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As the population of students entering higher education continues to diversify, more efforts are being taken to ensure college campuses provide a culture of inclusion and address the unique needs of underserved students. NASFAA’s Diversity Leadership Program (DLP) seeks to bring this conversation into the realm of higher education leadership. Unveiled in 2018, the program provides individuals from identified underrepresented groups in the association community with support, access, and opportunities for leadership.

A federal judge announced that the government has agreed to rescind its recently proposed rule from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which would prohibit international students from remaining in the country should their fall coursework operate fully online. The announcement came during a hearing after a number of schools, led by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), contested the rule, which could lead to international students facing an initiation of removal proceedings if they did not transfer to an institution offering in-person instruction for the upcoming semester. The government also gave institutions just nine days — until Wednesday July 15 — to report whether they would be operating fully online in the fall.


NASFAA 2020 Summer Training Series

This webinar, originally scheduled for today at 3:30 p.m. ET, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 4 at 3:30 p.m. ET to give us time to expand the panel and make it more representative of our diverse membership. NASFAA is committed to the principles outlined in our Diversity and Inclusion Statement, and we work continually to ensure those principles are infused into all of NASFAA’s training and policy work. Keep your eyes on Today’s News and the NASFAA 2020 Summer Training Series webpage for details as they become available.

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The 2020-21 NASFAA webinar series gets underway on September 16 at 2:00 p.m. ET with 2021-22 Verification Basics. Verification can be a very complicated and time-consuming task. If  you are a new financial aid administrator who has never completed verification, or perhaps an experienced financial aid administrator who has not completed verification in a while, this webinar will provide you with the tools you need to build your knowledge. Join NASFAA's Tiffany Gibbs, compliance products manager, and Kochie Vaughan, regulatory specialist, as they discuss the basic elements of verification and what is required. Register now.


Ready to become certified? You still have time to take the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Knowledge Exam during the current testing window, which is open now through Wednesday, July 22, 2020. If your application is already approved, your next step is to purchase the exam and schedule your session online. The next available testing window isn't until October, so be careful not to let your one-year eligibility period expire! Check your personal certification dashboard to confirm that date. If you haven't applied yet, complete your application online today. Learn more about the testing process and make sure you meet all of the technical requirements.


The Department of Education is pleased to announce the posting of the 2021-2022 ISIR Guide. The ISIR Guide assists financial aid administrators (FAAs) with interpreting student information on the Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR).




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