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NASFAA's Board of Directors is here to represent you, and is seeking your input. Please email any questions or comments you might have directly to a member of the NASFAA board by clicking on their name on our Board Member Bios page. Questions or feedback may pertain to NASFAA products and services, membership benefits, policy and advocacy, or any other topic you would like to bring before the board. The board will compile feedback and discuss at the March 12-13 Board meeting. We welcome your insight.
It can be hard to keep up with what is happening on your own campus, let alone new developments in financial aid and broader higher education policy. To help keep members abreast of important events and changes stemming from the nation's capital, NASFAA in 2016-17 created its weekly podcast, "Off The Cuff." NASFAA Now, our annual impact report, is filled with association data, accomplishments, and compelling original content that can't be found anywhere else. Read more about the podcast's inception and first year on page 11.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Higher Education Act (HEA) into law on Nov. 8, 1965. As the 52nd anniversary of the HEA approaches, we invite you to take a stroll down memory lane. The timeline we constructed to commemorate NASFAA's 50th anniversary highlights some of the biggest world events that shaped how we live, work, and learn—as well as the milestones in higher education that have transformed America's postsecondary education and the organization of federal financial aid.
"The U.S. Department of Education will ask the appointed panel charged with overhauling an Obama-era rule to protect student borrowers to reconsider the extent to which colleges and universities should be liable for loan discharge claims based on fraud or misrepresentation," Inside Higher Ed reports. NASFAA's Karen McCarthy is mentioned.
"Trying to help a high school senior get into his dream school, Laurie Kopp Weingarten called the college to emphasize that the boy should be able to lay claim to the latest, and fuzziest, of all admissions hooks: being a first-generation student," The New York Times reports.
"For years, lawmakers in Washington have made swelling university endowments a focus of the populist backlash against high tuition and the concentration of rich students in elite universities," The New York Times reports. "Now they are harnessing that anger with a proposed tax on private colleges and universities that have the wealthiest endowments."
"Almost 85 percent of all graduating Tennessee high school students this year signed up for Tennessee Promise," according to the Tennessean. "The scholarship program provides two years tuition-free at state community or technical colleges, and the deadline for applications closed Wednesday night."
"Colleges and universities create opportunity for individuals, communities and the nation," Ted Mitchell writes for The Washington Post. "... There are countless stories of how a college degree is the springboard to economic success and social mobility for millions of Americans, and about how our colleges and universities are working to expand access to a postsecondary education to more students nationwide."
"Nearly four in ten college students are studying part-time, and most of them will never graduate. It's a true scandal, one that much of the higher education world has managed to ignore," Marcella Bombardieri, a senior policy analyst for higher education at the Center for American Progress, writes for RealClearEducation.