Today's News for
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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NEWS FROM NASFAA
NASFAA President Justin Draeger testified before members of
Congress yesterday about the association's proposals for
strengthening the Pell Grant Program, including the "Pell Promise,"
"Pell Well," and "Super Pell" concepts. The Dec. 3, 2013
hearing of the House Subcommittee for Higher Education and
Workforce Training discussed "Keeping College Within Reach:
Strengthening Pell Grants for Future Generations" in advance of the
upcoming Higher Education Act reauthorization. If you missed it,
you can watch archived
footage of the testimony on NASFAA's website.
The Standards of Excellence (SOE) Review Program is currently accepting applications for institutional reviews for the 2013-14 academic year. Simply complete the online form and the SOE administrator will contact you with a no-obligation cost estimate, as well as answer any questions you have about the program. For more information, including the many benefits of an SOE review, please visit the website, hear about the process from a peer review team leader, or contact the program administrator at email@example.com.
NASFAA's Career Center is the definitive career resource for financial aid professionals! The Center offers free job searching and resume posting, as well as discounted job posting rates and special offers for NASFAA members. New features include easier navigation with quick links to jobs by state or function and links to current NASFAA Career Center promotions. Get more visibility when you upgrade your job posting to Preferred status – your posting will appear on the new Career Center home page as featured job in addition to appearing at the top of the job listing!
"Students during the 2011-12 academic year paid, on average, higher immediate out-of-pocket costs to attend public and private colleges than their counterparts in 2007-8, according to a new federal report released Tuesday," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"College hopefuls might think getting good grades and activities
are the only barriers between them and the school of their dreams,
but for many students, the Free Application for Financial Student
Aid is one, too," Kansas InfoZine reports.
"For-profit Caribbean medical schools that don't have access to
U.S. federal loans are finding a way around the rules: Encouraging
some students to enroll simultaneously in online master's programs
at U.S. universities," Bloomberg
"A majority of young Americans say student debt is a major issue facing the nation, a new poll finds, and many blame colleges for the problem," The Huffington Post reports.
"Experts on higher education lending urged House lawmakers today
to adopt a series of fixes for the Pell grant
system," Talk Radio News
Service reports. "The grant currently serves nine
million students, according to National Association of Student
Financial Aid Administrators President and CEO Justin Draeger, who
testified at a hearing held by a House Education and the Workforce
"Nearly 20 years ago, Congress ended a notable federal effort to
support higher education behind bars," The Washington
Blogs and Think Tanks
"The average price of attending a four-year public college or
university jumped $1,700 between 2008 and 2012 and by $3,900 for a
four-year private school, according to report released Tuesday by
the U.S. Department of Education," The Wall Street
Journal's Real Time Economics reports.
"Two weeks ago the U.S. Department of Education held meetings to
discuss a proposal that would hold career programs accountable for
not providing students with gainful employment in a recognized
occupation. Those conversations dealt in part with a new
accountability metric known as the student loan portfolio repayment
rate," according to the New America Foundation's In The
NASFAA CAREER CENTER