2019 Year in Review: The 10 Most Downloaded “Off The Cuff” Episodes

NASFAA continued production of its weekly policy podcast, “Off The Cuff,” in 2019, publishing 38 episodes throughout the year. Take a look — and a listen — back at the top 10 most downloaded episodes.

Episode 115: Budget Deal, Dream Center Controversy, and State Authorization Challenges
July 26, 2019 - Justin, Megan, Stephen, Allie, and NASFAA Policy Analyst Jill Desjean discuss outstanding questions with the Department of Education's recent announcement that the 2016 final rules on state authorization took effect — by court order — on May 26, 2019.

Episode 101: Amid College Admissions Scandal, Congress Zeroes in on Higher Education
March 15, 2019 - Justin and Allie dig into the topic on everyone's minds this week—the college admissions bribery and fraud scandal and what it means for higher education as a whole.

Episode 113: The Future of Financial Aid, Gainful Employment Repeal, and Mandating the FAFSA
July 12, 2019 - Justin, Megan, Stephen, and Allie reconnect after a live episode in Orlando last month, and recap the closing session from the 2019 National Conference, which focused on questions that will shape the future of student aid.

Episode 92: Financial Aid Struggles Amid Government Shutdown, Verification Guidance, and Upcoming Accreditation Regulations
January 11, 2019 - Justin, Megan, Stephen, and Allie recap the latest with the government shutdown, and how the prolonged standstill has had an impact on financial aid, despite the Department of Education being fully funded.

Episode 114: Cyberattack at Institutions, Foreign Gift Reporting Updates, Teachers Sue ED
July 19, 2019 - Justin, Megan, Stephen, and Allie dive into breaking news this week as more than five dozen colleges and universities were hit by a cyberattack through a vulnerability in enrollment software.

Episode 122: Diving Into the College Affordability Act
October 18, 2019 - Justin, Allie, Jill, and Rachel cover the ins and outs of the newly-released College Affordability Act (CAA), the House Democrats' bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.

Episode 94: Shutdown Stalls State of the Union, Pell Schedules Published, and Personnel Changes at ED
January 25, 2019 - Allie, Stephen, and Megan bring you the latest on the government shutdown and the ripple effects that have now reached President Trump's State of the Union address—as well as his fiscal year 2020 budget proposal.

Episode 97: Ivanka Trump Cameos, Oversight Concerns With Federal Loan Servicers, and Neg Reg Recaps
February 15, 2019 - Justin, Megan, Stephen, and Joelle discuss a new face for HEA reauthorization, and concerns with federal loan servicers.

Episode 110: Congress Is Away, But ED Makes Headway ... With Gainful Employment and Verification
May 31, 2019 - Justin, Megan, and Allie are joined by Maylene Rodriguez Scott, the 2019 Dallas Martin Endowment (DME) policy intern.

Episode 109: A Kiddie Tax Fix, Work-Study Experiment, and Verification in the Spotlight
May 24, 2019 - Megan catches us up on a fix lawmakers are voting on to fix the "kiddie tax" issue that surfaced last week, as a provision in the Republicans' tax overhaul that raised the tax rate on unearned income, and inadvertently impacted low-income families.


Publication Date: 12/16/2019

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