ACE sent a letter July 29 to the Department of Education expressing concern that proposed revisions to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) would expand the federal student financial aid database in ways that may not be appropriate, such as to collect data on students who do not receive aid.
In the letter, sent on behalf of eight other higher education associations, ACE President Molly Corbett Broad wrote that the proposed changes “exceed the boundaries of the law in ways that the courts have prohibited and that distort the purposes of NSLDS.”
The groups state in the letter that they are “also are concerned that the department’s notice and process fail to comply with important requirements of the (federal) Privacy Act.”
However, they say proposed modifications dealing with the new student eligibility limitations for Direct Subsidized Loans are consistent with the intent of the NSLDS.
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The Chronicle of Higher Education (July 30, 2013)
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