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Presented by Tom Netting (Akerman Senterfitt), Brian Newman (APSCU), and Karen Allanson (Pearson Learning Solutions)

Presented by Tom Netting (Akerman Senterfitt), Brian Newman (APSCU), and Karen Allanson (Pearson Learning Solutions)

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Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update Presentation Transcript

  • Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update Pearson Learning Summit – Spring 2012 The Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes Friday, April 27th 8:30 AMFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Federal Legislative andRegulatory UpdateBrian Newman, APSCUBrian.Newman@apscu.orgTom E. Netting, Akerman SenterfittTom.Netting@akerman.comKaren Allanson, Pearson Learning SolutionsKaren.Allanson@Pearson.com
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  • POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT THE RACES: 2012 - 2014 OFFICE 2012 2013/2014 33 33 U.S. Senate 23 Dem, 10 20 Dem, 13 GOP GOP 38 11 Governors 24 GOP, 13 8 Dem, 3 GOP Dem, 1 Ind 31 Attorneys 10 17 GOP, 14 General 6 Dem, 4 GOP DemFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • 2012 U.S. SENATE RACES Toss Up Races Massachusetts Missouri Montana Nevada New Mexico N. Dakota Virginia WisconsinFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Student Loan Neg Reg• 25 issues 2 of particular interest to PSCUs• Very technical in nature  Create stand-alone Direct Lending regulations; phase out FFEL rules no longer needed• 2 NPRMs  IBR, ICR, TPD – final rule by November 1, 2012; effective July 1, 2013  Everything else – Final rule by late January, 2013; effective July 1, 2014Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Closed School Loan Discharges• Extends the period of time the student may apply for a closed school discharge from 90 days to 120 days• Adds examples of exceptional circumstances under which the Secretary may extend the 120 day time periodFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • 270 Day Delinquency Forbearances• Loans are technically in default• Loan holders or the Secretary may, if the delinquency claim has not been paid, grant forbearance to the borrower for up to 120 days to allow the borrower to enter into a rehab planFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Protecting Financial Aid for Studentsand Taxpayers Act (S. 2296/H.R. 4390) • Senators Kay Hagan (NC) and Tom Harkin (IA) • Representative Raul Grijalva (AZ) • The legislation would specifically prohibit an institution of higher education or other postsecondary institution from using “revenues derived from Federal educational assistance funds for recruiting or marketing activities.” • APSCU CEO Gunderson: “While the bill introduced by Senators Hagan and Harkin applies to all sectors of higher education, it is clearly another attempt by some policy makers to try and put private sector colleges and universities out of business.”Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Protecting Our Students and Taxpayers ActPOST Act (S. 2032) • Senator Richard Durbin (IL) • Establishes an 85/15 metric in the definition of a higher education institution (Section 102 of the HEA) and requires all “federal funds” (including Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, DOD Tuition Assistance, and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding) to be counted in the 85 percent portion of the calculation. • Strips schools of Title IV funding eligibility after only one year of non-compliance with the 85/15 Rule.Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Senate Military & Veterans Education Legislation  S. 2116 – Military and Veterans Education Protection Act • Senator Tom Carper (DE)  S. 2179 – The Military and Veterans Educational Reform Act • Senator James Webb (VA) • GOP Co-sponsor: Scott Brown (MA)  S. 2241 – GI Bill Consumer Awareness Act • Senator Patty Murray (WA)  S. 2206 – GI Educational Freedom Act • Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ) • GOP Co-sponsors: Scott Brown (MA) and Marco Rubio (FL)Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Improving Transparency of EducationOpportunities for Veterans Act (H.R. 4057) • Rep. Gus Bilirakis Key components: • Tracking Complaints and Enhanced Counseling • Bill was the result of a dialogue with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) that result in a coalition letter to Capitol Hill and the White House. • Steve Gunderson testified in support of the bill on March 8th.Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • STATE AUTHORIZATION/CLOCK HOURS. 1297 (Burr/Nelson) and H.R. 2117 (Foxx)• Repeals new Department of Education regulations determining whether a school is eligible to participate in programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) by (1) requiring institutions of higher education and postsecondary vocational institutions (except religious schools) to be legally authorized by the state in which they are situated, (2) delineating what such legal authorization requires of states and schools, and (3) defining "credit hour."Status:• House of Representative approved H.R. 2117 on 2/28.• Vote: 303-114 (69 Democratic Ayes)Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • CLOCK HOUR ISSUE• OPE staff are considering an interpretation that if a state has any requirement that an institution provide any information to it relating to the number of clock hours in a program, even if solely to confirm that the program includes sufficient hours to comply with the state’s clock to credit hour conversion ratio, that the program will be considered to be a clock hour program for federal aid purposes.• In this interpretation, the Department of Education (“DOE”) will not defer to the state’s interpretation as to whether it considers the program to be required to measure student progress in clock hours.Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • STATE TRENDS• State Attorney General Advocacy: Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway Working Group• Pressure on State Legislatures to become more active due to State Authorization rule and State AG activity• State and local GR/PR efforts and community outreach by sector continues to be criticalFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Federal Fiscal Interests Driving PolicyDecisions "Show Me The Money!"Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Federal Budget & Appropriations College Cost Reduction and Access Act Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act Consolidated Appropriations ActFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Federal Budget & Approps. FY2013 Budget Proposals House Proposals Senate Proposals• Pell: • Annual Funding – Discretionary • Fiscal Commission Budget Plan: • Maximum Award – $5,550 • Cuts Discretionary Spending Caps • Eligibility – • Income Cap • Strengthens Enforcement • No Less Than ½ Time • IPA Lowered • Admin Costs – Repealed • FDSLP:• FDSL: • Interest Subsidy – Repealed • Interest Subsidy – Repealed • In-school • In-school • Grace-period • Grace-period • Savings – Recalculated • Fair Value Accounting • IBR – Repealed • College Access Challenge Grants – Repealed • Servicer Funding – Discretionary• DOD/VA: • Tuition Expenses – Capped @ 3%Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Federal Budget & Approps Federal Pell Grants• FY2013 Appropriations  $7 Billion Additional Mandatory Funds  $2 Billion Surplus• FY2014 Appropriations & Beyond  No Additional Mandatory Funds  Surplus OR Shortfall?Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Federal Budget & Approps. Current Funding of Federal Pell Grants UnsustainableFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Consequences of Federal Fiscal Decisions Federal Pell Grant • Establishment & Removal of Year-Round Pell Grants • Revisions of Auto-zero and Income Protection Allowance • Others Student Loan Interest • 2 Yr. Elimination of Grace PeriodFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • URGENT - July 1, 2012 Elimination of ATB Doubling of Student Loan Interest RatesFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Ability to Benefit APSCU, AACS & HEAL Task ForcesFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Student Loan Interest RateFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Cost for One-Year Delay(s) Student Loan Interest = $6 Billion ATB = $18 MillionFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • S. 2343Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • There Are Still Policy Discussions Presidents Executive Order New Negotiated Rulemaking Gainful EmploymentFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Gainful Employment SAIG Sign-up Release of Initial Data April 27th May Disclosure Templates July 2nd 2010-2011 Reporting October 15thFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • What Else Can We Expect Near-term • More Introduced Legislation • More Hearings & Mark Ups • Possible Enacted Legislation Longer-term • HEA Reauthorization • Budget Reconciliation • Pell Grant CliffFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • ATB Ruling – effective July 1, 2012Ability-to-Benefit - Public Law 112-74 amended HEA section 484(d) to eliminate Federal student aid eligibility for students without a “certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education or the recognized equivalent of such a certificate.” The law makes an exception for students who have completed a secondary school education in a home school setting that is treated as a home school or private school under State law.Therefore, students who do not have a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent (e.g.,GED), or do not meet the home school requirements, and who first enroll in a program of study on or after July 1, 2012, will not be eligible to receive Title IV student aid. Students will qualify for Title IV student aid under one of the ability-to-benefit (ATB) alternatives if the student was enrolled in a Title IV eligible program prior to July 1, 2012. Those alternatives include the student passing an independently administered, approved ATB test or successfully completing at least six credit hours or 225 clock hours of postsecondary education.Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Remaining Options: o GED Test ® o High School Diploma o Home School CertificationFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • The GED® Reality More than 39 million U.S. adults without a high school credential 10.5 Million are age 18-34 1.4 million U.S. high school dropouts annually ~ 770,000 GED® Candidates ~ 450,000 credentialsFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update 33
  • GED® Test Facts 2014 General Educational Development tests NEW GED TEST 1 in 7 high school credential 1978-2002: holders are GED; 1 in 20 college Gradual shift to students college readiness 1942 Just passing shows level that Post-WWII: Assimilation meets/ exceeds 60% of for returning vets graduating seniors A 65-Year HistoryFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • We know… $50% indicate 2-4 yr. 78% go to 2-year College On average they earn $3,500college as their post- inside the first 3 years of more a year than non-GEDGED goal passing holdersPrep with aPractice Test 76% pass the GED on But helping them passyields better 1st attempt helps them succeed.scores What can happen after a highly supportive learning experience… Something Life Changing Data from: Crossing the Bridge: GED Credentials and Post-Secondary Educational Outcomes by Becker Patterson, Zhang, Song, Guison-Dowdy-April 2010, GED ® Testing Service (American Council on Education-sponsored study)
  • Operational Strategies for Implementing GED Prep ProgramsFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Alternate program for schools with ATB studentsFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Low-cost avenue for generating qualified leadsFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Community Service:Campus resources / build loyalty Prep – Test – Enroll –Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Why a Self-Study Test Prep Course?2009 study of 90,000 GED candidates concluded:•On average, those who studied individually using apractice test scored the highest.•Thelowest scores were attributed to those who studied in publicschool without using a practice test.•Those with the highest pass rate were the individual studycandidates who used a practice test.•Those with the lowest pass rate were the public school candidateswho did not take a practice test.The study “Preparation for and Performance on the GED® Test” by JosephW. McLaughlin, Gary Skaggs, & Margaret Becker Patterson (GED TestingService ® Research Study, 2009-2), examined the most and least effectiveGED prep strategies after surveying more that 90,000 GED candidates in theUnited States.Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Studies show that preparing for the GED with a practice test* results in higher test scores.Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • The new GED® test in January 2014:• Joint venture between the American Council on Education and Pearson• Computer-based testing in Pearson VUE testing centers• New test aligned with Common Core standards, certifying preparedness for careers and collegeFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
  • Online Resources• GED Testing Service website: – www.GEDtestingservice.com• Information about the new assessment: – www.GEDtestingservice.com/assessment• Information about fraudulent online programs – fake GED® programs and online high schools – www.GEDtestingservice.com/fraudFederal Legislative and Regulatory Update
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