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Comment letter sent to U.S. Department of Education about recent guidance on third-party servicers

Apr 4, 2023

On behalf of ACAPT and over 80 other higher education organizations, the American Council on Education (ACE) sent comments to the Department of Education about the February 2023 guidance on third-party servicers.

The comment letter outlines the full range of problems and harmful consequences the guidance presents for colleges and universities and their students.

Based on the letter response, the Department announced it is delaying the effective date of the TPS guidance so they can carefully review and consider revisions to the guidance, noting the “significant and helpful feedback” it received in the form of more than 1000 comments.

In addition, the Department of Education clarified several activities it does not consider third-party servicer relationships, including "clinical or externship opportunities that meet requirements under existing regulations because they are closely monitored by qualified personnel at an institution."

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