Today's News for
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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NEWS FROM NASFAA
Meet the Membership and Program Services team! This busy group
oversees a wide range of member services, ensuring members have
access to and receive their NASFAA benefits and fielding questions
about membership and event registrations - among many other
projects. Learn more about the work they do and get to know each
Non-first-time students who combine full-time and part-time
enrollment over the course of their academic careers are less likely
to drop out and more likely to complete a two-year program,
according to new data from a national initiative to
benchmark persistence of this group of students.
Congratulations to those elected by their colleagues to serve the association during the 2015-16 program year. Dr. Lisa Blazer was elected to serve as the National Chair for 2016-17 and will serve as National Chair-Elect for 2015-16. Angela K. Johnson, Ellen R. Neel, and Nick Prewett were elected to serve as Representatives-at-Large. We sincerely thank all candidates and members who voted in this year's election.
NASFAA members can choose among five hotels, after they register for the 2015 National Conference in New Orleans, ranging in price from $125 to $201 per night. All the hotels are within a 2-6 block walk from the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel where all the conference activities will take place. And, for your convenience, you can hop on the FREE NASFAA Shuttle that will run between all hotels every day of the conference beginning Sunday, July 19th. Register now!
The NASFAA Training and Professional Development Committee is pleased to provide the 2014-15 Training Materials for Regions and States. The materials review the history and evolution of need analysis, illustrate how to calculate the expected family contribution, compare Federal Methodology and Institutional Methodology, and discuss the impact of changes to the Defense of Marriage Act. Participant activities include discussion questions, hand calculations, and case studies which illustrate how to approach challenging situations. NASFAA members can download, complimentary, all materials from NASFAA's online store.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
These Questions and Answers (Q&As) describe the impact of the new provisions on Direct PLUS Loan applicants.
"President Obama, facing angry reprisals from parents and from
lawmakers of both parties, will drop his proposal to effectively
end the popular college savings accounts known as 529s, but will
keep an expanded tuition tax credit at the center of his college
access plan, White House officials said Tuesday," according
to The New York Times.
"Charitable donations to colleges reached an all-time high of
nearly $38 billion last year, according to an annual survey
released today by the Council for Aid to
Education," Inside Higher Ed reports.
"President Barack Obama wants more students to go to college. To
make that happen, some higher education experts say, he should
consider reviving the year-round Pell Grant-a shuttered federal
financial aid program that helped precisely the low-income students
the president is targeting in his college enrollment
efforts," Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
"Some Texas lawmakers want to reclaim the right to set college
tuition rates," Texas Public Radio reports.
"The University of Wisconsin System will be given more autonomy,
while having its state funding slashed by 13% over the next two
years, under the budget Gov. Scott Walker will submit to the
Legislature next week, the governor told The Associated
Press in an exclusive interview on Monday," The
Associated Press reports.
"Officials at the University of Maine System are tightening the
reins on their seven universities to avoid steep budget shortfalls,
they announced Monday, calling their vision 'One university for all
of Maine,'" Inside Higher Ed reports.
"It's good that many Republicans have joined Democrats in
declaring the growth of economic inequality a problem. And some are
even looking to solutions beyond making the rich richer through tax
cuts," Froma Harrop writes in an opinion piece for The
Blogs and Think Tanks
"Paying for college is obviously expensive for middle-class
families, just like it is for everyone who doesn't have thousands
of free dollars to throw around each
year," Slate's Moneybag reports.
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