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Today's News for Tuesday, September 16, 2014 
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Sec. Duncan Issues Letter With DACA Information, Resources

In a letter issued last week, Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan provided educators with information and resources about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since the program began in 2012, over 580,000 young people have received DACA, many of whom are now able to request consideration for renewal. For more on DACA, check out the article Angela D. Adams, former director in the Immigration Practice Group at Lewis & Kappes, P.C., penned for NASFAA's Student Aid Perspectives  series back in Dec. 2012.

What Is Your School Doing To Commemorate Constitution Day And Remain Title IV Eligible?

Each year on September 17, also known as Constitution Day, higher education institutions must offer educational programs about the Constitution in order to remain eligible for Title IV funding. Fortunately, the law and accompanying regulations are incredibly flexible, resulting in a diversity of educational events at campuses that is matched only by the diversity of institutions in the U.S. How does your institution commemorate Constitution Day in order to remain in compliance with the law? Tell us in the comments section!

Extra Help For Financially-Needy Transfer Students Approved

A new fee waiver could eliminate one small cost for financially-needy students who are transferring between institutions, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) announced Monday.

Earn Your Campus-Based Programs Credential

Be one of the first to earn a Campus-Based Programs Credential from NASFAA University! For the first time ever NASFAA U will offer an online course on the campus-based programs. The course and credential test will focus on options for using funds, including transferring funds between programs and carry forward/carry back provisions, awarding criteria for FSEOG, the community service requirements for Federal Work-Study, and the disclosure and counseling requirements, as well as repayment features, for the Federal Perkins Loan. Class starts today!

Submit Interest Session Proposals For The 2015 National Conference By Oct. 31

Help us gear up for our conference in The Big Easy! NASFAA’s 2015 Conference Program Task Force is requesting interest session proposals for the 2015 NASFAA National Conference, set for July 19 - 22, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, LA. Check out the guidelines for submitting a proposal for a 60-minute interest session, then use the online submission form to submit your session. The Task Force is seeking session proposals on the following topics: Compliance, Enrollment & Retention, Graduate and Professional Issues, Leadership/Managers, and Research & Data Analysis.


National News

New 11-University Alliance Plans Efforts To Help Graduate More Needy Students

"Eleven public research universities around the country that enroll some of the most economically and racially diverse student bodies in the nation have formed a collaboration aimed at increasing the numbers of low-income students who start and graduate from college," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

Private Lender Enters Nascent Federal Student-Loan-Refinancing Market

"With Sen. Elizabeth A. Warren's student-loan-refinancing bill stalled in the Senate, a bank with New England roots is giving some borrowers a break on their federal loans," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

Claiborne Pell's Daughter Leads Drive To Restore College Aid Grants For Inmates

"It's like Dallas Pell went back to the family home and found a hole in the roof. And she wants to fix it," the Providence Journal reports.

Even With GOP Senate Takeover, Education Plan Could Stall

"Sen. Lamar Alexander has a plan to overhaul the education system if he becomes chairman of the Senate's education committee next year, starting with rewriting the divisive No Child Left Behind act and moving to create more school vouchers and deregulate higher education soon after," POLITICO reports.

4 Key Questions Experts Are Asking About Obama's College-Ratings Plan

"President Obama's proposed federal college-ratings system is set to be released in time for the 2015 academic year, but if the comments from administrators and researchers at a hearing on Friday are anything to go by, the plan appears to be far from complete," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

Rethinking Open Access

"In the 1960s, as higher education grappled with how to diversify itself, open-access community colleges proliferated," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

Parents Poised To Gain Easier Access To College Loans

"The Obama administration is moving to ease access to student loans for parents with damaged credit, a policy reversal that could saddle poor families with piles of debt but also boost college enrollment," The Wall Street Journal reports.

State News

Oregon Ballot Measure Would Create College Aid Fund

"Students are facing a rising loan burden, and Oregon's state treasurer wants the state to be able to take on debt of its own to help them out," The Associated Press reports.

Blogs and Think Tanks

Senate Passes Extension For Student Financial Aid Board

"The Senate passed a bill Monday that extends a national advisory board on student financial assistance for one year," The Hill's Floor Action reports.




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