today’s news for Thursday, July 22, 2021

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A pair of Democratic senators are urging their caucus to include a provision in the upcoming reconciliation package that would expand social security benefits for students. Specifically the proposed legislation would restore eligibility for children of social security survivors benefits and disability benefits recipients, as well as for eligible grandchildren of retired workers, up to age 26 if they are enrolled at least half-time in postsecondary education. Those benefits currently expire when a child turns 18.


 Off the Cuff

NASFAA’s “Off The Cuff” team will be postponing this week’s recording, but you can still find the latest higher education news coming from the Department of Education (ED) and the White House in Today’s News every day. Can’t wait for next week’s episode? Be sure to catch up on previous episodes featuring developments of efforts to double the Pell Grant, a Q&A with FSA’s Richard Cordray, coverage of the latest news concerning verification, and more! Be sure to tune in next week for a new episode of “Off The Cuff.”

The NASFAA website and all related services will be unavailable starting at approximately 10:00 p.m. ET tonight for a planned maintenance outage. During this period, all NASFAA online services will be unavailable — including, the AskRegs Knowledgebase, the NASFAA Compliance Engine, the ability to take NASFAA professional credential tests and complete coursework, and access the Student Aid Reference Desk — please plan accordingly. All site services should return early Saturday morning and Today's News should be distributed without issue, on Monday, November 1. Thank you for your continued patience as NASFAA completes this critical work.

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