Senator Bill Cassidy talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about his recently introduced College Transparency Act, legislation that would allow prospective students access to information on courses, tuition and fees and loans.

From the website insidehighered.com:

"A bipartisan group of lawmakers last week reintroduced the College Transparency Act, legislation that would produce new data on program-level college student outcomes like graduate earnings and loan repayment.

In place of Senator Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican who retired this year, the bill will be carried by Senator Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican. Other chief co-sponsors of the bill include Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren, South Carolina Republican Tim Scott, and Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse.

A federal ban on student-level data has been in place since 2008, and private colleges in particular continue to hold reservations about a federal data system. But bipartisan momentum has gathered behind the legislation. The bill has 17 co-sponsors, two more than the total in the previous Congress.

Senator Lamar Alexander, the GOP chairman of the Senate education committee, suggested in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute last month that the College Transparency Act was one of several bipartisan bills that could be included in a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act."