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 Off the Cuff

This week on “Off The Cuff,” Justin, Rachel, Jill, Erin, and Joelle discuss the possibility of a scaled back Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization bill, and legislation to improve institutions' award offer forms. Rachel catches the group up on the Senate’s fiscal year 2020 bill to fund education programs and how it differs from the House’s proposal, and Justin and Jill delve into a hearing on implementation issues within the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Joelle also discusses breaking news involving unsealed documents from a court case against a federal loan servicer, and the team poses a new listener question (and shares their own experiences): What’s the best and/or worst career advice you’ve ever received?

“I have to resign myself that I’m going to die with this debt,” said Kelly Finlaw, a middle school art teacher who works in New York City. “I started with $120,000; I now have almost $90,000. At a 7% interest rate, if I pay this off myself, I’ll still pay $130,000.” Finlaw was one of five witnesses who testified before a House education subcommittee on Thursday during a hearing that focused on challenges with implementing the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

The school has a student whose father filed taxes as married filing separately and whose mother worked but did not file. The mother did not file an extension and the parents are still married and living together. Can I complete verification for this family? Think you know the answer? Read on to see if you got it right!


Are you a great networker, and able to represent the concerns and needs of your colleagues? Are you an advocate for the financial aid profession and NASFAA? Do you work full-time at a NASFAA member institution? Have you volunteered at the state or regional level? If you – or anyone you know – answered “yes” to these questions, please nominate yourself or a qualified colleague for the role of NASFAA National Representative-at-Large by Sept. 25 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Nominations are also being accepted for the role of National Chair.

Take the Mic

NASFAA staff and members are gearing up for a busy fall season. In October, NASFAA President Justin Draeger and 2019-20 National Chair Paula Luff will speak at the MASFAA Annual Conference in Lombard, IL, while NASFAA Vice President of Professional Development & Institutional Compliance Dana Kelly speaks at the KASFAA Fall 2019 Conference in Louisville, KY. Later that month, Justin and Paula will travel to Billings, MT for the RMASFAA 2019 Conference, and NASFAA Director of Policy Analysis Karen McCarthy is headed to Albany, NY for the NYSFAAA Annual Conference. Head to the Events Calendar to get all the details on these and many more upcoming speaking engagements — both in person and virtually.

Please join us in congratulating Chuck Knepfle, formerly the associate vice president for enrollment management at Clemson University, who is now the vice president for enrollment management at Portland State University, and Amanda Esposito, who was promoted from administrative assistant to assistant director at George Washington University. Learn more about other colleagues' accomplishments, recognitions, and achievements, and submit your own on our Movers and Shakers page.

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