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Leaders At Every Level Further Their Learning At NASFAA's Leadership Conference

There was something for every interest at the NASFAA Leadership and Legislative Conference and Expo Monday, as attendees followed their track-specific programming before merging for the conference's annual Legislative Symposium. This year's Legislative Symposium gave attendees varied insight into Americans' perceptions of higher education, President Obama's two years' free community college proposal, and the federal funding landscape.

3 Numbers On Americans' Higher Education Perceptions

Dynamic speaker and Gallup Education Executive Director Brandon Busteed addressed NASFAA Leadership and Legislative Conference and Expo attendees Monday to share some insights on how Americans perceive higher education.

February 2015 Top 10 AskRegs Knowledgebase Q&As

Can a student receive the entire annual loan limit in a single term? Can the off campus housing allowance be used for all students? Take a look back at last month's most viewed AskRegs Q&As. If you have a question that's not on the list, you can find a credible and reliable answer on the AskRegs Knowledgebase site by browsing or searching the answers provided by our Training and Regulatory Assistance staff. You may also submit your own question using the Request Support feature.

Awards Submission Deadline Extended

Every year, NASFAA recognizes outstanding members and other higher education stakeholders for their achievements and contributions to financial aid. Starting this year, members can nominate individuals to receive the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award for their contribution to financial aid literature. Also, be sure to submit your project for a Gold Star Award, which recognizes innovations in the financial aid arena at any level, targeted toward any constituency. Award winners will be announced at the 2015 NASFAA Conference, July 19-22, in New Orleans, LA.

Final Day To Register For NASFAA U’s Direct Loans Online Course

Class starts today - this is your final chance to register for our advanced level online course which focuses on the Direct Loan application process, eligibility criteria, annual and aggregate loan limits, loan periods, repayment plans, deferments, forbearance, discharges, and counseling requirements. A NASFAA Credential is provided after successfully completing and passing the credential test, which is available at the conclusion of the course and included in your course fee.


National News

Administrator Pay Up 2.4%

"The median base salary for senior leaders at colleges and universities has gone up 2.4 percent in 2014-15, the same as the year before," Inside Higher Ed reports.

Community Colleges' Role as MSIs Expanding

"Although they often operate at the margins, nearly 22 percent of the nation's community colleges are minority-serving institutions and are responsible for enrolling about 55 percent of college-going minorities, according to a new report released by the Center for Minority Servings Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania," Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports.

Some Owners Of Private Colleges Turn A Tidy Profit By Going Nonprofit

"After a recent government crackdown on the multibillion-dollar career-training industry, stricter limits on student aid and devastating publicity about students hobbled by debt and useless credentials, some for-profit schools simply shut down. But a few others have moved to drop out of the for-profit business altogether, in favor of a more traditional approach to running a higher education institution," The New York Times reports.

State News

In New York, a Prison Record Is a Barrier to College

"Concerns about overpopulated prisons and high rates of recidivism have focused new attention on barriers that keep former inmates from re-entering society," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

Louisiana: Higher Ed Would Be Cut $211M By Bobby Jindal's Proposed Budget

"Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration presented a budget recommendation on Friday that largely spares colleges and universities from what they feared would be catastrophic cuts in the coming year. But higher education leaders warn that there's still a lot of work to be done before lawmakers finalize a state spending plan," The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Blogs and Headlines

The Lonely Shame Of Student Debt

"The phone rings. I answer. Credit-card collector—again," Ryan Anderson writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education's The Conversation.

A Closer Look at Student Loan Deferment and Forbearance

"Now, for the first time the U.S. Department of Education released data that break down the type of deferment or forbearance borrowers are receiving, allowing us to better understand why approximately 6 million borrowers (some may be double-counted) are not making payments on their loans," New America's EdCentral reports.




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