Teachers, advocacy groups and lawmakers have pressed the department to fix what they say are glaring problems in the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant program, widely known as TEACH.
Education Corp. of America, owner of a national chain of for-profit schools including Virginia College and Brightwood College, is ending operations in the face of dwindling enrollment and regulatory pressures.
As creditors of ITT Educational Services continue to fight over the remaining assets of the defunct for-profit college operator, one group has secured a significant victory in the bankruptcy proceedings: former students.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday warned that the federal student aid program is a “looming crisis in higher education” in a speech that some education experts say lacked an understanding of the problem.
Rules published Wednesday require students to prove schools knowingly deceived them if they want their federal loans canceled.
The College Promise program was pushed by Democrats in the legislature earlier this year.
Former ITT chief executive Kevin Modany and former chief financial officer Daniel Fitzpatrick have settled fraud cases with the Securities and Exchange Commission, avoiding a trial.
The firm is fending off similar suits from three other states and a federal agency.
Congressional Democrats are combating a Supreme Court decision that restricts public sector unions' ability to collect fees, with legislation to make it easier for union members in states with weak labor laws to fund their organizations.
The case could upend the role public-sector unions play in elections and in the workplace.