Student Loan Negotiated Rulemaking

The U.S. Department of Education established a negotiated rulemaking committee to develop proposed regulatory language for the federal student loan programs. 

Topics

Based on public input, the Department has develop a preliminary list of topics and issues it hopes to address at the student loan negotiated rulemaking. Additional topics could be added. See preliminary list of topics >> 

Schedule

The committee will meet for three sessions on the following dates: 

  • Session 1: January 9-13
  • Session 2: February 13-17
  • Session 3: March 26-30

Negotiators

The committee is comprised of negotiators representing higher education institutions (including NASFAA members), the student loan industry, students, consumers and Department officials. Complete  list of negotiators >> 

Latest News

Student Loan Negotiators Reach Consensus on 25 Proposed Rulemaking Issues
Negotiators reached consensus on proposed regulatory language Friday on 25 student loan regulatory issues that will now result in two packages of proposed rules to be published in the Federal Register for public comment before promulgation of final rules. Consensus means that there is no dissent by any member of the n...
Negotiators Reach Impasse as Deadline to Reach Consensus Nears
As negotiators neared the end of the three-week long student loan negotiated rulemaking process Thursday, negotiators found themselves at an impasse regarding the annual review process in the income-based repayment program. Today marks the last day for federal and non-federal negotiators to come to a consensus on the ...
ED Works to Provide More Regulatory Clarification on Total and Permanent Disability
Through further refinement of draft regulatory revisions, the Department of Education (ED) continues to work with representatives from schools, guaranty agencies, servicers and student and consumer groups to clarify process issues, documentation and terminology to the rules that govern total and permanent discharges i...
ED to Delay Portions of Student Loan Rulemaking Process
Portions of the current student loan negotiated rulemaking process will be delayed by a technical issue, creating two rulemaking packages, one with a likely effective date of July 2013 and the other with an effective date of July 2014. The Department of Education does plan to make available the proposed rules for publ...
Student Loan Negotiators Seek Further Clarification of Protection for Borrowers in Repayment
The final week of the three-week negotiation process commenced Monday with further discussion on proposed borrower documentation and notification issues for the income-related repayment plans. The student loan committee is negotiating 25 student loan regulatory issues that will now result in two packages of proposed r...
Negotiators Wrap Up Second Week of Deliberating Over Proposed Changes to Student Loan Regulations
Negotiators concluded week two of the student loan negotiated rulemaking process Thursday, with tentative agreement on six issues and pending discussion, recommendations and internal discussion set to take place between now and the committee’s final meeting in March. In the second of three week-long meetings, the stud...
Student Loan Negotiators Push for More Relief for Borrowers in Rehabilitation
Negotiators at the student loan negotiated rulemaking meeting entered an impasse Tuesday over how a borrower’s monthly payment is calculated in Direct Loan or FFEL loan rehabilitation. In the second of three week-long meetings, the student loan committee is negotiating 25 student loan regulatory issues that will ultim...
Negotiators Seek Better Protection for Struggling Borrowers in Federal Repayment Programs
In week two in the student loan negotiated rulemaking process, the Department of Education proposed a number of regulatory changes to make loan repayment a little easier for struggling borrowers. Still, some negotiators representing consumer advocates would like to see more help for borrowers. The student loan committ...
Student Loan Negotiated Rulemaking Issues Could Bring More Consistency to Federal Loan Programs
The student loan negotiated rulemaking committee approved for consideration 25 student loan regulatory issues Thursday, allowing the Department of Education (ED) to draft proposed rule language that will form the basis of negotiation during the second week-long session next month and a final session in March. The ulti...
Student Loan Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Tackles Rehabilitation and Discharge Issues
The student loan negotiated rulemaking committee added three new items to the agenda Wednesday, for a total of 27 issues now scheduled for negotiation, although some may be combined during the course of negotiation. Federal and non-federal negotiators have so far addressed 17 issues in the weeklong regulatory brainsto...
ED Clarifies ICR and IBR changes at Student Loan Negotiating Rulemaking Committee
The student loan negotiated rulemaking committee added two new items to the agenda Tuesday and began discussions on eight of the 24 issues now scheduled for negotiation. This first week of meetings in the process is designed to brainstorm the issues so that the Department of Education (ED) can begin to draft proposed ...
Student Loan Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Proposes Adding More Than 20 Issues to Agenda
The student loan negotiated rulemaking committee kicked-off yesterday with agreement on the protocols, including clarification of the U.S. Department of Education’s consensus rules, and negotiators proposing more than 20 additional topics to be debated in addition to the proposed list of 22 topics.