New Report: After the FAFSA
We released a new report today, After the FAFSA: How Red Tape Can Prevent Eligible Students from Receiving Aid. It examines how the complicated process after students submit the FAFSA can keep them from getting grants they would otherwise qualify for, and recommends improvements at the federal and campus levels. The report also notes that the U.S. Department of Education's pending draft regulations, which are intended to streamline the federal aid "verification" process, could actually increase paperwork burdens on some of the neediest students and the colleges that serve them.
New Dept. of Education Proposal on Career Education Rip-Offs
Last week the U.S. Department of Education proposed a much-needed definition of "gainful employment" to hold colleges accountable for career education programs that over-promise and under-deliver. Hundreds of you sent letters urging the Department to issue the rules in time for them to take effect next year, and the Department did -- thank you for keeping the pressure on!
The proposed definition of gainful employment is a step in the right direction, but it needs to be strengthened to more fully protect students and taxpayers from programs that routinely leave students deep in debt they cannot repay.
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NASFAA Honors Lauren Asher
Last week at their national conference in Denver, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators awarded TICAS President Lauren Asher with the 2010 Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award, for "published work which exemplifies the highest quality of research methodology, analysis, or topical writing on the subject of student financial aid or its administration." Lauren and TICAS are humbled to receive this honor, and to share it with Alisa Cunningham, Vice President of Research and Programs at the Institute for Higher Education Policy.