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This AskRegs Q&A has been updated to include August 20, 2021 changes and clarifications the U.S. Department of Education (ED) made to its guidance for implementation of the September 2, 2020 Final Rules on return of Title IV funds (R2T4) and modules. For purposes of the 49% withdrawal exemption (or R2T4 exemption) calculation, you look at the number of countable days within the payment period or period of enrollment (the period), whichever is being used by the school in the R2T4 calculation. View the full answer to this question to learn more.

How Is Your School Planning to Celebrate Constitution Day Next Week?

Every year since 2004, when Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) slipped a provision into a spending bill creating "Constitution Day," higher education institutions have offered educational programs about the Constitution on September 17 in order to remain eligible for Title IV funding. There are lots of ways to go about celebrating it. Some schools set up displays about Constitution Day in the library on their campuses, others set up table tents in college cafeterias, while others choose to print and pass out bookmarks to get the word out about the day. How is your school planning to celebrate? Share pictures of how your campus is celebrating with NASFAA on Facebook, or by sending us an email.

A new award year means new policies and procedures. Are your P&Ps complete, compliant, and up-to-date? If you aren’t sure, Blue Icon can help. Our expert consultants can evaluate your policies and procedures to make sure they are ready for the 2022-23 award year. If pieces are missing or non-compliant, we can help you write new ones that will work at your school. Contact Blue Icon for more information today!

What’s the best way to prepare to take the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Program Knowledge Exam? Begin by reviewing the Exam Content Outline in the Candidate Handbook. Consider what you already know based on your training and experience, and then focus your review on topics where you feel less confident or you’ve had minimal first-hand experience. Review the lessons and assessments in NASFAA’s Exam Preparation Guide, which remains complimentary through June 30, 2022. Take advantage of additional training opportunities sponsored by regional and state associations. You could even form your own study group. Gain even greater confidence through strategic preparation and you’ll be ready on Exam Day!

View this on-demand webinar to learn about the effects of grant aid on a range of college student outcomes based on a meta-analysis of findings from 86 studies released between 2002-20. Access is complementary for NASFAA members. Register now

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