The office of the Department of Education of Postsecondary Education announces public hearings on student protections, loan reimbursement, specific loan cancellation programs and other higher education regulations May 24, 2021 Contact: Office of Press, (202) 401-1576,
  • < p> The Office of the US Department of Education UU Postsecondary education announced today that it will hold virtual public hearings on June 21, 23 and 24 to receive feedback from interested parties on possible regulatory sessions.

    This process of issuing new regulations reflects the department's commitment to serve students and borrowers well and protect them from harmful programs and practices that may derail their Postsecondary and professional objectives.

    "The main responsibility of the Department of Education is to serve students and borrowers," said Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona. "That means taking a fresh look at a range of regulations to make sure they are not creating unnecessary barriers, but can guarantee that institutions and programs serve our students well."

    The department is interested in comments on regulations that would address the gaps in Postsecondary results, such as retention, completion, refund of student loans and the default loan. Specific consideration is encouraged for disparate impacts on income, race / ethnicity, gender and other demographic characteristics.

    Today's announcement is the first step in the issuance process of new regulations. After public hearings, the department will request nominations for non-federal negotiators that can serve in the regulatory negotiated committees, which will be convened at the end of summer 2021.

    The Department suggests the following topics for regulation in the audience. NOTICE, but invites you to comment on any regulatory problem that can improve the results for students, especially borrowers. Potential topics may include:

  • benefit capacity
  • borrower defense to reimbursement
  • Certification procedures for participation in federal financial aid programs
  • owned and change in the control of higher education institutions
  • Closed school downloads
  • for borrowers with a total and permanent disability
  • Download for the false student certification Eligibility
  • Financial responsibility of the participating institutions of higher education, such as events that indicate a greater financial risk
  • loan payment plans Revenue contingents >
  • Referable pre-dispute arbitration and prohibition of class action claims Provisions in registration institutions for registration agreements / Li
  • Pell Obligent Eligibility for Prisons Education Program
  • Public service loan forgiveness
  • > Administrative capacity standards

    The department is aware of the probable part of the stakeholders. Rest in the regulations in response to the 2020 credits fiscal bill, which made changes in Rule 90/10 to demand that private for-profit institutions obtain at least 10 percent of their income from non-federal sources such as programs Federal Financial Aid of the Department. and benefits for veterans and military military. By law, the Department can not begin the regulatory activity in this provision until October 1, 2021.

    The audience will be held from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (est) on June 21, 23 and 24.


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