must Follow Student Voter Registration Rules This Year 
September 17 is Constitution Day 
Dept. of Ed. Offers New Info on Recent Regulations 

July 29, 2011 (PDF)

Deal or No Deal? - Pell Grants in the Budget Mix 
Post-9/11 GI Bill "Hold-harmless" Passed by Congress; Moves to President 
Concerned About For-Profits, Harkin Seeks Solutions 
Lots of Failing Grades in NCTQ Student Teaching Report 
Dept. Ed. Issues Guidance on Campus Emergencies 

July 13, 2011 (PDF)

Debt and Deficit: The Silence Behind All the Noise 
State Authorization of Distance Education Vacated by U.S. District Court 
Saint Leo President Testifies for NAICU at Post-9/11 GI Bill Hearing
Teacher Ed Bill Not That "GREAT" 
The Confusing Clarifications Continue
Senators Urge Repeal of State Authorization, Credit Hour Definition 
Painful Gainful Employment Hearing
NAICU Submits Statement of Support of the DREAM Act
Presidential Search: St. Mary's University, Texas

June 14, 2011 (PDF)

Department Seeking GEAR UP Applications 
Gainful Employment Final Rule Made Public 
NAICU Well-represented at Department Roundtables, Neg Reg Hearings 
Department Pilot Program to Explore Ways to Limit Borrowing 
House Bill Would Repeal State Authorization, Credit Hour Definition Provisions 
Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Announces Grant Opportunity 
Debt of Proprietary School Students Concerns Sen. Harkin 
IRS Looking at College and University Retirement Plans 
NAICU Submits Comments on Proposed FERPA Regulations 
House Unanimously Approves Post-9/11 GI Bill "Hold-harmless" Legislation 

May 17, 2011 (PDF)

Perkins Scare 
Department Offers Gainful Employment Webinars May 25, 26 
Appropriations Update 
House Committee Approves Post-9/11 GI Bill "Hold-harmless" Legislation 
FIPSE Cancels FY 2011 Comprehensive Program Competition 

May 2, 2011

Gainful Employment Reporting Requirements Detailed 
New Department of Ed Guidance on Sexual Harassment 
Student Aid Funding - Where It Stands, Where It's Headed 
Oh, No - Not Again! 
More from ED on Distance Ed State Authorization; NAICU Offers Compliance Help 

April 11, 2011 (PDF)

ED Proposes Regs to Reduce FERPA Privacy Protections 

March 23, 2011 (PDF)

Department Releases Guidance on State Authorization, Credit Hour, Other Areas 
Huntington University President Testifies at Hearing on State Authorization and Credit-hour Regs 
Accreditation at Center of Harkin For-profit Hearing 
Tough Calls on Pell Explored in Two House Subcommittee Hearings  
Student Aid Alliance Gears Up  

March 4, 2011 (PDF)

Two-Week Continuing Resolution Kills LEAP 
St. John's, Annapolis, President Testifies at House Committee Hearing on Regulatory Burden 
Higher Ed, Accreditation Communities Urge Rescission of New State Authorization Regs 
NAICU Joins Community Comments to the SEC on "Municipal Advisor" Proposals 
Perkins Loan Program Good Until 2015 
NAICU Annual Meeting Speaker Cited as Highest Ranking Female Staffer in Congress 
Submissions Being Accepted for Professors of the Year Awards 

February 19, 2011 (PDF)

House Sends Drastic Student Aid Cuts to Senate
President's FY 2012 Budget Plan Prioritizes Student Aid
Higher Ed, Accreditation Communities Urge Recission of Federal Credit Hour Definition 
NAICU Making Student Aid Data Sheets Available

February 11, 2011 (PDF)

Let the Budget Cutting Begin 
Program Integrity Regulations Continue to Raise Questions, Concerns 
Taking a First Look at the New Key Committees 
NAICU Launches Two Task Forces 
NACIQI Begins Special Accreditation Review 
Three-Year Student Loan Defaults Are Double Two-Year Rates 
Red Flag Rule Exemption Unlikely to Include Most Colleges
HHS Announces Proposed Regulations for Student Health Plans
SEC Proposes New Requirements for Municipal Advisors 
Presidential Search:  Hampshire College, Massachusetts
Presidential Search:  Pine Manor College, Massachusetts


December 22, 2010 (PDF)

Congress Passes Tax Bill
Congress Kills Earmarks, Puts Student Aid Funding on a Rollercoaster
Post-9/11 GI Bill Update
DREAM Act Fails Despite Numerous Attempts
Final Program Integrity Regulations Published: Many Changes Ahead
Reminder: Red Flag Implementation Deadline Dec. 31
New NACIQI Holds Its First Meeting
The 2011 NAICU Annual Meeting:   Reduced Hotel Rates Ending Soon!
February Deadlines for Boren Fellowships/Scholarships
Presidential Search:  Earlham College, Indiana
Presidential Search:  Nichols College, Massachusetts
Presidential Search:  Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana

October 4, 2010 (PDF)

Congress Goes Home in Hopes of Coming Back
Hearing on For-Profit Schools Gets Partisan
Senate Fails to Move on DREAM Act
Associations Seek Clarity on Student Health Plans
Perkins Debate Poses Tough Choices, NAICU Member Views Sought
NAICU, CIC Unveil Building Blocks to 2020 Website
Republicans Release "Pledge to America"

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

September 17, 2010

DREAM Act Scheduled for Controversial Vote
House Subcommittee Examines Implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill
NAICU Weighs in on Proposed Regs to Curb For-Profit Abuses
Student Loan Default Rates: On the Up and Up 

September 9, 2010 (PDF)

Publication of Financial Responsibility Scores Creates Unfair Fiscal Picture
Proposed Rules on Gainful Employment Continue to Roil the Waters
VA Publishes State Maximum Tuition and Fee Numbers for 2010-11
Troubling Maintenance-of-Effort Requirement in Education Jobs Bill
2010 Tax Extender Bill Possible During Lame Duck Session
Administration Announces Revisions in Export Controls
September 17 is Constitution Day
GAO Report on IPEDS Reporting Burden Leads to Department of Ed Proposal for Comment
IRS Partners With Local Organizations to Offer Free Tax Help
Blue Campaign to Combat Human Trafficking
Your Vote Your Voice and National Voter Registration Month

August 6, 2010 (PDF)

Congress Heads Out of Town, Leaving Loose Ends
Turning the Rock Over: Congress Takes a Hard Look at For-profits
GI Bill Updates
Fraud and Abuse Issues:  Next Phase of Regulatory Process Begins 
"Gainful Employment," Part 2

July 9, 2010

Action Needed for Private Colleges on House-passed Supplemental
NAICU Seeks Member Comment on Proposed Regulations
Congressional Committees Focus on Program Integrity
NAICU Revamps IRC Sec. 127 Coalition
VA Announces Initial List of 2010-11 Yellow Ribbon Participants, Extends Deadline
Chief Privacy Officer Position Created at Dept. of Ed
New Survey on Academic Development and Remediation
Dept. of Ed Issues RFP for "Teachers for a Competitive Tomorrow" Program 

June 3, 2010 (PDF)

House Passes 2009 Tax Extenders
Pell Shortfall Addressed in Draft House Supplemental
Building Blocks to 2020: Private Colleges Answer the Call
Final NACIQI Appointments Made
Post-9/11 GI Bill Improvements Process Begins
Common Core State Standards in English and Math Released
FTC's Red Flag Rule Deadline Extended Again
New Round of ED Student Data System Grants Announced
NAICU Announces Projected Direct Lobbying Costs for 2010-11 Membership Cycle
Presidential Search:  Cornell College, Iowa

May 12, 2010 (PDF)

CHEA Calls for Additional Disclosure of Accreditation Findings
Congress starts thinking about ESEA reauthorization
CBO Releases College and University Tax Arbitrage Report
Drumbeat Continues for Comprehensive Student Data Systems

April 26, 2010 (PDF)

Student Aid Not Protected in Senate Education Jobs Bill
Higher Ed Tax Relief Bill Introduced in House
Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Holds Oversight Hearing on Post-9/11 GI Bill
NACIQI to Meet in September

March 31, 2010

The Student Loan Reform Bill: A Perspective
The Path to Federal Student Aid Reform
Converting to Direct Loans-Getting Started
Associations Launch Web Site to Help Colleges Go Global
FIPSE Requests U.S.-Russia Partnership Proposals
EducationUSA to Offer First International Admission Forum

March 9, 2010

Pell in Crisis: Could the Hybrid Run Out of Gas?
Early CBO Estimate Highlights Pell Costs Going Up
Ways and Means Leadership Change Looks Positive for Higher Ed
Sec. Duncan Addresses Civil Rights Challenges
NAICU Continues to Assist Members in Direct Loan Conversion
Department of State Looking for Undergraduate Student Abroad Proposals
EPA Offers Free Training on Academic Labs Rule for Hazardous Waste
Federal Grants Available to Recruit College Poll Workers
CASE, Carnegie Foundation Seeks Professor of the Year Nominations 

February 10, 2010 (PDF)

Negotiated Rulemaking Ends with No Formal Agreement
Obama's FY 2011 Budget Treats Student Aid Kindly
Student Aid Reconciliation Stalled by Health Care? It's Complicated.
Debt Ceiling Increases
House, Senate Look to Extend Expiring Tax Provisions
New Officers, Members Named to NAICU Board
Jobs Bill Action Moves to the Senate
New Net Price Calculator Resource Available
ESEA Reauthorization Underway
Green-building Fellowships Available for Under-resourced Colleges 

January 8, 2010

A Slimmer, Spiffier Look for FAFSA
U-CAN Profiles Go Live with Updated 2009-10 Data
NAICU Annual Meeting, Jan 31- Feb. 4 Limited Conference-rate Rooms Left
NEH Challenge Grants in U.S. History and Culture
Peace Corps Seeks Participants in Master's Program
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Seeks Award Nominees 


December 18, 2009 (PDF)

Congress Sends Higher Ed Funding Increases to President
Outlook Brightens for Expiring Higher Education Tax Provisions
NAICU Board More Cautious on Student Aid Bill
Implications of House Financial Regulation Bill for Colleges
Program Integrity Neg-reg Panel Addresses Thorny Issues
Civil Rights Commission to Look at Gender in Admissions
First Glimpse of Three-year Default Rate Isn't Pretty
NAICU Continues to Gather Student Access, Success Efforts
NAICU Annual Meeting, Jan. 31-Feb. 4 - Room Block Expires Soon 

November 10, 2009 (PDF)

Senate Rule Precludes Private College Protection in Student Aid Bill
Education Department Issues Final HEOA Regulations
Duncan's Efforts to Help Colleges Prepare for Direct Lending Come Under Scrutiny
Fordham Study Shows Lax Privacy Protection in K-12 Student Records
Education Department Releases Model Net Price Calculator; Two-Year Countdown for Campus Participation Begins
NPEC Issues Guide to HEOA Disclosure Requirements
Negotiating Panel Undertakes Program Integrity
Hazy Outlook on Student Health Coverage as Congress Moves on Health Care Reform
Misguided Student Voter Act Amendment Dropped  

October 8, 2009 (PDF)

Reporting Deadline for Stimulus Funds Gets Confusing
Hurry Up and Wait Again for Higher Education Legislation
Non-profit Reforms, Charitable Limitation Dropper from Final Finance Committee Health Reform Bill
Higher Ed Groups Press IRS for Clarification on Endowment Investments Presidential
Search: University of Evansville, Indiana

September 28, 2009 (PDF)

President's Student Aid Proposal Includes Special Recognition for Private Colleges
Loan Default Rates Rise after 15-year Decline

September 2, 2009 (PDF)

President's Student Aid Proposal Gets Complicated
Department Publishes General Higher Ed Regs for Comment
Coming Soon: Voter Registration Deadlines in Stats with Gubernatorial/Special Elections

August 11, 2009 (PDF)

The Regs of Summer

July 23,2009 (PDF)

House Student Aid Bill Full of Surprises

June 29, 2009 (PDF)

Nearly 65% of NAICU Members Enlist in Yellow Ribbon Program
FAFSA Simplification Efforts Begin This Summer
Technical HEA Amendments Fix More Than Commas
Department Seeks Persistence/Graduation Ideas, Looks Ahead to New Neg-reg Round
Department of Education Initiates Search for Members of the "New NACIQI"
Private College Tuition Rises at Lowest Rate in 37 Years 

June 1, 2009 (PDF)

New Law Imposes Special Credit Card Restrictions on College Students
California's $0 for Veterans Raises New Questions on Capitol Hill
Important NAICU Member Survey on Economic Impact
HEA Redux Begins
Neg-reg Sessions Conclude
FICA Tax on Student Workers Could be Used to Finance Health Care Reform

May 11, 2009 (PDF)

Final Obama Budget Calls for Continuing SEOG, LEAP
What's New on the GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program
Grassley Expected to Leave Senate Finance in 2011
NAICU News: Sign Up for Targeted Electronic Communications

May 4, 2009 (PDF)

Congress Adopts Reconciliation for Student Aid
GI Bill Updates
Neg Reg Finishes Second of Three Rounds
New Jersey and Virginia Head to the Polls in November

New Data Released on Education/Earnings Relationship

April 9, 2009 (PDF)

VA Releases Yellow Ribbon Participation Form with May 15 Deadline
NAICU Survey Points Toward Lowest Tuition Increase in at Least 37 Years 
Department of Education Announcements 
HED Funding Opportunity:  Workforce Development in Algeria
Opinion Pieces Raise Questions about Affordability, Access, and Student Privacy 

April 1, 2009 (PDF

GI Bill/Yellow Ribbon Final Regulations
Serve America Bill Awaits President's Signature
Administration Makes Two Key Department of Education Appointments

March 30, 2009 (PDF)

Senate Adopts "Kennedy" Serve America Act
Tweaking the HEA in Light of the Economy
Federal Reserve Announces Rule-making on Student Loan Sunshine Provisions

March 27, 2009 (PDF

House and Senate Budgets Nod Toward Obama's Student Aid Plan

March 18, 2009 (PDF)

Analysis:  Obama’s Student Aid Budget Plan – Policy Meets Process and Politics
Pell Grant Funding Secured for FY 2009 
FIPSE Seeks Proposal Reviewers for FY 2009 Grant Competitions
‘Green Building’ Opportunities for Financially Challenged Colleges and Universities 

March 9, 2009

Updating National Service Top Priority for Congress and Administration
Obama Budget Proposes Limiting Charitable Deduction
Obscure Stimulus Tax Provision Could Help Small Colleges
"Neg Reg" Teams Finish Round One 

March 2, 2009 (PDF

. . . And You Thought Reauthorization Was Over . . .
VA Officials to Congress:  We'll Be Up and Running by August 1

February 23, 2009 (PDF

Inside the Stimulus Bill
What's New with the Post-9/11 GI Bill
HEA Negotiated Rulemaking Meetings Underway 

January 16, 2009 (PDF) 

Student Aid Big Winner in House Stimulus Package
Secretary of Education-designate Arne Duncan
111th Congress Gets Early Start on Labor Legislation
Department Acts on Higher Education Opportunity Act
V.A. Moving Forward on GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program
NAICU Survey Explores Economic Challenges
Liquidity for Student Loans Extended

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