New Cases and Developments

NACUA's Legal Resources staff summarizes current higher education cases and developments and provides the full text of selected cases to members. New cases and developments are archived here for up to 12 months.  Cases provided by Fastcase, Inc.

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Higher Education Opportunity Act; Authorizations & Regulations

NACUBO Overview of HEA Reauthorization Bill Heading to House Floor in New Year (Jan. 4, 2018)

Overview prepared by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) detailing key provisions of the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, which would reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The overview discusses how the federal government’s role in postsecondary education will be reorganized under the PROSPER Act, specifically as it pertains to loans, grants, federal work-study, cash management, the return of Title IV funds, loan repayment rates, and the financial responsibility of institutions participating in Title IV programs. The PROSPER Act was approved by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on Dec. 12, 2017 and a full vote by the House is expected early this year. 

Accreditation; Higher Education Opportunity Act; Authorizations & Regulations

Notice Soliciting Comments on Recognizing Accrediting Agencies (July 24, 2017)

Notice issued by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education soliciting third-party comments on the performance of accrediting agencies undergoing review and evaluation. The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) will be reviewing and evaluating the accrediting agencies listed in the Notice for renewal of recognition and compliance with relevant regulations. Written comments concerning the recognition of a specific accrediting agency must be received by August 13, 2017.

Higher Education Opportunity Act; Program Integrity & Gainful Employment; Authorizations & Regulations

2017 Federal Student Aid Program Review Guide for Institutions (June 2, 2017)

Latest edition of the Program Review Guide for Institutions was published by the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA). The Guide contains information on the U.S. Department of Education’s guidelines for Department personnel who review the programs of institutions that receive Title IV funding. It also provides institutions with an overview of the program review process and guidance in preparing for, participating in, and following up on program review.  

Higher Education Opportunity Act; Financial Aid

Service member Higher Education Protection Act (Dec. 15, 2015)

Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) titled the "Service member Higher Education Act" to provide increased access and protection for members of the armed forces in Higher Education. The Act includes provisions altering the current Higher Education Act of 1965 to improve loan deferment for borrowers on military leave, provide for improved disability determinations, and allow for public service loan forgiveness.