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NASFAA Task Force Report on Campus-Based Allocations Now Available

The final report from NASFAA’s Campus-Based Aid Allocation Task Force is out with Board-approved recommendations for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work-Study (FWS), and Perkins Loan programs. NASFAA's Board of Directors charged the task force with building on the recommendations of NASFAA’s Reauthorization Task Force to make the allocation formula more accurate and equitable and to reflect the comparative extent of the need of the student populations across institutions. While everyone agrees the most ideal situation would be to have an increase in funding, the task force moved forward under the premise that dramatic increases in the campus-based programs are unlikely in the near future.

Members Begin Work On Association Management Track

NASFAA’s Association Management Pathway Task Force has begun work planning the Association Management Pathway to be offered at the 2015 Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo. The pathway trains current and up-and-coming state and regional association leaders, and those who aspire to such positions, on how to manage their associations. Twenty percent of the regional representatives on the task force are new NASFAA volunteers. Please send any comments or questions about the task force’s work to

Sneak Peek - Overview Of The Financial Aid Programs Self-Study Guide

View Lesson #1 from the Overview of the Financial Aid Programs Self-Study Guide for free by going to the NASFAA University Self-Study Guides page, scrolling down, and clicking on the image of the Self-Study Guide cover with the orange "Sneak Peak" banner. Designed for the independent learner, Self-Study Guides include multiple lessons with a variety of exercises to reinforce the learning process. NASFAA University Self-Study Guides are available for purchase in our online store, or receive unlimited free access when you sign up as a Value-Plus Member.


8-27: Reminder -- October 1, 2014 Deadline for Submitting FISAP

This is a reminder of the upcoming deadline for submitting the Fiscal Operations Report for 2013-2014 and the Application to Participate for 2015-2016 (FISAP) for the Federal Perkins Loan (Perkins Loan), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and Federal Work-Study (FWS) programs.


Notice: 2015-2016 FAFSA Comment Request

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection.


National News

The White House Plans To Rate Your College - Here's What You Need To Know

"A year ago, the Obama administration released a plan to make college more affordable. One of the most controversial elements: develop a federal college rating system and then convince Congress to tie money for student aid directly to a school's score," PBS NewsHour reports.

Colleges Warm Up To Tuition Freezes To Keep Students In-State

"State legislatures across the country are supporting [tuition] freezes, though mostly one year at a time. This fall, university systems in 16 states are holding tuition flat for in-state students at most or all of their campuses," PBS NewsHour  reports.

State News

Colorado: College Students, Counselors Would Welcome Shorter Financial Aid Form

"Sharing stories about parents who don't cooperate and costly mistakes, college students and counselors talked Tuesday with U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet about his plans to simplify the way students apply for financial aid," The Denver Post reports.

California: Dreamers Shouldn't Get State Aid, Taxpayer Says

"The University of California is breaking federal law by allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition and apply for state-funded financial aid programs under California's Dream Act, a taxpayer claims in court," Courthouse News Service reports.

Pennsylvania: Scholarship Program Aims To Help Middle-Income Students

"Legislators and experts gathered at York College Tuesday to discuss the implementation of the Ready to Succeed Scholarship program administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency," The York Daily Record  reports.

California Community Colleges Set Completion Rate Goal

"The California community college system on Wednesday announced a goal to produce 227,247 more certificates, degrees and transfer students in its next 10 incoming freshman classes," Inside Higher Ed reports.


Letter: Free College Education In New Jersey

"New Jersey should become the first state in the nation to implement a free four-year college system," according to a Times of Trenton Letter to the Editor.

Opinion: Metro State President: Put Students First In Funding Higher Ed

"Actions often speak louder than words, and the recent politically motivated actions of some higher education insiders are so overwhelmingly loud that I cannot even hear echoes of the Colorado General Assembly's words," Stephen Jordan, president of Metropolitan State University of Denver, writes for The Denver Post.




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