On August 30, 2019, the U.S. Department of Education released the unofficial version of its new Borrower Defense to Repayment (BDR) rule, along with a brief overview of the regulation. The official version is expected to arrive in the Federal Register in the coming days.
The Department’s new BDR rule, which becomes effective on July 1, 2020, and applies to all institutions that participate in the federal financial aid programs, introduces the following important changes:
Thompson Coburn’s Higher Education Practice will host two, back-to-back, 90-minute webinars examining the impact of the new rule. The second webinar, to be held on Tuesday, September 24, will focus on the revised financial responsibility rules, updates to the closed school and false certification discharge provisions, and the Department’s new approach to the use of pre-dispute arbitration and class action waivers.
The webinars will be led by Aaron Lacey, leader of Thompson Coburn’s Higher Education practice, host of the firm’s popular Higher Education Webinar Series, and editorial director of REGucation, the firm’s higher education law and policy blog. In 2018, Aaron served the U.S. Department of Education as one of 17 primary negotiators charged with creating the new BDR rule. The Department appointed Aaron to represent and negotiate on behalf of general counsels, attorneys, and compliance officers at institutions of higher education nationwide.
Approved for 1.8 hours of general CLE credit in Missouri
Approved for 1.5 hours of general CLE credit in California and Illinois
*Please note that this is a 90-minute webinar
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