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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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NEWS FROM NASFAA
A decade after they were high school sophomores, 84 percent of participants in a longitudinal study had completed at least some higher education -- but many had not earned a degree or credential.
Attention all creative minds with an interest in financial
aid policy! During the 2015 NASFAA Conference in New Orleans, a small group of passionate thinkers will be invited to participate in The Big Idea: NASFAA's Policy Challenge. It will be a game show-style event where financial aid administrators, researchers
and other interested stakeholders will have the chance to present their innovative policy ideas to reform and improve federal student aid programs and policies. NASFAA members and non-members alike are encouraged to apply. Read on to learn more about the prizes and the application process.
Attend an in-person training event near you using NASFAA CORE Training Materials and pre-qualify to sit for select NASFAA University Credential Tests at no additional charge! View the schedule and register for one of the remaining events in 2014-15 and qualify to start earning your professional credentials.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The Department has determined that many schools are misreporting (1) academic year dates to the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System and (2) program length to both COD and to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).
The Department announces the posting of EDExpress for Windows 2015-2016, Release 2.0, on the Department’s Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site, located at https://www.fsadownload.ed.gov.
The Department announces the posting of a service release update for EDExpress for Windows 2014-2015, Release 3.0, on the Department’s Federal Student Aid Download (FSAdownload) Web site, located at https://www.fsadownload.ed.gov.
"As the deadline for the reauthorization of the Higher Education
Act (HEA) approaches, the conversation around what programs ought
to see the most benefit from it will continue to intensify,"
according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
"Too soon, you plead? And: Must we already? Well, yes. The 2016
presidential campaigns are officially underway," according
to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
"Presidential candidates already are expounding on higher
education, which is shaping up to be a campaign
issue," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"Ohio's governor and key state legislators agree that college
affordability is a priority, although they are offering different
approaches," The Associated Press reports.
"One of the biggest pain points in American personal finance
today involves student loans," Robert Farrington writes in an
opinion piece for Forbes.
Blogs and Think Tanks
"Congress is in the initial stages of rewriting federal higher
education policy. ... The time is ripe for an overhaul of our
nation's system of financing college," James Patterson, president
and CEO of TG, writes in The Hill's Congress
Blog. "A new study conducted by TG, the nonprofit organization
I lead, and the National Association of Student Financial Aid
Administrators has identified two key problems with the existing
student counseling program."
"Have student loans and want a $10,000 raise? The Student Loan
Repayment Program, offered through both the House and Senate, can
shoulder the student loan burden for up to $10,000 per staff member
per year," according to Roll Call's Hill
"I am the baby of my immediate family, but the first to take the
leap to attend college," Jennifer Damouras, a student at Western
New England University, writes in The Huffington
Post's The Blog.
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