(a) Comprehensive Policy Required.— The Secretary shall develop a comprehensive policy to improve outreach and transparency to veterans and members of the Armed Forces through the provision of information on institutions of higher learning.
(b) Scope.— In developing the policy required by subsection (a), the Secretary shall include each of the following elements:
(1)Effective and efficient methods to inform individuals of the educational and vocational counseling provided under section
3697A of this title.
(2)A centralized mechanism for tracking and publishing feedback from students and State approving agencies regarding the quality of instruction, recruiting practices, and post-graduation employment placement of institutions of higher learning that—
(A)allows institutions of higher learning to verify feedback and address issues regarding feedback before the feedback is published;
(B)protects the privacy of students, including by not publishing the names of students; and
(C)publishes only feedback that conforms with criteria for relevancy that the Secretary shall determine.
(3)The merit of and the manner in which a State approving agency shares with an accrediting agency or association recognized by the Secretary of Education under subpart 2 of part H of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1099b) information regarding the State approving agency’s evaluation of an institution of higher learning.
(4)Description of the information provided to individuals participating in the Transition Assistance Program under section
1144 of title
10 relating to institutions of higher learning.
(5)Effective and efficient methods to provide veterans and members of the Armed Forces with information regarding postsecondary education and training opportunities available to the veteran or member.
(c) Postsecondary Education Information.—
(1)The Secretary shall ensure that the information provided pursuant to subsection (b)(5) includes—
(A)an explanation of the different types of accreditation available to educational institutions and programs of education;
(B)a description of Federal student aid programs; and
(C)for each institution of higher learning, for the most recent academic year for which information is available—
(i)whether the institution is public, private nonprofit, or proprietary for-profit;
(ii)the name of the national or regional accrediting agency that accredits the institution, including the contact information used by the agency to receive complaints from students;
(iii)information on the State approving agency, including the contact information used by the agency to receive complaints from students;
(iv)whether the institution participates in any programs under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070 et seq.);
(v)the tuition and fees;
(vi)the median amount of debt from Federal student loans under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070 et seq.) held by individuals upon completion of programs of education at the institution of higher learning (as determined from information collected by the Secretary of Education);
(vii)the cohort default rate, as defined in section 435(m) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1085(m)), of the institution;
(viii)the total enrollment, graduation rate, and retention rate, as determined from information collected by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System of the Secretary of Education;
(ix)whether the institution provides students with technical support, academic support, and other support services, including career counseling and job placement; and
(x)the information regarding the institution’s policies related to transfer of credit from other institutions, as required under section 485(h)(1) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1092(h)(1)) and provided to the Secretary of Education under section 132(i)(1)(V)(iv) of such Act (20 U.S.C. 1015a(i)(1)(V)(iv)).
(2)To the extent practicable, the Secretary shall provide the information described in paragraph (1) by including hyperlinks on the Internet website of the Department to other Internet websites that contain such information, including the Internet website of the Department of Education, in a form that is comprehensive and easily understood by veterans, members of the Armed Forces, and other individuals.
(A)If the Secretary of Veterans Affairs requires, for purposes of providing information pursuant to subsection (b)(5), information that has been reported, or information that is similar to information that has been reported, by an institution of higher learning to the Secretary of Education, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Labor, or the heads of other Federal agencies under a provision of law other than under this section, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall obtain the information the Secretary of Veterans Affairs requires from the Secretary or head with the information rather than the institution of higher learning.
(B)If the Secretary of Veterans Affairs requires, for purposes of providing information pursuant to subsection (b)(5), information from an institution of higher learning that has not been reported to another Federal agency, the Secretary shall, to the degree practicable, obtain such information through the Secretary of Education.
(d) Consistency With Existing Education Policy.— In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall ensure that—
(1)the comprehensive policy is consistent with any requirements and initiatives resulting from Executive Order No. 13607; and
(2)the efforts of the Secretary to implement the comprehensive policy do not duplicate the efforts being taken by any Federal agencies.
(e) Communication With Institutions of Higher Learning.— To the extent practicable, if the Secretary considers it necessary to communicate with an institution of higher learning to carry out the comprehensive policy required by subsection (a), the Secretary shall carry out such communication through the use of a communication system of the Department of Education.
(f) Definitions.— In this section:
(1)The term “institution of higher learning” has the meaning given that term in section
3452(f) of this title.
(2)The term “postsecondary education and training opportunities” means any postsecondary program of education, including apprenticeships and on-job training, for which the Secretary of Veterans Affairs provides assistance to a veteran or member of the Armed Forces.
Effective Date of Repeal
Repeal effective 90 days after Dec. 16, 2003, see section 306(h)(2) ofPub. L. 108–183, set out as an Effective Date of 2003 Amendment note under section
3485 of this title.
Repeal of Provisions Relating to Obsolete Education Loan Program
“(a) Termination of Program.—The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may not make a loan under subchapter
III of chapter
36 of title
38, United States Code, after the date of the enactment of this Act [Dec. 16, 2003].
“(b) Discharge of Liabilities.—Effective as of the date of the transfer of funds under subsection (c)—
“(1) any liability on an education loan under subchapter
III of chapter
36 of title
38, United States Code, that is outstanding as of such date shall be deemed discharged; and
“(2) the right of the United States to recover an overpayment declared under section 3698(e)(1) of such title that is outstanding as of such date shall be deemed waived.
“(c) Termination of Loan Fund.—(1) Effective as of the day before the date of the repeal under this section of subchapter
III of chapter
36 of title
38, United States Code [see Effective Date of Repeal note above], all monies in the revolving fund of the Treasury known as the ‘Department of Veterans Affairs Education Loan Fund’ shall be transferred to the Department of Veterans Affairs Readjustment Benefits Account, and the revolving fund shall be closed.
“(2) Any monies transferred to the Department of Veterans Affairs Readjustment Benefits Account under paragraph (1) shall be merged with amounts in that account and shall be available for the same purposes, and subject to the same conditions and limitations, as amounts in that account.”
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