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Final USCIS “Public Charge” Rule Does Not Include Federal Student Aid Programs

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Monday published its final "public charge rule," which would require consideration of whether a noncitizen seeking admission into the United States, or an adjustment to their status, would or has relied heavily on public programs as a determinant of whether they could strain government resources. The final rule, which will be available in the Federal Register Wednesday, does not include financial aid programs. While there was public concern that without specifying a list of programs the rule does not apply to, it may steer students away from seeking financial aid, the agency said it could not include that list in the final rule because the programs are “too numerous” and “may change over time.” Higher education experts have also expressed concern that the rule affects supports for students such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).    

NASFAA UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

SOE 20th

NASFAA is looking for experienced financial aid administrators to join our Standards of Excellence peer review team! Keep your day job while working with schools across the country in evaluating financial aid operations to assess compliance and recommend best practices. If you have worked in financial aid for at least eight years and have the heart of a teacher, please visit our website for more information and application instructions. If you have experience in any of the following, please highlight those in your application materials: working at community colleges or proprietary schools; institutional methodology; clock-hours; non-traditional academic calendars; or PowerFAIDS, Jenzabar, or Colleague systems.

FEDERAL REGISTER

The Department of Education published a notice of a modified system of records entitled “Fulbright-Hays—Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) and Seminars Abroad (SA) (18-12-02)." The information contained in this system is used to determine applicants' qualifications, eligibility, suitability, and feasibility; to award benefits for overseas research; to monitor the progress of the project including its accomplishments; and, to demonstrate the programs' effectiveness.

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