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The Importance of Clarity: Institutional Website Descriptions Cause Congressman to Question Financial Aid Application Processes

Posted in Financial Aid
Since 1992, the Higher Education Act has required colleges and universities to determine applicants’ eligibility for federal aid programs only through use of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  On February 3, 2014, Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Secretary of… Continue Reading

Department of Education Interpretation Catches Up to the Law: Financial Aid Eligibility and Same-Sex Marriages

Posted in Financial Aid
Historically, the Department of Education had interpreted all provisions of Title IV of the Higher Education Act (which authorizes federal student aid programs) consistent with Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which prohibited federal agencies from recognizing same-sex marriages.  As a result of United States v. Windsor, in which the U.S. Supreme… Continue Reading