ED Seeks Input on HEA Implementation

Now that Congress has passed a Higher Education Act bill, the
action will move to the U.S. Education Department (ED) for
implementation of the law.

ED has scheduled three public hearings in early December to solicit
input, and it also will accept written comments through Dec. 15. The
department is particularly interested in comments on changes in student
financial-aid programs under Title IV of HEA. That section includes
provisions on Pell Grants, student loans, and a variety of scholarship
initiatives.

Regional hearings are scheduled Dec. 4-5, at the Holiday Inn on the
Hill, Washington, D.C.; Dec. 8-9, a the Regal Knickerbocker, Chicago;
and Dec. 11-12, at the Hyatt Regency, Los Angeles. Those interested in
making oral statements may sign up beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the first
morning of the hearing.

Individuals who cannot make these meetings may submit written
comments to: Brian Kerrigan, ED, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, ROB-3,
Washington, DC 20202-5257; or fax them to (202) 205-0786. The agency
said it also will accept comments submitted via electronic mail
to:ed.gov>.

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