As things move quickly in Washington, DC, NACUBO is your constant advocate in action. NACUBO On Your Side covers important legislative and agency activity NACUBO staff are tracking, what we’re currently advocating for, and how you can take action with us.
Here are the issues we are tracking and advocating for this week.
ED Makes Changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
The Department of Education recently announced two changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program designed to improve borrower experience. First, ED updated its definition of qualifying payments as it relates to prepayments and lump-sum payments. Second, ED will produce a single form for the entire program. This will allow borrowers to submit one form to certify employment or to be considered for forgiveness under PSLF or Temporary Expanded PSLF.
Upgrades to ED Systems Require Schools to Perform Similar Software Updates
The Department of Education is upgrading the Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) to improve email and web security by using an updated security protocol, Transport Layer Security (TLS) version 1.2. To avoid losing access to the SAIG, all users must upgrade their TDClient and EDconnect software to versions that support TLS 1.2. These upgrades must be installed by February 6, 2021.
NACUBO, Other Associations Submit Brief in H-1B Legal Challenge
NACUBO and 23 other higher education associations have submitted two amicus briefs led by the American Council on Education in the recent college and university-led legal challenges to proposed changes to H-1B skilled worker visas. The brief emphasizes that those impacted by this rule have had little to no opportunity to offer comments or concerns about the impact these rule changes will have on them, despite the fact that the harms imposed on colleges and universities will be “immediate and substantial.”
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