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The proliferation of data in recent years can be a way to help student loan borrowers and families better understand the true value of a college education, but it can also be used to try to “debunk” the value of a degree, depending on which data are used and how the numbers are presented. 

Two leading Republican lawmakers are calling on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to look into findings from a report on the federal student loan program’s finances that reportedly found decades of federal miscalculations in student loan program profits.

NASFAA UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Student Aid Reference Desk

Thanks to everyone who took a trip through the Student Aid Reference Desk scavenger hunt last week! We are pleased to announce our five randomly selected winners are: Michelle Evans of Cuesta College; Misti Hardison of Trinity Valley Community College; Steven McDowell of Connecticut State Community Colleges; Mia Myers of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; and Dyan Root of Western Illinois University. Complete this form with your scavenger hunt answers to be entered to win next week's prize.

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Join ASR Analytics and College of the Canyons for a live webinar on Thursday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m. ET discussing how their Student Centered Funding Dashboards (SCFD) can help your office focus funds to increase diversity and equity, and identify students needing additional financial resources. This 60-minute webinar is free to NASFAA members, but you must register in advance.

Please join us in congratulating Pamela Meek, director of financial aid at Ivy Tech Community College, who will retire in May after 34 years of working in financial aid, and Rich Esposito, assistant vice president of student financial services at Duquesne University, will retire in May after 42 years of working in financial aid. Celebrate your career developments by completing the "Movers and Shakers" form to share the news with your colleagues. We'll review your submission and then post your update to our Movers and Shakers page for all to see.

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