U.S. Department of Education Sessions & Ask a Fed

NASFAA is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will join us in Austin. Below is a listing of the sessions offered as well as "Ask a Fed" information.

Ask a Fed

If you would like to discuss Title IV-related questions, such as policy guidance, administrative procedures, operational requirements, etc., stop by the "Ask a Fed" table in Exhibit Hall 4 to talk with an experienced Department of Education staff member. If an answer cannot be determined immediately, every effort will be made to provide an answer via email, during, or shortly after the conference.

  • Sunday, June 24: 5:30 - 7:15 PM
  • Monday,  June 25: 7:45 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday,  June 26: 7:45 AM - 12:30 PM and 2:15 - 3:00 PM


(Please check the online schedule for specific locations.)


Administering Title IV Aid for Transfer Students

8:30 - 9:30 AM

This session will address various issues that arise when administering federal student aid for transfer students. Discussions will cover transfer monitoring and demonstrate how to correctly award and disburse both Federal Pell Grants and Direct Loans in standard term credit-hour, clock-hour, and non-term credit-hour programs. Additionally, presenters will provide example scenarios about what to do when a transfer student withdraws during overlapping payment periods for Federal Pell Grants and Direct Loans.

A Guide to Year-Round Federal Pell Grants

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 allows students to receive Federal Pell Grant funds up to 150 percent of the student's Scheduled Pell Grant Award for an award year. This session will review the statutory provisions and provide case studies examples of awarding year-round Pell (YRP) to students.

Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System Update

3:15 - 4:15 PM

This session will provide an overview of recent and significant modifications to the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) system as well as enhancements and modifications planned for later in the 2018-2019 Award Year cycle.


U.S. Department of Education Federal Update

8:30 - 10:00 AM

Senior officials from the Department of Education (ED) will present information and updates about ED's Title IV activities and initiatives, including information about ED's regulatory efforts.

FAFSA 2018-19 and Beyond

10:15 - 11:15 AM

This session will provide an update on the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), including the mobile version. Basic FAFSA® data will also be shared, along with a look to the future for the FAFSA®.

Direct Loan Reconciliation

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Direct Loan reconciliation is a catch-all term that includes cash management, monthly reconciliation, and annual program year closeout. This session will briefly touch on those requirements and will focus on where we see the most problems and the more common or serious misunderstandings.

Postsecondary Institution Data-Security Overview and Requirements

3:00 - 4:00 PM

As institutions move from the Information Age to the Virtual Age, cyber threats are a certainty.  It isn't a question of "if," but "when" and "how often.”  This presentation discusses the threats, importance of data security, the compliance requirements, and what you can do to protect your data.  Learn how your institution can avoid risks to its federal student aid information.

Return of Title IV Funds: Advanced Concepts

3:00 - 4:00 PM

A basic understanding of Return of Title IV (R2T4) principles is expected for participants in this session as it will explain advanced concepts related to the R2T4 process. Additionally, the session will describe the treatment of modules, non-term programs, and abbreviated loan periods in R2T4 calculations.

Maintaining Your Student Eligibility

4:15 - 5:15 PM

This session will cover what financial aid administrators need to know about maintaining their schools’ eligibility and will include information about recertification and other changes that could impact a school's eligibility to participate in the Title IV programs. The session will also cover what information a school needs to submit for different types of eligibility applications and what events trigger the need to submit an application. Presenters will explain when and how schools should report changes to maintain eligibility.

Publication Date: 5/1/2018

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