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The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a comprehensive plan to overhaul the nation's immigration system, which includes a version of the DREAM Act and other higher education provisions.
Action heated up in the House and Senate last week on the looming interest rate increase for subsidized student loans, which is slated to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent July 1.
May 22, 2013
In this morning’s headlines, the Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a sweeping bipartisan measure to overhaul the nation's immigration system, including an amendment that would allow undocumented students who are granted registered provisional immigrant status under the DREAM Act to qualify for federal loans and federal work-study. The Chronicle of Higher Education gives a rundown of the first of four Education Department hearings in advance of a negotiated-rule-making session this fall on fraud in the student aid programs, and Inside Higher Ed reports on how the College of DuPage in Illinois is managing to offer health insurance to offering insurance to some non-tenure-track faculty in compliance with the new Affordable Care Act.
Federal Financial Aid
May 15, 2013
ACE and 14 higher education associations release a statement of principles for lawmakers to consider as they craft legislation to address the looming interest rate increase for subsidized student loans.
Student Financial Aid
May 13, 2013
In a new monograph written for ACE, Donald E. Heller argues there is scant evidence of a relationship between changes in federal student aid and tuition increases.
Law and the Courts
In preparation for the Supreme Court's upcoming decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the College Board's Access and Diversity Collaborative has released the guide, "Preparing for the Fisher Decision: Are You Ready?
May 10, 2013
A range of legislative choices to revamp the federal student loan system emerged in Congress this week, as the interest rate on subsidized student loans is poised to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent July 1.
May 8, 2013
ACE and 12 other higher education groups sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee today on the recently introduced comprehensive immigration bill, calling the measure an “important step.”
The National Association of College and University Attorneys, in cooperation with ACE, is hosting a webinar May 31 on the Clery Act amendments in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and what they mean for Clery Act and Title IX compliance.
April 29, 2013
ACE has submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in a case that examines whether it is “fair use” for professors to reserve small excerpts of academic works online for review by their students.
April 24, 2013
Steven Bloom, director of federal relations at ACE, testified at an April 23 hearing of the IRS and the Treasury Department about regulations which would affect coverage for adjunct faculty and student campus employees under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
April 17, 2013
ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle spoke before the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training April 16 at the hearing “Keeping College Within Reach: The Role of Federal Student Aid Programs.”
Past ACE Advocacy Activity
The Division of Government & Public Affairs coordinates and publicizes the efforts of the higher education community in representing its concerns to the federal government. Staff members prepare testimony for congressional hearings, comment on proposed federal legislation and regulations, and file amicus curiae briefs on court cases with important implications for higher education, among other activities. For federal government policy makers, the division acts as the central source of information and counsel on higher education issues. Division staff members also communicate information on relevant educational concerns and ACE policy positions to the media, college and university officials, and the general public.