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Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Congratulations to those elected by their colleagues to serve the association during the 2015-16 program year. Dr. Lisa Blazer was elected to serve as the National Chair for 2016-17 and will serve as National Chair-Elect for 2015-16. Angela K. Johnson, Ellen R. Neel, and Nick Prewett were elected to serve as Representatives-at-Large. We sincerely thank all candidates and members who voted in this year's election.
Welcome to NASFAA's Partners in Policy, a new series in which
we profile colleagues at the associations, foundations, and think
tanks NASFAA works with to advance higher education and
financial aid policies. In this installment, we profile Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation staff members Nick Lee and Sarah
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"The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is used by the
federal government, states and colleges to figure out who gets aid,
and how much," NPR Marketplace reports. "...The
vast majority of students now fill it out online, says Justin
Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial
Aid Administrators. 'Skip logic' technology lets them bypass
questions that don't apply. 'The average student today can complete
the entire FAFSA, start to finish, in 20 minutes,' Draeger
"It's one of the big complaints about college admissions:
Families don't learn a bottom-line price until quite late in the
game. Net-price calculators were supposed to change all
that," The Chronicle of Higher
"The improving economy contributed to a second strong year in a
row for colleges' endowment returns, according to an annual study
released on Thursday," The Chronicle of Higher
"The credit hour is an inadequate unit for measuring student
learning. Yet no better replacement for higher education's gold
standard has emerged, and getting rid of it right now would be
risky," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"Some student loan horror stories are truly awful. ... Family
members may find themselves not just grappling with a death, but
suddenly responsible for their loved one's student loans,"
according to U.S. News & World Report.
"After losing interest in attending the University of Chicago,
high school senior Sarah Schmoller didn't bother to apply before
the Jan. 1 deadline. The university, though, wouldn't take no for
an answer," Bloomberg Business reports.
"Higher ed mavens were taken by surprise earlier this month when
word got out that a controlling stake of Inside Higher
Education, an online publication that covers the industry, was
bought by Quad Partners, a New York private equity firm and an
investor in for-profit
colleges," MainStreet reports.
"Billed as a way to get more low-income high-school graduates
into good jobs, free-college proposals such as the one proposed
recently in the Minnesota Senate have been met with skepticism in
some higher education circles," MPR
"There is no easy way out of student loan debt. The options are
clear: you have to pay it off, participate in a repayment program
that offers some student loan forgiveness after 10 or more years,
or work in a qualifying program for a certain amount of time to get
student loan forgiveness," Robert Farrington writes in
a Forbes opinion piece.
"As part of his State of the Union speech, President Obama
proposed a partnership of federal and state government funding to
make two years of community college free for everyone," Jeffrey
Dorfman writes in an opinion piece for Forbes.
"To the growing catalog of damage caused by the decades-long
run-up in the cost of higher education, we may have to add another
casualty," Mitch Daniels, president of Purdue University, writes in
an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal.
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