Today's News for
Friday, August 22, 2014
For nearly 30 years, Inceptia/NSLP has been developing
and providing solutions schools need to help their students
succeed. We have worked with over two million students and 5,500
schools, providing services including financial education and
default prevention services. As a non-profit our focus is helping
students, their families, and institutions.
NEWS FROM NASFAA
In a June Memorandum President Obama announced that, in addition
to expanding the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) repayment option, improving
loan counseling was chief among the administration's priorities.
Obama tasked the Secretary of Education-- and Secretary of the
Treasury, where appropriate-- with developing and implementing new
strategies to get information about repayment options into the
hands of the students who need it most. Over the last 10 months,
the Department of Education's (ED) office of Federal Student Aid
and the White House's Social and Behavioral Sciences Team have been
working on an email campaign to do just that.
As my time with NASFAA comes to a close, I’ve been able to travel and reflect on my growth a bit. I’ve taken a few trips around the NASFAA office and met with staff members in order to get a better sense of how this well-oiled machine works. In addition to this, I had the opportunity to write a news article for Today’s News on the Student Loan Portfolio, so keep an eye out for that early next week. Check out my NASFAA Facebook album for some pictures I took over the weekend or have a look back at past issues of Behind the Scenes with Blondeen.
Author Gabriel Serna digs into gainful employment regulation — and analysis it may lack — in a new Journal of Student Financial Aid article, "The 'Gainful Employment Rule' and Student Loan Defaults: How the Policy Frame Overlooks Important Normative Implications." "Given the great deal of attention focused on loan default rates and debt incurred by students at for-profit institutions, it is important to understand how the policy frame misses some rather important normative concerns," Serna writes. Dive into his points by reading the full article.
This past year was action-packed for NASFAA and our members! Relive the good times with "2013-14: A Year in Review," the slideshow that debuted at the NASFAA National Conference in Nashville. Set to a toe-tapping tune, it's a fun way to review state and regional events and accomplishments throughout the year, and to try to spot yourself, your friends, and your colleagues!
"As the population of prospective college students becomes more
diverse, efforts to expand their opportunities have come from not
only advocacy groups and researchers, but also the White
House," The Chronicle of Higher
"Trustees at many American colleges and universities abandoned
the public trust and allowed standards to slip even as costs soared
and public confidence in higher education declined, a report says,"
according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
"There will be fewer first-time and transfer students in the
University of Maine System this fall, but more of them are coming
from outside the state and paying higher tuition - good news for
the cash-strapped system," the Portland Press
"Michigan's tuition assistance programs largely leave older
students out of luck, according to a report from the Michigan
League for Public Policy," MLive reports.
"8 News NOW has received letters from students at
the Milan Institute, a for-profit trade school, who are concerned
about financial aid money which involves tax dollars," 8
News NOW reports.
"By one key measurement, more than one-third of Umpqua Community
College's ex-students have defaulted on student
loans," The News-Review reports.
"In most four-year college strategic plans, there is a
good-faith statement calling for increasing diversity as an
institutional goal. There are good - even noble - reasons for doing
so," Dr. Brian C. Mitchell writes for Diverse: Issues in
NASFAA CAREER CENTER
- Director of Financial Aid, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey
- Warrior Hub Director, Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota
- Counselor, Colorado State University - Student Financial Services, Fort Collins, Colorado
- Application Support Analyst - Financial Aid, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, Illinois