Letter to the Department of Education on Impact of State Authorization Rule Change on California Students July 25, 2019 Section 1 ContentACE sent this letter to Department of Education (ED) Secretary Betsy DeVos regarding a rule change that threatens to leave an estimated 80,000 California students without financial aid.ED announced July 22 that California residents pursuing online education offered by out-of-state public and nonprofit institutions became ineligible for federal financial aid after the department began implementing the Obama-era rules governing online colleges in May. The “state authorization” rules officially took effect on May 26 after a federal judge struck down ED's efforts to delay them. With only one month until the start of the fall semester, many students may be forced to drop out of, or never begin, postsecondary education.The letter urges ED to take two actions to mitigate this harm to students:Move quickly to finalize and issue the new state authorization regulations, separating them from the other pending rules that are part of the accreditation regulatory package in order to speed the process.File an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court requesting the district court judge’s order in the case National Education Association v. Betsy DeVos be stayed because of the immediate harm to students.Along with ACE, associations signing the letter include:American Association of Community CollegesAmerican Association of State Colleges and UniversitiesAssociation of American UniversitiesAssociation of Public and Land-grant UniversitiesNational Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Section 2 Content Section 3 Content Section 4 Content Section 5 Content Section 6 Content Button Content Rail Content 1 Rail Content 2 Rail Content 3 Related News July 6, 2020 ACE and 38 other higher education groups sent a letter July 2 to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to detail the costs involved in reopening college campuses in the midst of the pandemic. Read More News July 6, 2020 ACE, Higher Education Groups Outline Costs of Reopening Campuses This Fall in Letter to Senate News June 12, 2020 The Department of Education has released an interim final rule explicitly stating that only students who are eligible for Title IV federal financial aid can receive emergency grants provided in the CARES Act, the COVID-19 stimulus bill sign Read More News June 12, 2020 Education Department’s Interim Final Rule on CARES Act Excludes Nearly 8 Million Students Video June 11, 2020 Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses why emergency aid is especially critical now, ways to assess basic needs and disburse funds, and how an equity lens has a clear ROI for higher ed. Supported by Imaginable Futures. Presented on ACE Engage—Create your account. Read More Video June 11, 2020 Basic Needs for All Students Podcast June 1, 2020 ACE Senior Vice President Terry Hartle joins co-hosts Jon Fansmith and Sarah Spreitzer to discuss what higher education institutions need to support reopening this fall and how Congress can help. Read More Podcast June 1, 2020 Episode 22: Thinking Through an Uncertain Fall News May 18, 2020 House lawmakers approved a new emergency supplemental spending measure to address the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More News May 18, 2020 House Approves 5th Emergency COVID-19 Spending Bill With $100 Billion for Education News May 11, 2020 The IRS announced last week that CARES Act emergency student financial aid grants will not be taxable. Read More News May 11, 2020 Emergency Student Aid Grants Will Not Be Taxed; House Bill Would Give Additional Relief to Students and Families News May 11, 2020 Reps. Dan Lipinski and Susan Brooks are circulating a letter urging House leaders to request an additional $47 billion in supplemental funding to stabilize universities and colleges and support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More News May 11, 2020 Urge Your House Members to Support Higher Education in Next COVID-19 Bill Podcast May 4, 2020 Hosts Jon Turk and Sarah Spreitzer talk with College Promise CEO Martha Kanter about the future of college promise programs nationwide, particularly in light of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on higher education. Read More Podcast May 4, 2020 dotEDU Episode 20: Can We Promise College for All? News April 21, 2020 ACE and 41 other higher education groups are calling on Congress to ensure that emergency student financial aid grants authorized by the CARES Act are not taxed. Read More News April 21, 2020 ACE, Higher Education Groups Ask Congress to Ensure Emergency Student Aid Is Not Taxed News April 20, 2020 ACE and 31 other higher education associations are asking Congress to provide relief to the 13.7 million students borrowing to finance their college education and to the 44 million borrowers already in repayment. Read More News April 20, 2020 ACE, Higher Education Associations Advocate for Relief for Student Loan Borrowers Podcast April 20, 2020 Carrie Hauser, president of Colorado Mountain College, talks with co-hosts Jon Fansmith and Lorelle Espinosa about how her institution has responded to the pandemic and how its unique, interest-free income share agreement for DACA students has adapted. Read More Podcast April 20, 2020 dotEDU Episode 19: A College at the Crossroads of COVID-19 and DACA Community This group is designed for higher education professionals to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of military-affiliated learners in Higher Education. Only on ACE Engage—Create your account! Read More Community Military and Higher Education Group News March 30, 2020 ACE President Ted Mitchell called the higher education provisions in the plan, which total approximately $14 billion, “woefully inadequate.” Read More News March 30, 2020 Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Allocates $14 Billion to Higher Education Statement March 25, 2020 While this legislation is an improvement from where the Senate started, the amount of money it provides to students and higher education institutions remains woefully inadequate. Read More Statement March 25, 2020 ACE President Ted Mitchell on Senate Stimulus Bill’s Impact on Students and Institutions News March 22, 2020 It is vital for higher education leaders to contact their members of Congress to request assistance. Read More News March 22, 2020 ACE, Other Higher Ed Groups Ask Congress to Support Students and Institutions in Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic Audio ACE's Terry Hartle and Jon Fansmith host a follow-up session to the "Whither HEA Reauthorization" webinar, answering attendees' questions about the legislation. Only on ACE Engage—Create your account! Read More Audio Whither Higher Education Act Reauthorization Q&A News March 16, 2020 Legislation introduced in both the House and Senate last week would provide more than $3 billion in COVID-19 support funding for higher education. Read More News March 16, 2020 House, Senate Introduce Financial Aid Legislation for Coronavirus Outbreak News March 13, 2020 Both houses of Congress are formally opposing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s borrower defense rule finalized last September, with both the House and Senate passing resolutions expressing disapproval of the rule. Read More News March 13, 2020 Senate Blocks Education Department's Borrower Defense Rule News March 13, 2020 The Department of Education should make changes to the latest version of its proposed expansion of foreign gift and contract reporting requirements, ACE said in comments submitted March 11. Read More News March 13, 2020 ACE, Higher Education Groups Comment on New Foreign Gift and Reporting Information Request News February 11, 2020 In its place, ED the department resubmitted a proposal for an expanded information collection request with just one change: It removes the request for unredacted “true copies” of contracts and gift agreements from covered institutions. Read More News February 11, 2020 Education Department Withdraws Emergency HEA Section 117 Information Collection Request News January 13, 2020 The December webinar, “Whither Higher Education Act Reauthorization?” is now archived exclusively on ACE Engage®, ACE’s online community and learning platform. Read More News January 13, 2020 Missed Our Recent Webinar on HEA Reauthorization? No Problem, See It On ACE Engage.