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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