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Today's News for Friday, February 27, 2015 
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Report: Early Commitment Programs Can Boost Enrollment Rates of Pell Students

An early commitment program may increase the enrollment rates of Pell Grant recipients by approximately 4 percentage points, though it would cost an additional $1.5 billion per cohort to the federal government, according to a recent study in the Journal of Higher Education.

Awards Submission Deadline Extended

Every year, NASFAA recognizes outstanding members and other higher education stakeholders for their achievements and contributions to financial aid. Starting this year, members can nominate individuals to receive the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award for their contribution to financial aid literature. Also, be sure to submit your project for a Gold Star Award, which recognizes innovations in the financial aid arena at any level, targeted toward any constituency. Award winners will be announced at the 2015 NASFAA Conference, July 19-22, in New Orleans, LA.

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2-26: Upcoming SAIG Message Class File Update

On March 6, 2015, the Department will send the message class "MESSAGTB" via the Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) to all user mailboxes.


Correction Notice: Personal Authentication Service (PAS) for FSA ID

On February 23, 2015 the U.S. Department of Education published a 30-day comment period notice in the Federal Register Pages 9447, Column 3; Page 9448, Column 1 and 2 seeking public comment for an information collection entitled, “Personal Authentication Service (PAS) for FSA ID”. ED is requesting a correction to the agency contact information, total estimated number of annual responses, total estimated number of annual burden hours and the abstract.


National News

Financial Aid For Undocumented Students No Longer Discussed In Hushed Tones

"For years, it was information shared only in whispers. An undocumented student, bright and educated, wanted to go to college, and a precious few universities were willing, very quietly, to help them pay for it," The New York Times reports.

On My Own: How The 12 Percent Pays For College

"Financing a college education - regardless of socioeconomic standing - is no easy task," USA TODAY reports.

Putting A Dent In College Costs With Open-Source Textbooks

"College students could save an average of $128 a course if traditional textbooks were replaced with free or low-cost 'open-source' electronic versions, a new report finds," The New York Times reports.

State News

Massachusetts Lawmakers Ask For More State Money To Make Higher Education Affordable

"The top Massachusetts lawmakers dealing with higher education are asking for a huge influx of state money into the state's higher education system," reports.


Opinion: College Ratings Plan Not The Answer

"Do engineers matter more than the science teachers who fired their imaginations? Are accounting majors more valuable to our society than someone studying theology? Should a university receive less financial aid because their students choose humanitarian service instead of high paying jobs? How can these incomparables be measured - and should we try?" Reps. Michael Capuano (D-MA) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) write in an opinion piece for The Hill.

Opinion: The House Wants Meaningful Education Reforms

"It's not easy for the average family to ensure that their child receives a quality education. And the federal government is not making it any easier," Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) writes in an opinion piece for the National Review.

Opinion: U.S. Should Aid Millennials Struggling With Debt

"The government could write down some of the millennials' debt, or let them more easily wipe out debt in bankruptcy, and it could replace those obligations with its own, cheaper debt," Noah Smith writes in an opinion piece for

Blogs and Think Tanks

NASFAA Task Force Report: Servicing Issues

"A recent report from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) made recommendations to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on ways to improve federal student loan servicing," New America's Postsecondary National Policy Institute reports.

Higher Education For The Future: Plan B - Where Art Thou?

"Recently, Dr. Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California (UC) system, in presenting the 37th Pullias Lecture at the Pullias Center for Higher Education at USC, argued passionately that the state's Governor, legislators and voters need to recognize 'the unique role research universities have played in making California a bastion of innovation and a world leader in its own right,'" Ricardo Azziz, president of Georgia Regents University, writes in The Huffington Post's The Blog.



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