August 16, 2017

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epic clerical error may wipe out $5 billion in student loan debt

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According to The New York Times, National Collegiate, a conglomeration of 15 trusts that hold 800,000 private student loans worth $12 billion, has recently lost multiple court cases due to bad paperwork — effectively clearing dozens of debtors of the money they owe. The loans currently being disputed total more than $5 billion.

The Times spoke with Samantha Watson, a mother of three who took out private loans to finance a degree in psychology at Lehman College in the Bronx. When her daughter became sick, Watson was unable to afford her high student loan payments. National Collegiate sued her, but their paperwork was incoherent, unorganized and incomplete, her lawyer, Kevin Thomas of the New York Legal Assistance Group, told The Times.

Unfortunately, most borrowers will not experience the same kind of happy ending. Defendants often settle with National Collegiate or ignore the summons altogether.

Link to article: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/19/this-clerical-error-could-wipe-out-5-billion-in-student-loan-debt.html 

 

 

Cosmetology Schools get a little win in Gainful Employment

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A small victory for Cosmetology schools.

A Federal Judge Partially Blocks Enforcement of Gainful-Employment Rule as it pertains to cosmetology schools

6/28/17 A federal district court judge issued an order Wednesday partially blocking enforcement of the gainful-employment rule for cosmetology schools that sued in February to halt the regulation.  Case 1:17-cv-00263-RC Document 30 Filed 06/28/17

The Department of Education  had defended gainful employment in court in March but earlier this month it announced that it would pursue a rewrite of the regulation.

The Federal judge ordered that the cosmetology schools be given additional flexibility with filing appeals of earnings data and that the department must now give those schools more time to file appeals. The order applies only to American Association of Cosmetology Schools programs.

In this case, the Court considers whether the Department of Education (“DOE”) acted
arbitrarily and capriciously with respect to cosmetology schools when it decided to
presumptively use earnings data that does not account for unreported income. Although the
DOE was justified in using reported income as the presumptive measure of overall income, it
arbitrarily and capriciously made rebutting that presumption overly difficult.
In setting standards that determine which proprietary schools’ graduates are entitled to
federally backed student loans, the DOE looks to the rates at which the schools’ graduates are
“gainfully employed.” To determine whether graduates are gainfully employed, the DOE has
adopted a test that compares the graduates’ income levels to their levels of debt. To determine
the graduates’ income, the DOE presumptively uses the Social Security Administration’s
(“SSA”) income data. This data does not account for income that is not reported to the Internal
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Revenue Service. Schools may appeal the DOE’s use of SSA data through “alternate earnings
appeals,” which, if successful, allow them to use alternate measures of income before the debt
to-earnings rates become final. To submit such an appeal, a school is required to use either state
sponsored data pertaining to over half of its graduates during the relevant timeframe or gather
income data on almost all of its graduates through a survey. Schools that fail the debt-to
earnings test for a long enough time lose eligibility for federal loans. Schools at immediate risk
of losing federal-loan eligibility are required to warn their students and prospective students that
they may be ineligible for student loans in the near future.

Link to the official order

Devos to potentially roll back Gainful employment and borrower repayment policies

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DeVos Will Roll Back 2 Obama Regulations, a Blow to Consumer Advocates – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The U.S. Department of Education is beginning the process of rolling back two Obama-era regulations aimed at holding for-profit colleges accountable and helping students who may have been misled or defrauded by them: the borrower-defense-to-repayment regulation, which was scheduled to go into effect on July 1, and the gainful-employment regulation, which was already in effect.

The gainful-employment regulation was meant to hold career-preparation programs accountable for the outcomes of their graduates. Specifically, if the estimated loan payments of a program’s graduates exceed a certain percentage of their income over a period of years, then the program would risk losing federal student aid.

The industry is finally feeling some relief

Link to Chronicle article:  http://www.chronicle.com/article/DeVos-Will-Roll-Back-2-Obama/240337?cid=wsinglestory_hp_1

 

Special VIP rate for Group Members Capital Roundtable PE investing in Education conference NYC

Market Driven Edu is pleased to announce The Capital Roundtable’s full-day conference on Private Equity Investing in Education-Focused Companies.

 

Coming up on Tuesday, July 18, in New York City, the theme of this conference is Education from 2017 to 2021 — What’s Next for Investors?

 

As a friend of Market Driven Edu, you qualify for a special VIP rate — $995 ($500 off the standard rate).  To register, please call Sarah Burd, at 212-832-7300 ext. 0, or email her at sburd@capitalroundtable.com.

 

These are exciting times for private investors in education-focused companies, even amid the uncertainty about what’s going to happen next.  Despite galactic differences of opinion, everyone’s goal is to deliver great education to as many people as possible.

 

Education is facing changes and challenges in all sectors.  Pre-K is becoming professionalized, migrating away from traditional childcare to more school-based curriculums.  Public K-12 schools are lagging behind, leading to the expansion of new alternatives, such as charter schools and pri­vate schools.  Higher education costs are rising faster than inflation, financial aid isn’t keeping up, and colleges need innovative solutions for keeping costs down.  And the gap is widening between the skills students are learning and the skills employers say workers need.

 

Chairing the conference is Dan Neuwirth, a general partner at Quad Partners. Dan co-founded the firm in 2000 and has led investments across its education portfolio.  Prior to Quad, he worked in investment banking and principal investing at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, and at Goldman Sachs & Co.

 

Our 20 knowledgeable speakers will boost your knowledge of this attractive area through their first-hand experiences and by answering key questions. See speaker list here.

 

At this conference, you’ll enjoy exceptional networking opportunities. The agenda includes ample time, with session breaks and a buffet lunch, to exchange ideas, swap business cards, and form new relationships.

 

To register, please call Sarah Burd, at 212-832-7300 ext. 0, or email her at sburd@capitalroundtable.com.

 

Please be sure to mention Market Driven Edu to receive this low VIP rate.  And note this rate is not available online. 

Special discount for CECU Conference, formerly the CCA!

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Special group Member discount for CECU Conference, formerly the CCA

Market Driven EDU Members, it’s not too late!
Don’t miss your chance to register at a discounted rate for the CECU Convention. Special member pricing is available to all maketdrivenedu subscribers.

Register by May 13th and use the code MDE to receive 10% off your registration! View the Convention website for the full schedule and detailed information about the show.
http://www.cecuevents.org/convention/registration/ use the code MDE to receive 10% off or email Kelley info is below.

Don’t miss your chance to join hundreds of sector executives and thought leaders at the 2017 CECU Convention. This is the largest gathering of the sector all year and you won’t want to miss the networking opportunities, education sessions and prizes that await in the EXPO Hall.

Hope to see you in Las Vegas, June 6-8th. For information, please contact Kelley Blanchard at Kelley.blanchard@career.org or 571-640-6471.

Purdue University acquires Kaplan Online and 15 Campus locations for $1.00

In essence another for-profit to non-profit conversion of sorts.  Interesting way for Purdue to get into the online education sector.

Arlington-based Graham Holdings Co. has sold off its Kaplan University business — and its hundreds of millions in revenue — to Purdue University for just $1.

The deal will place the for-profit education systepurdue acquires kaplan universitym into a new nonprofit structure managed by West Lafayette, Indiana-based Purdue. The nonprofit will pay Graham to operate Kaplan University under a 30-year contract, but the nonprofit has the option to buy out that contract after six years.

Graham Holdings will also receive a share of the revenue generated from the new operation, but its too early to estimate how much that will be because it will be based on future revenue minus expenses.

The for-profit education system has faced several challenging years under the Obama administration, and many companies like Kaplan have been affected.

“I think we have built a very solid business over time. The reality of this is that it has been challenging. Why not put our two forces together and figure it out?” said Pinkie Mayfield, Graham Holdings vice president and special assistant to the chairman, in an interview. She said it would have taken Purdue years to build the type of functionality that Kaplan has been able to with its university system.

Kaplan Higher Education generated $617 million in revenue in 2016, so it represents a big chunk of Graham’s overall revenue, which was $2.5 billion in 2016.

 

link to article: https://www-bizjournals-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2017/04/27/purdue-universitypaid-just-1-up-front-for-graham.amp.html 

Interactive Map showing free college opportunities by state

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College Promise Programs

Over the last decade—but especially in the past few years—programs with the “promise” label have been advanced at local, state, and federal levels. These programs are designed to increase college attainment in particular places. The Kalamazoo Promise program, created in 2005, inspired similar programs in economically disadvantaged communities in Michigan and other states. Researcher Michelle Miller-Adams and others at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research label these programs “place-based scholarship programs,” defined as programs that provide “universal or near-universal access” to financial support for college based on where students reside (e.g., school district or city) or whether they attend specified schools.

Link to article: http://ahead-penn.org/creating-knowledge/college-promise

Link to Map: http://www.whimsymaps.com/view/collegepromise

 

2017 Market Driven Education Industry Group’s 6th annual Education Advertising & Marketing survey

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It’s that time again, the 2017 Market Driven Education Industry Group’s 6th annual survey, in conjunction with Edufficient, one of the fasting growing EDU-specific Performance Marketing Agencies has arrived.

This survey has become a standard for the industry, bringing together Schools, Lead Providers & Agencies, helping to create an updated master list of industry service providers.

Hundreds of screened participants help make this a valuable tool for all those who participate.

  • All participants are reviewed for accuracy & relevance to the industry.
  • You must complete 75% of the survey questions to qualify and receive results!
  • All requests for survey results from non-participants will be denied!

Service providers contact information must be accurate to qualify. Remember, schools will receive your contact information so they can contact you, so please double check for accuracy.

All School contact information is private and will not be distributed.                        Only vendor info will be made available to participating schools.

Link to Survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2MYH9MD 

Will Devos help spur growth in the for profit sector?

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HP article:

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was the first and only senator to really press DeVos on for-profit college accountability issues. She asked DeVos, who admitted to have almost no higher education management or college aid experience, if she supported protecting federal taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud, and abuse?  DeVos said yes. Warren said she was glad to know that, since Trump’s higher education experience consisted of fraud so bad at his fake unaccredited university that he paid out $25 million to settle claims from students and New York’s attorney general.

Warren pushed, asking DeVos exactly how she would stop fraud. DeVos: “The individuals with whom I work in the Department will ensure that federal monies are used properly and appropriately.”

Warren pressed further, noting that there are already “a whole group of rules“ written by the Obama Administration to protect college students. In particular, she asked DeVos whether she would commit to enforcing the gainful employment rule, which would penalize career college programs, whether at a for-profit, non-profit, or public college, that leave graduates with insurmountable debt. New data released by the Department confirms what for-profit colleges feared as they have lobbied fiercely against the rule: 98 percent of the programs flunking the test in its first year were for-profits.

DeVos responded, “We will certainly review that rule and see that it is actually achieving what the intentions are.”

Link to article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/davidhalperin/devos-declines-to-support_b_14235348.html

 

Wash Post:

Some amount of deflection in responding to pointed questions is inevitable. In some cases, DeVos may not have figured out her position yet on various questions, some of which were overly-specific, and a bit unfair. I didn’t find it unreasonable for her to decline to commit to specific current regulations under ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) that she might seek to modify or change.

The most evasive language, in my view, emerged in response to questions about school and college accountability. DeVos was reluctant to commit to strong federal efforts to ensure that all schools will be held accountable. Asked about financial risks posed by charter schools with relationships to Charter Management Organizations, many of which are for-profit, she dodged the issue, responding merely that she would work to “hold schools accountable for educating students.”

And after ducking Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D-Va.) question about equal accountability for all schools receiving federal funds four times in person, she’s said nothing to clarify her position.

Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/02/01/the-good-evasive-and-very-bad-answers-betsy-devos-gave-to-questions-from-democrats-about-education/?utm_term=.071c53e754ee 

EDU Dive:

  • The growing potential for Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos to support deregulation for for-profit colleges and rollback several guidelines for federal standards on postgraduate outcomes takes centerstage in a Huffington Post editorial this week.
  • Author David Halperin explains that the for-profit industry has reaped billions in public funded student loans while leaving students with little-to-no prospect for gainful employment. But inaccuracies in federal reporting on these outcomes has allowed DeVos and Republicans to challenge the policies outright.
  • DeVos declined to endorse guidance for gainful employment and accountability standards for federal funding to institutions of all types.

Link: http://www.educationdive.com/news/would-betsy-devos-scale-back-regulations-on-for-profit-colleges/435341/

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