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College Disclosure Requirements

due to the borrower to repay the defaulted loan. In addition, Education may require employers who employ individuals who have defaulted on a student loan to deduct 15 percent of the borrower’s disposable pay toward repayment of the debt. Garnishment may continue until the entire balance of the outstanding loan is paid.

In order to be an educational institution that is eligible to receive Title IV funds, Education statutes and regulations require that each institution make certain information readily available upon request to enrolled and prospective students.8 Institutions may satisfy their disclosure requirements by posting the information on their Internet Web sites. Information to be provided includes: tuition, fees, and other estimated costs; the institution’s refund policy; the requirements and procedures for withdrawing from the institution; a summary of the requirements for the return of Title IV grant or loan assistance funds; the institution’s accreditation information; and the institution’s completion or graduation rate. If a college substantially misrepresents information to students, a fine of no more than $25,000 may be imposed for each violation or misrepresentation and their Title IV eligibility status may be suspended or terminated.9 In addition, the FTC prohibits “unfair methods of competition” and “unfair or deceptive acts or practices” that affect interstate commerce.

820 U.S.C. § 1092 and 34 C.F.R. §§ 668.41 -.49.

920 U.S.C. § 1094 (c) (3) and 34 C.F.R. §§ 668.71 - .75. Additionally, Education has recently proposed new regulations that would enhance its oversight of Title IV eligible institutions, including provisions related to misrepresentation and aggressive recruiting practices. See 75 Fed. Reg. 34,806 (June 18, 2010).

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