2020 Year in Review: The 10 Most Downloaded “Off The Cuff” Episodes

NASFAA's weekly policy podcast, "Off The Cuff," reached hundreds of new listeners in 2020, publishing more than 40 episodes throughout the year. Check out the top 10 most downloaded episodes and relisten to your favorites from 2020. 

Episode 144: A Deep Dive Into ED's Guidance for Using Emergency Grant Funding
April 15, 2020 - NASFAA's policy team answers some of the most pressing questions that have sprouted from ED's most recent announcement regarding the distribution of emergency grant funding for student aid.

Episode 143: How Are Institutions Using Emergency Stabilization Funds?
April 14, 2020 - Justin is joined by financial aid directors to discuss how they are using CARES Act emergency funds.

Episode 145: ED Pulls an About-Face in Updated Guidance on CARES Act Emergency Funds
April 22, 2020 - Justin, Jill, and Allie gather shortly after the Department of Education released additional guidance on the allowable uses of emergency funding for students and institutions under the CARES Act.

Episode 146: More Confusion Amid CARES Act Emergency Funds Guidance
April 24, 2020 - The group tackles new guidance from ED that announced the institutional share of the emergency funds under the CARES Act and posed new restrictions on the portion of the funding for students.

Episode 147: Schools Make Moves With Emergency Grants, and COVID's Impact on Fall Enrollment
May 1, 2020 - The team jumps back into the student portion of emergency funds and talks about what fall enrollment may look like.

Episode 140: 'This Too Shall Pass' - More on the Coronavirus and Title IV Disruptions
March 27, 2020 - The group hops back onto video chat to continue talks about institutions, students, and Title IV aid during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Episode 148: CARES Act Grants on Campus
May 5, 2020 - Justin is joined by three practicing aid administrators who shared how their campuses are distributing emergency grants to students made through the CARES Act.

Episode 149: Emergency Grant Taxability, Reporting Requirements, and Oversight of CARES Act Funds
May 8, 2020 - The team reconvenes to discuss the latest developments regarding CARES Act emergency grant funding for students and institutions, including new updates from the IRS that students' emergency grants will not be counted as taxable income.

Episode 151: ED's Latest CARES Act Guidance Drops, While Borrower Defense Repeal Heads to Trump
May 22, 2020 - The team tackles late breaking news, as ED pulled an about-face in a statement saying it would not enforce guidance limiting federal emergency student grants to those eligible to receive Title IV aid because it lacks "the force and effect of law."

Episode 138: All Things COVID-19
March 13, 2020 - The team jumps back into a discussion about the Title IV implications of the Coronavirus and tackles member questions.


Publication Date: 12/9/2020

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