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Opening Doors: Andrea Velazquez, Illinois Institute of Technology

A financial aid administrator "anchored" undocumented student Andrea Velazquez throughout her entire college career at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Now, thanks to an exciting development, Andrea is intent on helping other students, too.

Behind the Scenes with Blondeen: So Long, Farewell

As you read this blog post I will most likely be heading into the NASFAA office for my last day as the Dallas Martin Fund for Education (DME) Intern. This internship offered the opportunity for me to attend meetings on Capitol Hill, write articles that were featured in Today's News, provide survey data for webinars, edit the 2014 NASFAA National Profile, create presentations to be used by the Policy team, and much more. My time with here with NASFAA has been an invaluable experience that I will cherish and look back to for many years to come.

NASFAA Office Closed September 1 For The Labor Day Federal Holiday

The NASFAA office will be closed on Monday, September 1 for the Labor Day federal holiday. The NASFAA website and other online services will still be available, but NASFAA's Today's News, AskRegs, and technical and membership support will not be available until the office reopens on Tuesday, September 2.

NASFAA Request For Comment: How Does Your Office Help Students Create a Personal Budget?

School's back in session and your office is likely one of the most popular spots on campus for new and returning students! In addition to the traditional role of the aid office, many are seeing a rise in the need to help students create personal budgets and manage their money throughout the semester. NASFAA wants to know: How does your office help these students create personal budgets? Do you have any tips and tricks that have proved useful? We want to hear from you! Email if you'd like to share your experience and advice with your colleagues in an upcoming Today's News article.

Overheard: What Members Say About NASFAA University

"Superb interaction with faculty, very informative videos, good camaraderie with other students; faculty know their material inside and out," said Jason Lum, president of ScholarEdge. Read more testimonials to see what other members have to say about NASFAA University, and get started earning professional credentials for your professional development activities today!


8-28: Upcoming SAIG Message Class File Update

On September 5, 2014, the Department of Education will send the message class "MESSAGTB" via the Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) to all user mailboxes. The EDconnect transmission software will automatically request, download, and import this new message class table with a user’s next connection to the SAIG network.

8-28: Notice of the Draft 2015-2016 Federal Student Aid Application Materials

Draft versions of the proposed 2015-2016 application forms used by individuals applying for federal student aid, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and the Student Aid Report (SAR), are available for public comment.


National News

Your Call: What Do Students And Parents Need To Know Before They Take Out Student Loans?

On August 27, NASFAA's Director of Policy and Federal Relations Megan McClean was a featured guest on San Francisco's KALW Local Public Radio show, "Your Call." Tune in to the recording for McClean's interview and question-and-answer session.

Nonprofit Helps Steer High School Students Past Obstacles To College Success

"At his high school in Tukwila, Washington, [Isaac] Silwal was introduced to Summer Search, a national nonprofit that partners with high schools in seven urban areas on the east and west coasts," Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports.

Anthem Bows Out

"After years of enrollment losses, Anthem Education, a for-profit chain of colleges and career institutes, filed for bankruptcy Monday," Inside Higher Ed reports.

State News

Iowa: College Aid Is Latest Flashpoint In Braley-Ernst Race

"Bruce Braley is using visits to college campuses this week to draw a contrast between himself and U.S. Senate campaign opponent Joni Ernst on higher education access and affordability," The Des Moines Register reports.

Utah: Lawmaker's Proposal Would Offer Free Tuition If Student Can't Finish Degree In 8 Semesters

"A proposal by a Utah lawmaker would offer tuition incentives for completing a bachelor's degree in four years and potentially cover the cost of tuition if a student is forced to enroll for more than eight semesters," the Deseret News reports.


Commentary: The Future Of College Is Not As Bleak As You Think

"Few magazine editors-myself included-can resist a dash of apocalypse in a cover line, which is why I don't fault writer Graeme Wood for the question on the front of this month's Atlantic: 'Is College Doomed?' I'll answer that question anyway: no," Judith Shulevitz writes for the New Republic

Blogs and Think Tanks

Stimulus Law Didn't Protect State Financial Aid

"The federal stimulus law of 2009 had a maintenance-of-effort provision that required states to hold steady the amount they appropriated for public colleges, [according to 'The Role of State Policy in Promoting College Affordability']," The Chronicle of Higher Education's The Ticker blog reports.


$25,000 Grant Will Help Prevent Student Loan Defaults At MSSU

"A $25,000 grant from the Department of Higher Education will help to prevent student loan defaults at Missouri Southern State University," KOAM reports.



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