Higher Ed Groups Balk At U.S. Plan To Expand Loan Data System
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A Department of Education proposal to expand the scope and reach of its central database for student aid would violate federal law and distort the database's purposes, a group of higher education associations argued in a letter sent to department officials this week.
The letter, sent by the American Council on Education on behalf of seven other groups, responds to a request for comment published in the Federal Register in June, in which the DOE's Federal Student Aid office proposed to make a set of changes to information collected by the National Student Loan Data System.
The associations' letter argues that some of the department's goals are appropriately tied to the database's original purpose, but it questions a plan to modify legal provisions related to gainful employment programs to collect information about students who do not receive federal financial aid, among other things.
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