DREAM Act: NY lawmakers approve tuition aid for undocumented immigrants

State lawmakers on Wednesday passed the DREAM Act, a bill that allows undocumented immigrants to access state financial aid, including the Tuition Assistance Program, to pay for college tuition.




Shopping Sheeting News – Metrics Available – New Beta Verio Released


Posted Date: January 16, 2019

Author: Office of Postsecondary Education

Subject: 2019-2020 College Financing Plan (Shopping Sheet)

In July 2012, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet (now the College Financing Plan) format and asked institutions to voluntarily commit to supplying financial aid information to students in a way that could be better understood and compared.

However, despite the commitment to using the standardized format, we have heard a number of concerns about elements of the template that could be improved to make it more user friendly to institutions and students.  We have also reviewed the NASFAA report No Clear Winner:  Consumer Testing of Financial Aid Award Letters as well as comments that have been submitted to ShoppingSheet@ed.gov.  As a result, we have developed a revised format that includes the following changes:

1 We are changing the name of the template from Financial Aid Shopping Sheet to College Financing Plan to more accurately reflect that loans may be a significant part of the student’s investment, and to emphasize to students that they are making a financial transaction when enrolling in an institution.
2 We are introducing the College Financing Plan template this year as part of a beta testing protocol.  While institutions are not required to use the updated template, we hope that some will use it in their financial aid packaging in order to tell us what improvements could be made before rolling this out in final form next year.

For those institutions which choose to test the new format this year, we ask that you submit any comments or suggestions to shoppingsheet@ed.gov  no later than April 1, 2019.

As we have done in the past, attached to this Electronic Announcement are all components needed by institutions to complete institutional College Financing Plans (i.e., HTML specifications and the institutional metric data file, as well as the technical guide and a set of Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs).

The format of the College Financing Plan will be updated in 2020-2021 to include additional data elements as well as a new responsive design and the ability to customize the colors of the College Financing Plan to match those of your institution. ED has made a preview of the new College Financing Plan format available this year so institutions can review the changes, provide feedback and prepare for the changes in store for the 2020-2021 College Financing Plan.  We are still working to develop a format and additional data elements that are more appropriate for graduate and professional school students, and we welcome your comments on how best to meet the needs of those students.

HTML Specifications:

Institutions and their software providers may use the attached HTML specifications to produce and populate the College Financing Plan, using the applicable fields from their existing data systems. The HTML specifications include a “download” button on the College Financing Plan to allow students to download their student aid offer information into a machine-readable format (XML). This XML layout is also attached. We encourage institutions providing students their College Financing Plan in electronic format to include this feature. Institutions that are delivering the College Financing Plan in print form may want to remove the “download” button.

For convenience, a PDF version of the College Financing Plan is also attached.

Institutional Metric Data File:

The student information on the College Financing Plan is populated using the applicable fields from institutions’ existing data systems. The data and information necessary to populate the institutional metrics section of the College Financing Plan—the graduation rate, the loan repayment rate, and the median borrowing figures — are provided in the attached files. The institutional metrics data file is updated on an annual basis. Data used to populate the metrics on the College Financing Plan comes from ED’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), through the College Scorecard. Therefore, accurate institutional reporting to IPEDS and NSLDS is necessary to ensure that correct information is populated within the College Financing Plan metric data file and, ultimately, made available to students.

We thank you for your consideration in providing feedback on and adopting the College Financing Plan. If you plan to adopt the College Financing Plan for the 2019-2020 academic year or wish to provide feedback, please contact us at ShoppingSheet@ed.gov.


2019-2020 College Financing Plan FAQ, PDF Format, 437KB, 5 Pages


Institutional Metrics Data, Excel Format, 491KB

2019-2020 Data File Schema, Excel Format, 11KB

College Financing Plan

2019-2020 Annotated College Financing Plan, PDF Format, 1MB, 1 Page

2019-2020 College Financing Plan HTML Specification, ZIP Format, 64KB

2019-2020 College Financing Plan XML, XML Format, 1KB

2019-2020 College Financing Plan Technical Guide, PDF Format, 1.2MB, 15 Pages

2019-2020 College Financing Plan Template, PDF Format, 3.8MB, 2 Pages

Responsive Preview

2019-2020 Annotated College Financing Plan Responsive Preview, PDF Format, 1.1MB, 1 Page

2019-2020 College Financing Plan Responsive Preview HTML Specification, ZIP Format, 14KB

2019-2020 College Financing Plan Responsive Preview XML (Coming Soon)

2019-2020 College Financing Plan Responsive Preview Technical Guide, PDF Format, 1.2MB, 16 Pages

2019-2020 College Financing Plan Responsive Preview Template, PDF Format, 131KB, 2 Pages




Survey of Alumni of For-Profit Career Colleges

Career Education Colleges and Universities on Tuesday released results from a survey the for-profit college trade group conducted with Gallup, the polling organization, of the alumni satisfaction of 3,203 graduates of nine of CECU’s member campuses. The sample sought to be a cross section of the size, region and sector reflected across the group’s roughly 500 member campuses.

The survey found that respondents on average earned about 60 percent more in personal income than they did before attending college. CECU member institution alumni also are more likely to have a job related to their certificate or degree program than their peers from a national comparative sample, according to the survey. Respondents also were more likely to have a full-time job than their peers, and to be employed within six months of graduation.



Midterm 2018 postgame: What the outcome means for higher ed In the wake of the 2018 midterm elections and as Congress embarks on the next chapter of an already divisive era in American politics, how will key issues for the higher education community come into play? As promised during our October 31 webinar, we’re using this post to break down the election results, look ahead to the 116th Congress, and provide some forecasts about how a new crop of lawmakers and congressional leaders may affect higher ed initiatives. We hope our postgame commentary will break through the confusion and help you plan for 2019!

In the wake of the 2018 midterm elections and as Congress embarks on the next chapter of an already divisive era in American politics, how will key issues for the higher education community come into play?

As promised during our October 31 webinar, we’re using this post to break down the election results, look ahead to the 116th Congress, and provide some forecasts about how a new crop of lawmakers and congressional leaders may affect higher ed initiatives.

We hope our postgame commentary will break through the confusion and help you plan for 2019!



Don’t Get Spooked! What the Midterms Mean for Higher Education



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Are you scared of the midterms? On Halloween, Thompson Coburn will host a panel conversation about the election and its impact on higher education. Among other topics, our panelists will discuss:

  • Potential scenarios on the control of the House and Senate
  • Key races to watch on election night
  • The substantive effect of the election outcome on reauthorization of the Higher Education Act
  • Implications for FY2020 education spending
  • What role, if any, the election will have on regulation and oversight at the US Department of Education

Kevin Cain is the Director of Governmental Affairs with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges where he works to educate Congress and the administration on the challenges and opportunities facing academic veterinary medicine. Prior to working at AAVMC, Kevin worked as Vanderbilt University’s Director of Governmental Affairs for Health and Biomedical Sciences. Kevin served as a key aide to two members of Congress and, over the course of his 19-year career, he has worked as a policy leader and advocate, advising lawmakers and staff on legislative and regulatory changes that could impact critical business decisions.

Kimberly Jones serves as the Vice President for Public Policy and Communications at the Council for Opportunity in Education. Jones maintains various professional memberships, including the Committee for Education Funding, of which she served as President in 2014; the National Bar Association, for which she chaired the Legislation Standing Committee in 2014-2015; Women in Government Relations; and the Washington Government Relations Group. Jones is a graduate of Yale University and the Georgetown University Law Center. In 2016, she was named one of the “40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates” by the National Bar Association and received the organization’s Excellence in Activism Award. In 2018, Jones was selected for the Diversity Executive Leadership Program sponsored by ASAE, the American Society of Association Executives.

Chris Murray is a partner in Thompson Coburn’s Lobbying & Policy group. One of Washington’s leading political advocates and strategic advisors for the education sector, Chris has a particular interest in supporting organizations that are disrupting the status quo. At its core, Chris’s work is about getting to a meaningful and lasting result that supports the mission of his clients, which is simply to provide the best and most affordable education for all. Chris has been recognized for the depth of his knowledge of education policy, which spans all corners of education, from pre-K through primary, secondary, and postsecondary, from institutions and trade associations to technology companies and investors.

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For more information regarding Thompson Coburn’s Higher Education Webinar Series, please contact Aaron Lacey.  A partner in the firm’s Higher Education Practice and the Series’ host, Aaron can be reached at 314-552-6405 or alacey@thompsoncoburn.com.   



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