Today's News for
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
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NEWS FROM NASFAA
Attendees of the NASFAA Leadership and Legislative Conference
and Expo got to put conference lessons into practice Tuesday, as
they visited Capitol Hill to advocate for student aid. The Hill
visits capped off a few full days of leadership training and
networking, which members NASFAA caught up with hailed as an
exciting and worthwhile experience. When asked her advice for other
financial aid administrators considering coming next year, Kristen
Gibbs from Central Methodist University had just one
recommendation: "Without a doubt, come."
Policymakers looking to improve student loan services should
focus on better educating students and families about financial aid
and debt before they take out loans, according to panelists at an
event Tuesday hosted by American Student Assistance (ASA).
NASFAA's National Conference is your chance to network, learn, catch up with old friends, and make some new ones. You can see who has already registered for the 2015 NASFAA National Conference (currently we have over 950 registrants) on the conference website. Search by last name, state, or school. Check back weekly as the list is updated to maximize your time in New Orleans. Don’t miss having face time with someone who works across the state or the country who shares your financial aid challenges. Register today!
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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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The 2015 FSA Training Conference will be held from December 1 – December 4, 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
"Look closely. Buried deep in President Obama's 2016 budget
(page 41) is a proposal to cut up to 30 questions from the Free
Application For Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA)," NPR reports. "To be clear, the
CSS PROFILE is only used by a small minority of the nation's higher
ed institutions. But it - or forms like it - could become much more
common if lawmakers shorten the FAFSA, says Justin Draeger of the
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
"Caving to declining enrollment numbers and financial obstacles,
two small, private liberal arts colleges announced Tuesday they
will close at the end of this academic year," according
to U.S. News and World Report.
"What if you could reduce student debt by playing an online
trivia game? The idea sounds absurd. But one California-based
company, Givling, is trying to make it a reality. It's a
creative-and slightly bizarre-attempt to tackle the country's
student debt, a problem that has now surpassed $1.2
trillion," Wired reports.
"A lot of parents start worrying about paying for college
education soon after their child is born. After that, there's the
stressful process of applying to colleges, and then, for those
lucky enough to get admitted into a good college, there's college
debt," NPR reports.
"Like their peers across the country, Virginia public
institutions have responded to state funding reductions in recent
years by raising tuition," Inside Higher
"For many students the road to college begins before they ever
set foot on a campus, with filling out a form - a long
one," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
"City University of New York is returning thousands of dollars
to about 150 immigrant students who live illegally in the United
States and overpaid for their tuition," The Associated
"As a student ambassador for Education at Work, Jazmine Reed's
job was to spread the word about the nonprofit organization that
offered jobs to college students," Inside Higher
"Higher education leaders in New Orleans agree that the $143
million cuts to state colleges and universities proposed by Gov.
Bobby Jindal would hurt local schools. At the same time, they
expressed relief that the proposed reductions are far less than the
$300 million figure floated in recent weeks," The
"In an effort to be more 'straight forward' about how much it
costs to attend college, Bloomfield College will adopt a new
pricing structure later this year that lists a single price for
attending the private school, campus officials said
today," NJ Advance Media reports.
"Now is the time of the year that most college and university
boards of trustees meet to set in place what the comprehensive fee
- tuition, fees, room and board - will be for next year. It's a
telling moment for higher education," Brian C. Mitchell writes
for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
"It occurred to me that, compared to other countries,
America's model of higher education is high-risk, high-reward,"
Andrew Kelly writes for Forbes.
Blogs and Think Tanks
"...We have a pipeline problem," Brian C. Mitchell writes
for The Huffington Post's The Blog.
NASFAA CAREER CENTER
- Director of Financial Aid, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Fort Smith, Arkansas
- Director of Financial Aid, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York
- Director, Office of Student Financial Aid, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio