today’s news for Thursday, August 10, 2017

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The Perkins Loan Program is set to expire in less than two months. Sound familiar? That's probably because the end of Perkins has been consistently on the horizon over the past several years, as last-minute reauthorizations and extensions have kept the program on life support. Whether that is likely to happen again this year remains to be seen, but in this article we detail what we know so far.

Leadership Conference

The 2018 Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo, to be held Feb. 26-28, 2018, in Washington, D.C., includes two days of sessions on various leadership and professional development topics, followed by an optional day on Capitol Hill where participants can advocate on behalf of their students. Attendees will have their choice of four leadership pathways, including the popular Fundamentals of Enrollment Management and Strategic Enrollment Management tracks. View the Agenda at-a-Glance for the tentative schedule and register today to take advantage of early-bird pricing.

NASFAA Welcomes Lissa Powell to the Training and Regulatory Assistance Team

 Lissa Powell

NASFAA's Training and Regulatory Assistance (TRA) team is excited to welcome its newest team member, Lissa Powell. Lissa holds a master's degree in education and comes to NASFAA with over 20 years of experience in financial aid. She will work remotely as TRA’s content and presentation specialist. Her focus will be on content development and serving as a presenter for member training opportunities like our webinar series. Join us in welcoming her to the NASFAA staff.


NASFAA U Instructors Brenda Murtha and David Tolman have a combined 50 years of experience working in financial aid offices. They know the tools staff need to understand and successfully administer the Direct Loan program. Successful participants in this NASFAA U Online Course will also be given the opportunity to earn the Direct Loan credential. This course is offered beginning September 11, 2017, after a one-year hiatus; seats will fill quickly. Enroll now.


National News

"While under-35 adult Americans disagree on a lot of things –– from gun control to Donald Trump to the Yankees –– two pessimistic views about money unite them, a new survey concludes," USA Today reports.

State News

"The Obama administration delivered the death blow to Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business last December. ... Yet while Myhre family-owned colleges’ long run in Minnesota may be over, a new version of the former Globe is back in business in Wisconsin, thanks in part to the Trump administration," Inside Higher Ed reports.

"The national 'college promise' movement took another step forward last week when Rhode Island announced that it would make two years of community college free for state residents. Rhode Island joins New York, Oregon and Tennessee as the fourth state in the nation to create a statewide promise program," according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.


"Higher education is a follow-the-leader industry. For decades, colleges and universities of all types have looked to the most prestigious schools as models to emulate," Brandon Busteed writes in an opinion piece for Gallup.

Blogs & Think Tanks

"A major change in the schedule for federal financial aid was based on a high hope: that students and families could learn of aid awards earlier, and have more time to sort out their options before choosing a college. Now there are signs that some institutions are providing this extra time," according to Education Week's High School & Beyond blog. "A report released this summer by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators found that many colleges and universities sent out their decisions about financial aid weeks or months earlier than they had in the past."



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