ADDRESSING Student Loan Crisis, Making Textbooks Cheaper, And Protecting Student Privacy 

Student Privacy – HB1

Governor Northam Signs Bill Protecting Student Privacy

Governor Northam signed HB1 introduced by Delegate Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg) to protect student privacy by prohibiting colleges and universities from releasing student directory information to third parties without the permission of the student. Students and families have the reasonable expectation that their personal information will not be inappropriately shared with outside groups. In the most recent Virginia21 survey, more than 80% of students and young professionals surveyed stated that third parties should not be allowed to access personal directory information. Virginia21 is committed to protecting Virginia’s students and are encouraged by the steps taken by the legislature and the administration.

Student Loan Ombudsman – HB1138/SB394

Governor Northam Signs Bill to Address Student Debt Crisis

Governor Northam signed HB1138/SB394 introduced by Delegate Marcia “Cia” Price (D-Newport News) and Senator Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) establishing the Office of the Qualified Loan Ombudsman. The student loan ombudsman will help borrowers navigate the student loan process and will be responsible for creating a borrower education course. Virginia21 recognizes that education current and future borrowers  is an important step in addressing the student loan crisis.