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A group of bipartisan senators yesterday introduced the Faster Access to Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Act of 2018, a bill that would, through better integration with the Department of Education (ED) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), simplify the application, verification, and student loan repayment processes. The bill amends both the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and Higher Education Act (HEA) to allow for cross-agency data-sharing that would improve and streamline the federal student aid system and implements a portion of NASFAA’s FAFSA simplification proposal, which was presented by NASFAA President Justin Draeger in a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in November 2017.

A California advocacy group sued Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Tuesday for denying students whose schools closed before they could earn degrees of automatic loan cancellation—a policy established by the Obama administration as part of the borrower defense to repayment regulations.

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) announced Monday that it has broken ground on a new effort to lead and oversee 130 public university and university-systems from across the states as they test and refine “innovative and effective practices to advance student success on their campuses.”

Despite efforts some colleges and universities have made to increase diversity on their campuses, white students remain significantly overrepresented at the most selective public institutions—an issue stemming largely from “misguided admissions practices and growing inequality in funding,” according to a new report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW).


This past summer, NASFAA reached out to financial aid management software (FAMS) providers and financial aid third-party providers to seek information regarding their award notification capabilities. NASFAA distributed a simple survey asking whether the providers could meet NASFAA’s basic Code of Conduct stipulations, without requiring significant programming from an institution. The resulting data was compiled as an easy-to-use chart, and includes vendor contact information for schools that require additional assistance.

NASFAA Welcomes Joe Massman to the Training and Regulatory Assistance Team

Joe Massman

NASFAA’s Training and Regulatory Assistance team is excited to welcome its newest team member, Joe Massman. Joe lives and telecommutes from Arvada, Colorado. He comes to NASFAA from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) where he was most recently a training officer in the Denver office. He was previously an ED institutional review specialist and has served in financial aid at several institutions, including Red Rocks Community College, Westwood College, and Montana State University—Billings. In his new role, Joe will serve as a regulatory specialist sharing his Title IV expertise with members via the AskRegs Knowledgebase, webinars, and other training services. Please join us in welcoming Joe to the team!


Federal Student Aid is conducting a customer survey regarding the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) website, The purpose of the IFAP Survey is to gather feedback on the current design and functionality of the website.


The Department seeks comment on the modified system of records described in this notice in accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act.




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