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NAICU debunks the major myths surrounding private nonprofit colleges and universities. Visit 9myths.org to get the facts!

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Senator Renews Effort to Protect Veterans

NAICU Washington Update

July 1, 2015

On June 24, Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE) introduced a bill to count payments from military and veteran education programs toward the limit on Federal revenues that for-profit higher education institutions are allowed to receive under the 90/10 rule.Read More


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Congress Eases Enforcement of 1098-T Penalties

NAICU Washington Update

July 1, 2015

A trade bill approved by President Obama on June 25 includes language easing IRS penalties on 1098-T reporting. The penalties affected many institutions for failing to provide adequate student tax identifiers like Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs) or Social Security Numbers (SSNs).Read More


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Department of Education Will Not Develop Ratings System

NAICU Washington Update

July 1, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education announced June 25, 2015 that it no longer plans to develop a federal postsecondary institutional ratings system. Instead, the Education Department will implement a “consumer-facing tool” designed to help students, families, and school counselors identify and select colleges.Read More


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Wider-Ranging Rankings

Inside Higher Ed

April 29, 2015

The world may or may not need another college rankings system; on that question, commentators and pundits are divided. The creators of a new entry acknowledge the limitations of the genre, but argue that their version -- imperfect as it may be -- improves on the competition by analyzing thousands of colleges of all types (instead of hundreds of mostly selective ones) and assessing them based on how much the institutions themselves contribute to the economic success of their graduates.

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The Problem with President Obama’s College Ratings

Austin, Texas, Statesman - Presidential Opinion

April 22, 2015

Larry L. Earvin, President, Hutson-Tillotson University; Haywood L. Strickland, President Wiley College; Dwight Fennell, President, Texas College; & Lester Newman, President, Jarvis Christian College write: We are concerned that the potential our institutions offer could be undermined by a rating system that the U.S. Department of Education wants to impose on the nation’s colleges and universities: scores based on graduation rates, loan repayment, salaries and career outcomes. Such a system is likely to hurt, not help, our institutions and diminish higher education access for the students who flourish at colleges like ours. Low-income students, students who are the first in their families to attend college and students who need to make up for an inadequate high school education may not perform at the same level as their counterparts from higher-income families, depressing the ratings of colleges like ours whose core mission is to serve just such students. Misleading ratings could even discourage these students from considering HBCUs.

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What Stands to be Lost in Sales Tax Bill

Burlington, N.C., Times-News - Column

April 21, 2015

Leo Lambert, President, Elon University writes: What higher education doesn’t need: Another tax on students and their families. In its continuing efforts to overhaul the way North Carolina funds state government, the Senate has again set its sights on the state’s nonprofit community, with a specific target on hospitals and private colleges and universities. Senate Bill 700 would limit the sales tax exemption for larger nonprofits, requiring those organizations to pay sales tax on most of the goods and services they purchase.

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