today’s news for Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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As more states begin to mandate that high school students file the FAFSA in order to graduate, a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) suggests that nudging students to apply for financial aid on a national and state-wide level does not increase college-going rates. 



Student Eligibility is the first NASFAA U online course in the 2019–20 schedule. In this class, you will learn about student eligibility criteria and documentation requirements, the role of the Central Processing System (CPS), database matches, and the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), as well as how certain educational programs affect student eligibility. Live classes, video lessons, discussion topics, and learning assessments reinforce key course concepts. This course will fill up quickly. Don’t miss out on this training opportunity. Register now.

With the annual conference now behind us, NASFAA is looking forward to next year's National Conference in Las Vegas. The 2020 National Conference Program Task Force is looking for member volunteers. The task force, which will begin its work in September and conclude by March of next year, will focus on developing the program for the 2020 National Conference through one in-person meeting in late fall, and calls and emails throughout the working period. Each year, more than 2,000 financial aid professionals from across the country attend the National Conference to teach, learn, network, and share best practices. Make sure your voice is heard in developing the next conference and making it the best yet. Read through the full task force charter and, if interested, apply to volunteer by 5:00 p.m. ET Friday, August 23.

Attention 2019 Leadership Conference Attendees: Last Chance to Download Handouts

Leadership Conference

If you attended the 2019 Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C., you may still access the handouts provided, however, they will be pulled down from the website at the end of the month. Please note, only registered attendees may access the resources from the specific pathway for which they registered and handouts are only available if they were provided to NASFAA by the session presenter. Copies of session handouts that were provided by presenters are available on the Association Management Pathway resources page, Advanced Topics in Financial Aid Leadership Pathway resources page, New & Aspiring Aid Directors Pathway resources page, and the Strategic Enrollment Management Pathway resources page. If you wish to download and save or print handouts, please do so by Friday, August 30.


Through the "Pell for Students Who Are Incarcerated" experiment (also known as "Second Chance Pell") the Department of Education will provide selected eligible postsecondary institutions with a waiver to the current statutory ban on incarcerated individuals, who are otherwise eligible, from receiving Pell Grant funds to attend eligible postsecondary programs.




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