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Study: Parents' Higher Education Expectations For Their Students Often Exceed Their Own Accomplishments

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.

Only 10 Days Left To Submit Your Application For The Big Idea: NASFAA’s Policy Challenge

Bigidea_tnAttention 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.

States & Regions – NASFAA U Benefits For You And Your Members

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.


4-20: 150% Direct Subsidized Loan Limit: Electronic Announcement #17 - School Misreporting of Data to COD and NSLDS

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).

4-17: Availability of EDExpress for Windows 2015-2016, Release 2.0

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

4-17: Availability of Service Release Update for EDExpress for Windows 2014-2015, Release 3.0

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


National News

Continuing Pell Grant Program A Key Goal For Many Groups

"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.

And They're Off (Sigh)

"Too soon, you plead? And: Must we already? Well, yes. The 2016 presidential campaigns are officially underway," according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Rubio's Opening Salvo

"Presidential candidates already are expounding on higher education, which is shaping up to be a campaign issue," Inside Higher Ed reports.

State News

Ohio Politicians Working On Lowering College Costs

"Ohio's governor and key state legislators agree that college affordability is a priority, although they are offering different approaches," The Associated Press reports.


Opinion: Understanding Obama's Student Loan Bill Of Rights

"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

Financial Education Fix For Student Loan Crisis

"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."

Hill Staffer Student Loan Perk Comes With Caveats

"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 Navigator.

My Challenges As A First-Generation College Student

"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'The Blog.



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