The Federal Regulatory Committee supports APSCU in the oversight and engagement of the association and the sector on federal regulatory issues affecting private sector institutions and the students they serve. The committee also provides training and education to APSCU members to help them maintain regulatory compliance.
News and Updates
On September 19, the U.S. Department of Education announced in the Federal Register the intent to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee to prepare proposed regulations to address changes that the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 made to reporting requirements regarding campus safety and security in the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act (Clery Act).
The announcement solicits nominations for the negotiating committee and are due within 30 days of official publication. The constituencies to be represented include students; legal assistance organizations; consumer advocacy organizations; state higher education executive officers; state attorneys general and other appropriate state officials; institutions of higher education, with seats for minority-serving institutions, two-year and four-year public institutions, private nonprofit institutions, and for-profit institutions; institutional campus public safety officials; institutional student affairs divisions; institutional campus public safety officials; institutional centers for women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals; institutional attorneys; Indian tribal governments; and campus safety advocates.
The negotiating committee will meet in three sessions:
The negotiators will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K St. N.W., Washington, D.C. All meetings are open to the public.
The College Affordability and Transparency Center has been updated with publicly available lists that provide information about tuition and net prices at postsecondary institutions. The lists also show institutions where tuition and fees and net prices are increasing at the highest rates.
Dear Colleague Letter: Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students
The Department of Education recently released guidance that states' colleges must support and accommodate pregnant and parenting students under federal antidiscrimination law. The department prepared a pamphlet to help secondary school administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, and students in this important work. Although this pamphlet focuses on secondary schools, the legal principles apply to all recipients of federal financial assistance, including postsecondary institutions. It clarifies requirements concerning pregnant and parenting students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which bars sex discrimination at institutions that receive federal funds. The pamphlet also includes information on strategies that educators may use and programs schools can develop to address the educational needs of students who become pregnant or have children. The Dear Colleague Letter is available for your review.
Department of Education Loan Counseling Tools
The Department of Education has released two new tools to help students manage their loans: a Complete Counseling Web page and a new Repayment Estimator that lets borrowers compare what their monthly payment amounts would likely be across all seven repayment plan options.
The loan tools, available on www.studentloans.gov, are part of the Obama Administration's ongoing effort to make college costs more transparent and help students make informed decisions at every step of the process. The website is a student-centered "one-stop shop" for information on the federal aid programs. It includes direct loan entrance and exit counseling, information on the impact of sequestration on student aid programs, changes to the student loan programs, and tools to help students manage and repay their federal student loans. The department's press release on the new tools can be found here.