today’s news for Friday, September 3, 2021

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As work on the next budget reconciliation package plays out on Capitol Hill, NASFAA is urging the financial aid community to contact members of Congress to encourage them to double the maximum Pell Grant as part of the legislation. Doubling the maximum Pell Grant would make up for necessary investments in federal student aid that have been pushed off for decades and serve as a sustainable, front-end, and long-term solution to college access and affordability issues impacting lower-income students. In July, NASFAA — working as part of a coalition of more than 100 higher education associations, organizations, and advocacy groups — helped launch #DoublePell, a national advocacy campaign. Now is the time to start ramping up that call for action. The American Council on Education, one of our coalition partners, yesterday contacted its members  — college presidents at schools all over the country — to encourage them to contact their respective congressional delegations. Read on to see how aid offices like yours can contribute to this time-sensitive effort to advocate for this important policy change.


NASFAA seeks a reliable and experienced professional to join our team as a Regulatory Specialist. This position is set-up for remote work with minimal associated travel requirements. Primary duties will include answering regulatory questions from members via NASFAA's AskRegs Knowledgebase, performing regulatory/editorial review and publication of AskRegs articles as assigned, reviewing and/or obtaining guidance from the Department of Education on nuanced aspects of regulation, and providing updates to training materials associated with subject matter expertise as assigned. You may review the full position description here. Interested applicants should apply by September 17 for full consideration.

NASFAA Office Closed September 6 for the Labor Day Federal Holiday

The NASFAA office will be closed on Monday, September 6 for the Labor Day federal holiday. Today's News will not be sent and AskRegs and technical and membership support will not be available until the office reopens on Tuesday, September 7.

NASFAA recognizes that different programs have to follow different regulations. This new toolkit was created to help schools with clock-hour programs easily find the information they seek. Currently the toolkit includes links to some of our most searched for clock-hour-related questions and answers in the AskRegs Knowledgebase, a list of relevant resources in the Student Aid Reference Desk, and a link to register for and watch our on-demand "Don’t be Alarmed by Clock Hours" webinar, recorded November 18. If you have any suggestions on how to improve this toolkit, please let us know.

Please join us in congratulating Melissa Allen, formerly the director of financial aid at Hartwick College, who stepped into the role of director of financial aid at SUNY Oneonta at the beginning of August and Caesar Storlazzi, former university director of financial aid at Yale University, who retired this month after 43 years working in the financial aid profession. Celebrate your own career developments by completing the "Movers and Shakers" form to share the news with your colleagues.






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