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If President Joe Biden were to use his executive authority to cancel all currently outstanding federal student loan debt, debt would return to the current level of $1.6 trillion by 2035 if no reforms were enacted to address the underlying issues that led borrowers to take out student loans in the first place, according to a new brief from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB). 

President Joe Biden on Wednesday traveled to Illinois' McHenry County College where he further committed to his higher education agenda by recommitting his administration’s pledge to double the maximum Pell Grant award as well as providing students with access to free community college.

NASFAA UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tune in on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. ET, for a webinar discussing the success and challenges of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Presenters from NASFAA, NASPA, and MDRC will share findings from surveys and focus groups they conducted with college and university administrators and students. Join us to learn about the experiences and perspectives of these administrators and students, and to learn how this can inform future emergency aid policies, programs, and practices. Register here.

Planning for the in-person 2022 NASFAA Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo is underway! NASFAA is looking for volunteers to join a task force focused on building the program for each of four pathways: Association Leadership, Strategic Enrollment Management, Compliance Management, and the new Succession Planning: Building Your Bench track, which will focus on crucial topics like staff development, identifying leadership/management potential, equity and inclusivity in the managerial pipeline and collaboration beyond the financial aid office to provide opportunity for professional growth. Between July 2021 and February 2022, members of the task force will participate in Zoom calls and emails, as needed. Task force chairs will attend the conference, but other task force members may not necessarily attend the Leadership Conference unless they are also presenting. Read the full task force charter and, if interested, apply to volunteer.

While some financial aid offices have remained open with on-site staff, other offices are planning to reopen soon. Join Blue Icon Advisors at either 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 15 to discuss best practices for reopening and managing transitions as students return. Blue Icon hosts Let's Talk events to give you the opportunity to engage with peers, learn from presenters and each other, share information, and discuss best practices. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Sign up today!

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