An Alabama A&M University administrator says he has received a sustained benefit from participating in a public hearing sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education last spring.
Darryl Jackson, AAMU’s director of student financial aid, attended the
“Negotiated Rulemaking for Higher Education” public hearing on the campus of Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., where he sought to outline the impact on AAMU stemming from changes to the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program.
Jackson told the gathering that from the 2011-12 academic year to the 2012-13 academic year, his office recorded a significant increase in denials of PLUS Loans by 454 students. He attributed the change “directly to the new regulations that govern how PLUS loans are approved” and noted its affordability effect on out-of-state students.
The continued impact, Jackson reported resulted in nearly 400 students who did enroll at AAMU during the subsequent semester, the majority in good academic standing and many just shy of graduation.
Finally, in his presentation at the hearing, Jackson also pointed out another factor in the loss of student numbers—the Pell lifetime eligibility use rule.
- Jerome Saintjones