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As the idea of nationwide tuition-free community college picks up momentum in the wake of President Joe Biden’s plan to fund such an undertaking, a new study provides evidence on a smaller scale showing the promise of free college. The new study detailing the findings from a randomized control trial showcases some of the first causal evidence from a long-term study on free college. A co-author of the study, Douglas Harris, summarized the findings in a blog post for The Brookings Institution.

NASFAA UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Yes. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) Final Rule, any individual who is or was enrolled at an eligible institution on or after March 13, 2020 is now eligible for HEERF I, HEERF II, and HEERF III student grants. View the full answer to this question to learn more and search for answers to your other pressing regulatory and compliance questions in NASFAA's AskRegs Knowledgebase.

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: Meghan Fromi-Campos of Palmer College of Chiropractic; Ryan Hill of Rasmussen University - Brooklyn Park; Alex Pace of Elon University; Robyn Sollberger of Campbellsville University; and Erin West of Spokane Community College. Complete this form with your scavenger hunt answers to be entered to win next week's prize.

Join Us in Welcoming the Following Members...

Please join us in giving NASFAA's newest members — Chaminade University, and Urban Barber College — a warm welcome. This month we also have the pleasure of welcoming back the following members: Central Georgia Technical College; Faith International University; High Plains Technology Center; Trinity College of Florida; and the University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College. We are glad to have all of you as NASFAA members!

Please join us in congratulating Virginia Weiner, formerly the assistant director of client communications, who was promoted to director of financial aid services and counseling at New York University, and Megan Ryan, currently the executive director of admissions and financial aid at Allegheny College, who will be the vice president for enrollment management at Muhlenberg College starting in June. 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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Looking for updates from the U.S. Department of Education? Head to Federal Student Aid's new Knowledge Center and the Federal Register for the latest. Be sure to stay tuned to Today's News for in-depth analysis on pressing issues from our policy team, and refer to the Student Aid Reference Desk to find what you need — fast.

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