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Department of Education Looks to APIs to Increase Access to Student Aid, Higher Education Data
April 28, 2014

On April 16, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) published a request for information (RFI) in the Federal Register asking for input on the use of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) for h…

ED OIG Drops Tech Fixes for Identity Verification in Latest Report
March 21, 2014

Summary: In its latest report on financial aid fraud in distance education, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) dropped previously proposed technology-…

ED and Higher Education Associations Look to Address Distance Education Regulations
March 20, 2014

On February 19, a 15-person negotiated rulemaking panel appointed by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) met to begin discussing a variety of issues concerning federal student aid regulations, …

NACUBO Overview of Sequestration Implications
September 26, 2012

The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) has provided a concise overview of the implications for federal student aid and research programs if the pending …

More financial aid fraud rings targeting online learning busted
September 19, 2012

As reported in Inside Higher Ed , the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California announced yes…

What Might the For-Profit Sector's Problems Mean for All of Higher Ed?
August 3, 2012

Earlier this week, the chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Tom Harkin, held a press conference to announce the release of the committee’s report…

What "going over the fiscal cliff" might mean to higher education
July 27, 2012

When funding for colleges and universities drops, campus IT budgets often take a hit as well. In the current context, any reductions in federal funds for higher education would come on top of cut…

ED to Release Model Financial Aid Award Letter Tomorrow, Systems Implications Not Yet Resolved
July 23, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education held a conference call this afternoon to announce that it will release its model financial aid award letter (i.e., the financial aid "shopping sheet") t…

The "Why" of the Senate Bill Affecting Pell Grants for Online Learners
July 13, 2012

In my comments pointing to Russ Poulin's blog on a Senate Appropriations bill provision that would eliminate living and personal expenses from the Pell Grant need calculation for ful…

Sen. Bill Would Cut Living Expenses from Pell Grants for Online Learning Students
July 12, 2012

In a blog entry yesterday, WCET's Russ Poulin highlighted that the FY 2013 Senate appropriations bill covering federal education spending included a troubling provision that would exclud…