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NEWS FROM NASFAA

 Off the Cuff

This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Allie, and Megan examine Sen. Lamar Alexander's (R-TN) recently-announced policy priorities to include in a reauthorization bill for the Higher Education Act (HEA). Alexander earlier in the week laid out a vision for what he said he hopes to be a bipartisan effort to deliver a bill to President Donald Trump by Christmas. But, the group discusses, with several lawmakers already making plans for a 2020 presidential bid, it's unclear if Congress will make progress toward this goal. With FAFSA simplification high on the list of priorities, Megan also outlines the findings from a recent study showing the push to enroll more low-income students could create unintended negative consequences. Plus, the group discusses Tuesday's State of the Union address, and what the speech says—or doesn't say—about higher education policy.

A panel of experts gathered in Washington, D.C. Thursday to discuss the future of higher education under the 116th Congress, agreeing that the possibility it will be able to pass a bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) is low.

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The Self-Evaluation Checklists module of the Compliance Engine was designed to allow schools to audit themselves for the previous award year, in this case the 2017-18 award year. From Satisfactory Academic Progress to FERPA to the Federal Direct Loan Program, the Self-Evaluation Checklists allow you to take stock of your institution's practices in relation to what regulation mandates. Use the checklists to find any issues and course correct before any kind of external audit. The Self-Evaluation Checklist module of the Compliance Engine is included with your NASFAA membership, so take advantage of this member benefit today.

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