Senate Staffers, the CFPB and Chipotle!

June 15, 2012 -- Today proved to be a very busy day at NASFAA! This morning I attended the weekly CEF (Center for Educational Funding) meeting with NASFAA's Director of Policy and Federal Relations Megan McClean. There was much discussion about the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill, which was just passed out of the Senate committee yesterday. 

The meeting featured Spiros Protopsaltis, the Senior Education Policy Advisor at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Mildred Otero, the Senate Democrat Chief Education Counsel. Both are actively involved in influencing education policy. It was interesting to hear their takes on the current educational topics on the Hill and get a glimpse of what their longer term goals entail. 

After a quick lunch break at Chipotle (yum), I attended a meeting led by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The meeting allowed experts and advocates to have a conversation with the CFPB about the CFPB College Cost Comparison Worksheet. It is a topic arousing much debate and discussion, and I was able to hear comments from CFPB and from various organizations and university representatives.  Being able to witness the discussions that go into creating educational materials was very beneficial as I one day hope to contribute to the discussions myself. I’m looking forward to more hands-on days like this throughout the summer! For now I’m ready for the weekend to start.

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