New rules for student loan structures

New rules finalized last week by the U.S. Department of Education are good news for students and taxpayers. For all topics except “gainful employment,” this was the final step of the negotiated rulemaking process initiated by the Department more than a year ago to ensure the integrity of the federal financial aid programs. Among other positive reforms, the rules restore the ban on incentive compensation, so that college representatives can no longer be paid based on the number of students they enroll. These rules are an important start, but we urge the Department to put additional protections in place by 2011 and to issue a strong gainful employment regulation that will go into effect in 2012.

Notice from Ticas-the institute for college access and success