In a letter to lawmakers last month, Kathy Kraninger, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said Education Department policies are interfering with the CFBP's efforts to provide oversight of federal student loans. Among the issues is the department's advice to loan-servicing companies not to share information with the CFPB, citing privacy concerns.
Some 62% of Americans living in high-poverty areas with few economic and educational resources say a college education is very important, according to a Gallup survey. However, only 29% in these areas said they have access to an affordable college education.
The College Board will roll out an initiative that applies an adversity score to students taking SATs starting this fall, following a successful beta test with 50 institutions. The score considers 15 circumstances, including crime and poverty rates of students' neighborhoods, and will only be disclosed to the college or university during the application process.
A report from the US Education Department's inspector general identifies a number of concerns with the department's income-verification process for student financial aid. Surveys of financial aid officers suggest that flagging low-income students for extra verification often means many do not complete the application process.
Historically black colleges and universities can help LGBTQ students feel protected by requiring faculty and staff to be trained on gender identity and expression, writes Denise Smith, a Howard University doctoral student. Smith refers to the Campus Pride HBCU Clearinghouse as a resource determining whether an institution is applying LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices.
Some North Carolina lawmakers and other advocates are backing bills in the state legislature that would increase financial support for historically black colleges and universities. One measure would provide $50 million in recurring funds for the 10 HBCUs in the state, while another focuses on matching federal funds for agricultural programs.