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Elijah Herr

Meet Elijah Herr. Elijah has worked in financial aid for more than 10 years after previous careers as an illustrator and graphic designer and then a brief stint as an economist. "No one plans to be in financial aid. We just all kind of at some point end up in it, sort of like the Island of Misfit Toys in a way," he said of his path to his current role as director of financial aid at Portland State University (PSU). Between different periods of attending school as he was striving to be an economist, he kept returning to Portland Community College (PCC), his hometown school that he first attended after high school. After graduate school, Elijah landed a job at the community college working at the help desk, both because he loved the mission of the school and "partly because that's the job I could find at the time."

A pair of House committee leaders are requesting the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine the impact of the pandemic on student hunger, citing concern over the growing number of college students experiencing food insecurity. Congress previously expanded college students' eligibility for food assistance during the pandemic and while that benefit has made millions more eligible, Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, are looking to garner additional insight.

NASFAA UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

This four-week interactive online course, beginning July 6, will focus on the fundamentals of financial aid including applying financial aid concepts, categories and types of financial aid, the Title IV aid programs, other federal sources of student assistance, and comparing financial aid offers. Fundamentals of Student Financial Aid is the perfect learning tool for new financial aid professionals, and individuals who assist students through the financial aid cycle, such as admissions or enrollment representatives, and high school counselors. Upon passing the course, you will receive a NASFAA U Certificate. Register now.

Get the recognition you deserve with the FAAC® designation! The current testing window is open through June 16, 2021. If your application is already approved, your next step is to purchase the certification knowledge exam and schedule your session online. 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.

You want to help students along their journey. They want the personalization and support they get from Amazon. With Salesforce for Higher Ed, you can have both. Bellevue University partnered with Regent Education to extend their Connected Campus by enabling their admissions, student accounts, and advisory teams to access financial aid insights in Salesforce — indicators that can identify a commitment (or lack thereof) and spot at-risk students. Join Bellevue University's Scott Bierman, assistant vice president of student affairs, and Heidi Lupo, director of academic advising, tomorrow, June 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET to learn how they're doing it.

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