NASFAA is here to help you stay up to date on the top policy events occurring throughout the week in Washington, D.C. and, when applicable, across the country. Make sure to check back in to Today's News each morning for coverage of some of the events, and visit NASFAA's D.C. Docket page for more details about the events below and a bulleted list of events coming up after this week.
Congress is not in session this week.
NASFAA University’s Online Course Return of Title IV Funds focuses on how to handle a student's Title IV funds when they withdraw from school before completing the payment period or period of enrollment. In addition, the course will teach you how to properly identify a Title IV recipient and the formula associated with the return of Title IV funds. Passing this online course provides a NASFAA University Professional Credential.
NASFAA's "Title IV Eligibility Checklist for Domestic Institutions: Considerations for Adding New Programs and Locations" highlights the major areas an institution should review when adding new academic programs and locations and serves as a checklist to guide institutions through the process. The tool also includes a flowchart, which illustrates when an institution must obtain approval from and/or notify the Department of Education before awarding and disbursing Title IV aid to students enrolled in a new academic program. NASFAA suggests an institution conduct a comprehensive review of all Title IV institutional and program eligibility regulations and requirements prior to implementing a new program or additional location.
"Unlike cheerleading, ultimate frisbee and flip cup, one feature of US higher education that has struggled to cross the Atlantic is the concept of small, campus-based, liberal arts colleges," The Guardian reports.
"Students at Lynn University soon will be able to earn 15 credits by completing a 16-week academic program in technology design at a distant campus of General Assembly, the largest of the coding boot camps," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"Pennsylvania's state-owned universities [on Thursday] waded more deeply into 'pricing flexibility,' an experiment supporters say helps campuses better align tuition and fees with market conditions, but opponents say makes the schools less affordable," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
"The 2016 presidential campaigns have begun to focus on higher education in some important ways, with candidates like Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio underscoring the rising cost of college, the impacts of student debt, and how to make college more affordable. Those are critical issues, to be sure, but there’s another way the government could use its resources to help students get exactly the education they need," the Lumina Foundation's Jamie Merisotis writes for Politico.
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