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Postsecondary Education Outcome Measures: ED, DOD, and VA

Public Law 112-249: Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans

‘‘(a) COMPREHENSIVE POLICY REQUIRED.—The Secretary of Veteran Affairs 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:

‘‘(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 of Veterans Affairs shall ensure that the information provided pursuant to subsection (b)(5) includes—

‘‘(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;