Today's News for
Thursday, April 24, 2014
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NEWS FROM NASFAA
Moving to prior-prior year (PPY) tax data in need analysis would
benefit both students and financial aid administrators-and momentum
is building for the shift, presenters concluded Wednesday at an
event hosted by NASFAA on Capitol Hill.
Negotiators reconvened Wednesday for the third session of the
Department of Education's 2013-14 Program Integrity and
Improvement negotiated rulemaking, where state authorization
of distance education programs dominated the conversation.
NASFAA's Student Aid Index, now available in beta form, provides links directly to the statutory authority, regulations, and relevant Federal Student Aid handbook volumes and chapters -- including those on awarding campus-based aid and packaging aid. A number of links to related NASFAA publications and articles are also provided, including a link to the AskRegs Knowledgebase (where you can search or browse for answers to regulatory and compliance questions), CORE instructional materials, an Award Letter How-to Guide, and a resources guide for assessing regulatory requirements. Want to learn more about the Index? Visit www.nasfaa.org/index to view the 1.5 minute video and read testimonials from your colleagues.
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"For one student, the difference was a financial-aid officer who
took the time to draw him out about personal problems that were
derailing his studies. The strategies that their small, private
colleges took to help those low-income students succeed took center
stage on Wednesday at a three-day conference highlighting a group
that isn't used to being in the spotlight," The Chronicle
of Higher Education reports.
"[W]hile crowdfunding is still a radically new idea in student
finance, Upstart's new product announced today is fairly
traditional: A short-term, medium-interest loan that young people
can use for class, or even to refinance credit card debt or finance
special projects," the Silicone Valley Business
"Instead of asking students to buy a textbook from a major
publishing company, [South Florida Community College student
Caitlin] Ryen's professor assigned a free digital textbook that he
customized for the class. Ryen's professor, Erik Christensen,
began exploring the format in 2007, when a student asked to borrow
a textbook because he couldn't afford one," CNN
"The proportion of Americans with college and university degrees
continues to rise slowly, according to new figures, and young
adults in particular are picking up the pace of earning academic
degrees," Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
"Davis College will introduce a program this fall to help
incoming students pay off their loans after graduation. The
Christian college in Johnson City will introduce FLEX - Financial
Liberty Exercised - for incoming students. FLEX provides assistance
to students and parents and will help with loan repayment after
graduation if students do not meet specified income
thresholds," Press Connects reports.
"Language in the [DREAM Act] regarding out-of-state tuition
exemptions for students meeting certain requirements has been
removed from bill proposals, but there are several states
throughout the country that have adopted and passed their own
versions with nonresident tuition exemptions. Utah is one of
them," The Park Record reports.
"Missouri lawmakers have only a few weeks to decide whether to
expand a college scholarship for top students in an effort to
employ them in the state after graduation," the Columbia
Daily Tribune reports.
Blogs and Think Tanks
"U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is one half of the legislative duo who recently introduced a bill designed to ease the pain of repaying college costs by bringing in Wall Street. Yet, this is another typical Beltway response -- treat the symptom with a legislative Band Aid when what is needed is a major surgery on the entire structure of higher education to cut the exorbitant cost of higher education," Munir Moon, author of The Beltway Beast, writes in The Huffington Post's The Blog.
"Although the decision didn't directly address the
constitutionality of race-conscious admissions policies, the
dissenting opinion, written by Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor, cited
student-demographic data as proof that the ban, which went into
effect in 2008, has adversely affected minority enrollment and
diversity at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor," The
Chronicle of Higher Education's Data Points reports.
NASFAA CAREER CENTER
- Assistant Vice President for Student Financial Aid, Baylor University, Texas, 76706
- Director, Financial Aid, College of the Sequoias, Visalia, California
- Financial Aid Officer, Confidential, Los Angeles, California, 90001