PROSPER Act: The House Higher Education Act Reauthorization Bill
Representative Virginia Foxx, Chair of the House Committee on Education and Workforce (Ed and Workforce), introduced a comprehensive revision to the Higher Education Act on December 1, 2017: the “Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform Act” (PROSPER Act). Though the Ed and Workforce Committee, and its Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee, held a number of hearings and passed several smaller pieces of legislation in previous Congressional sessions, the PROSPER Act represents a wide-ranging re-write of the legislation governing higher education including many provisions that will directly affect student affairs and student success. At nearly 600 pages, it is impossible to summarize all aspects of the legislation, though this post by NASPA Director of Policy Research and Advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds will highlight many of those most likely to be of interest to student affairs professionals, review the unconventionally fast process by which the bill was referred to the full House floor, and provide an expected timeline for a companion bill in the Senate.
Policy Updates for the Week of December 4, 2017
This post provides relevant higher education policy updates at the state and federal levels between December 4, 2017 and December 11, 2017.
Borrower Protections: Update from November Borrower Defense Committee Meeting
On November 12, 2017 Tina Carr and Yvette Colon filed a lawsuit against Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the loan servicer Navient seeking forgiveness for student loans after finding no other available process. The lawsuit was filed a day before the start of negotiated rulemaking by the borrower-defense committee. Carr and Colon represent just two of nearly 90,000 claims to loan forgiveness that have yet to be addressed by the Trump administration. Because the borrower defense to repayment rule implemented by the Obama administration has been stalled by Secretary of Education DeVos, borrowers have been left in limbo with no viable options for protections from lenders holding loans students incurred to attend institutions which closed suddenly. The fate and future of the borrower defense to repayment rule is still unknown and, as will be discussed in this post by NASPA Policy Analyst Diana Ali, a resolution for these borrowers is likely still a long way off.
Policy Updates for the Week of November 28, 2017
This post provides relevant higher education policy updates at the state and federal levels between November 28, 2017 and December 04, 2017.
Join the Movement: Battling Student Food and Housing Insecurity
Food and housing insecurity is something that can affect students at every institution. The pervasive reality of food and housing insecurity goes well beyond students having to eat ramen noodles or “couch surf” to save money. Research has shown that many college students are in positions where they are unable to meet their daily basic needs. Director of Strategic Initiatives at NASPA, Omari Burnside, describes the issue of housing insecurity on campus and how student affairs professionals can better support students.