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Week of January 18, 2022

  • This week, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate are in session for legislative business. However, neither chamber is expected to consider higher education finance-related legislation. 
  • Today through Friday, all-day, the U.S. Department of Education holds the first of three sessions of its Institutional and Programmatic Eligibility Committee, which has been formed to review and revise federal regulations around the 90-10 rule, ability to benefit, certification procedures for participation in federal student aid programs, change of ownership and change in control of institutions of higher education, financial responsibility for colleges and universities, gainful employment, and standards of administrative capability. For more information on the negotiated rulemaking sessions, including how to register to view the sessions, visit the Department’s website. 
  • On Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., NCHER holds its Monthly Membership Call, which will provide a summary and updates on major items being worked on by our committees, caucuses, and working groups; an update on federal and state efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, including any operational issues impacting the FFELP, Direct Loan, and private loan industry and their borrowers; and a Washington Update, including recent legislative and regulatory actions by Congress, the White House, the Department of Education, the Department of Treasury, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Federal Communications Commission. ​Note: The Zoom link has been circulated to each organization’s primary point of contact.
  • On Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., Strada Education Network holds a webinar titled, “Public Viewpoint: How Colleges Help Students Succeed Beyond Graduation.” According to the invite, equity challenges continue to prevent many students from gaining access to college, completing postsecondary education, and experiencing economic mobility and other outcomes beyond completion of college. In fall 2021, through Strada’s Beyond Completion Challenge, nearly 30 universities or systems examined how well they were preparing their students for success after graduation and designed innovative solutions to improve those outcomes. Join us to learn more about the key principles and themes identified by these institutions to strengthen connections between education and employment. In addition to national research insights, leaders from these institutions will discuss how they are leading improvement efforts in their systems and on their campuses. For more information or to register, visit the event website. 
  • There are no additional public events on higher education finance-related issues.