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Credit Reporting Updates for 2017 - Reporting Agencies Launch a New Website

June 20, 2017

On June 9, 2017, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion launched a new website,, to inform and update consumers about the implementation of the National Consumer Assistance Plan. This plan was initiated by the credit reporting agencies (CRAs) to improve the accuracy of credit reports and make it easier for consumers to correct any errors. Changes in the National Consumer Assistance Plan include...Read Full Story >>

Special Alert: Perkins Loan Extension Act of 2017 Introduced by Bipartisan Group

May 18, 2017

​On May 17, 2017, Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), Mark Pocan (D-WI-02) Louise Slaughter (D-NY-25), John Duncan (R-TN-02), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27) and Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA-11) introduced the Perkins Loan Extension Act of 2017 – bipartisan legislation to extend the Perkins Loan Program for two years. The Federal Perkins Loan is a popular and efficient campus-based financial aid program, which supports access to higher education by providing low-interest loans to students in need. Read the full story >>

ACE Infographic Highlights the Federal Perkins Loan Program

August 8, 2016

​A new infographic by ACE's Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS), “The Federal Perkins Loan Program” is the latest installment in CPRS’ Higher Ed Spotlight series that covers relevant and timely issues of interest to higher education stakeholders. Read the full story >>

Perkins Loan Set to Expire in 2017. What’s Next?

July 14, 2016

The Perkins Loan Program is the nation’s oldest and most established student loan program. In 2015, the Perkins Loan Program temporarily expired. However, it was revived, with some small prerequisites and in 2017 The Perkins Loan Program will again face expiration. Read the full story >>

Unpaid Tickets & Traffic Violations Are No Longer Reportable to Credit Agencies

June 30, 2016

Due to new regulations, government agencies may no longer report a motorist's unpaid traffic tickets or parking citations. Likewise, similar business entities will be unable to have involuntary transactions such as library fees or fines reported to the bureaus. Read full story >>

Senate Commerce Committee Examines TCPA at 25-Year Mark

May 19, 2016

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation convened a hearing May 18 to examine the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a law designed to protect consumers from unwanted calls which was written some 25 years ago. A full summary is included as a special attachment with this COHEAO Spark. Read full story >>

FCC Chairman Previews Proposed Regulations for Implementing New TCPA Exemptions

March  15,  2016

A recent letter from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler describes the regulations being considered by the FCC for implementing new Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) exemptions for calls made to collect federal debts. Read full story >>