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Supreme Court Takes on College Athlete Pay

(Excerpts from Inside Higher Ed News) The Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments about whether National Collegiate Athletic Association rules that cap the amount of financial aid athletes receive from colleges violate federal antitrust law, the court announced Wednesday. The decision by the Supreme Court to…

Ed Dept’s foreign gift reporting rules conflict with federal law

(Excerpts from Inside Higher Ed News) More than two dozen higher education groups are arguing that federal law does not allow the U.S. Department of Education to revoke federal financial aid for colleges that fail to adequately report their financial ties to foreign entities, as the agency recently threatened.

Federal Guidance on Foreign Students Remains Same for Spring

(Excerpts from Inside Higher Ed News) Federal guidance for enrolling international students in programs operating in hybrid or online modes due to the pandemic remains the same for the spring term, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program said Tuesday. “Nonimmigrant students should…

Education Department Extends Student Loan Payment Freeze Through January

(Excerpts from NPR News) Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Friday that pandemic relief for about 41 million federal student loan borrowers will continue until Jan. 31. “The coronavirus pandemic has presented challenges for many students and borrowers, and this temporary pause in payments will help those who have been…

Rescission and Replacement of 2016 Clery Act Handbook

(Excerpts from NACCOP News Release) This afternoon, the Department of Education released an Electronic Announcement detailing the rescission of the 2016 Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting and replacing it with a new Appendix to the Federal Student Aid Handbook (“FSA Handbook”). The rescission follows…

How the Administration’s H-1B visa changes could affect colleges

(Excerpts from an Education Dive Article) The U.S. issues up to 85,000 H-1B visas annually; there is no limit on how many can be offered in the higher education field. The new rules, which the departments published in the Federal Register on Thursday, make several changes that could…

New Distance Learning Regulations to Spur High-Quality Distance and Competency-Based Programs, Better Serve Diverse Population of Higher Education Students

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued final rules today that govern distance learning in higher education and promote educational innovation to better serve the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students. While work on the Distance Learning and Innovation regulation started more than a year ago, the COVID-19 national…

The Department of Education Extends Annual Security Report Deadline to December 31

The deadline for the Annual Security Reports (ASRs) and Annual Fire Safety Reports (AFSRs) normally distributed by October 1, have been extended to December 31, 2020 due to the significant challenges higher education institutions are facing with Covid-19. The Department of Education is still encouraging universities to distribute…