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NASFAA Members Advocate For Student Aid On Capitol Hill

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." 

FAFSA Simplification, Better Education Needed To Improve Student Lending, Panelists Say

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).

Who’s Going to New Orleans? Check the National Conference Attendee List

NOLA TNNASFAA'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!

Submit Award Nominations By Noon EST This Friday

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.

Use The Index, Not Your Internet Search Bar

If you've been using the Student Aid Index, you may have noticed you're spending a lot less time searching for student aid terms in your web browser. The simple and intuitive online tool directly connects you to resources, regulations, definitions, and more. Stop Googling and start using the Student Aid Index today!


3-03: 2015 FSA Training Conference for Financial Aid Professionals

The 2015 FSA Training Conference will be held from December 1 – December 4, 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.


National News

Shrink The FAFSA? Good Luck With That

"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 (NASFAA)."

Two Private Liberal Arts Colleges Will Shut Down

"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.

An Online Game That'll Help You Pay Off Your Student Debt

"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.

Prepare For 'The End Of College': Here's What Free Higher Ed Looks Like

"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.

State News

Socioeconomic Gaps In Virginia Higher Ed

"Like their peers across the country, Virginia public institutions have responded to state funding reductions in recent years by raising tuition," Inside Higher Ed reports.

Georgia: Parents, Students Welcome Proposals For Simpler Financial Aid Form

"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.

New York: CUNY Refunds Tuition To Some Immigrants

"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 Press reports.

Ohio: Call Center Lessons

"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 Ed reports.

New Orleans Higher Education Leaders React To Bobby Jindal's Budget Proposal

"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 Times-Picayune reports.

New Jersey: Bloomfield College To Simplify Tuition, Offer 'One Cost' For Attendance

"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.


Commentary: Band-aid Solutions To College Deficits

"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.

Commentary: America's High-Risk, High-Reward Higher Education System

"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

Why Transfer Agreements Don't Work In Higher Education

"...We have a pipeline problem," Brian C. Mitchell writes for The Huffington Post's The Blog.




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