Today's News for
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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NEWS FROM NASFAA
A little-noticed proposal from President Obama, included in
the supporting materials for last week's State of the
Union address but not mentioned in the speech itself, would
eliminate 27 questions on the Free Application for Federal Student
The Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee is holding a hearing in late February to examine the effects administrative burden has on schools and students. If you are your institution's primary NASFAA contact, yesterday you should have received a follow up email from us with a link to the 30-minute survey. We’ve extended the deadline to complete the administrative burden survey to Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Answers will help inform policymakers and influence conversation during the upcoming hearing. Data will be published in the aggregate and individual institutions will not be identified. Again, please refer to your email for the link.
If you have significant financial aid experience and enjoy sharing your wisdom with others, volunteer your services using NASFAA's online Speaker and Mentor Directory. Simply log in to your myNASFAA profile, scroll down to click “Edit,” navigate to the Demographic Information tab, and scroll down to the “Speaker/Mentor Directory Listing.” Once you complete your profile, your information will be saved in the NASFAA database and you can update it any time. Users can search for a) mentors to financial aid administrators, b) mentors to high school guidance counselors, c) speakers for financial aid meetings or training events, and d) speakers for high school events. If you are ready to add your name and expertise, please log in to your profile now.
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"Online education can 'bend the cost curve' of an undergraduate
degree, according to a working paper from the National Bureau of
Economic Research, but whether the lower tuition is caused by a
boost in productivity -- as opposed to more competition -- is still
undetermined," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"Undergraduates who are in the United States illegally face
numerous challenges in their pursuit of a higher education,
including anxieties about paying for college, fears of deportation,
and worries about being accepted on campuses, according to a report
released on Monday by the University of California at Los
Angeles," The Chronicle of Higher
"Competency-based education is in vogue - even though most
people have never heard of it, and those who have can't always
agree on what it is," NPR reports.
"The process of taking out student loans can be nerve-racking,
but the reality of paying those loans back can be downright
sobering-especially when a looming, large number suddenly becomes
very real during the repayment period," The
"Senator Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican who now leads
the Senate committee with oversight of higher education programs,
has launched an effort to trim needless federal regulation, and
many college leaders are drawing up lists of rules they think can
be discarded," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"There's often a cold rain falling when I drive out to
financial-aid nights in rural North Carolina. They're held in the
depths of winter, right about the time high-school seniors start
thinking in earnest about college, and that means a lot of
storm-soaked evenings," Eric Johnson, who works in student-aid
communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
writes in an opinion piece for The Chronicle of Higher
"On one thing President Obama and Gov. Cuomo are agreed: The
answer to high tuition and crushing student debt is more money from
the government," The New York Post says in an
"President Obama's proposal to make the first two years of
community college free is a bold call to boost higher education
access and affordability," The Denver Post says
in an editorial.
Blogs and Think Tanks
"The cost to achieve the American Dream continues to head higher
for college-bound students," The Motley
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