Halt and Make Edits: Assessing the Second Work Period of Negotiated Rulemaking

November 9, 2021

Last week, negotiators serving on the Department of Education’s (ED) negotiated rulemaking Affordability and Student Loans Committee convened for the second of three week-long work periods. (See our analysis of the first work period here.) Committee members considered new and revised proposals from ED addressing a broad array of issues including the borrower defense...


We Can’t Build Back Better Without Restoring the Promise of Higher Education

October 14, 2021

The Build Back Better Act includes three core higher education reforms: a new federal-state partnership to fund tuition-free community college; a boost to the maximum Pell Grant; and a landmark fund to support evidence-based student success initiatives. Together, these will go a long way toward restoring the promise of higher education and addressing the root causes of rising..


Searching for Common Ground: Week One of Negotiated Rulemaking

October 13, 2021

Last Monday, negotiators for this fall’s Affordability and Student Loans Committee began their work on the first of two anticipated negotiated rulemakings (“neg reg”), a process through which the Department of Education (ED) works with a group of external stakeholders to try and find consensus on proposed higher education regulations—ideally to shorten the rulemaking...