today’s news for Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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College Board. CSS Profile is now free to families making up to $100,000. Learn how CSS Profile can help your institution make equitable need-based aid decisions and support student access initiatives.


President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona have been put on notice by a group of 15 Democratic House members to procure a memo outlining their authority to cancel student loan debt for millions of borrowers. In a letter sent to Biden and Cardona last week, the group of lawmakers — led by Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) — urged them to release a long-awaited memo Biden requested in February to determine his authority to broadly cancel student debt through administrative action.


NASFAA's award-winning Diversity Leadership Program (DLP) provides selectees from marginalized and underrepresented groups with a robust portfolio of benefits, mentorship, and guidance on how to develop as a financial aid association leader at the state, regional, and national level. Applications are peer-reviewed, and six financial aid professionals, one from each region, are selected by a group of their colleagues. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. ET Monday, October 18. Learn more and apply today.

If your goal is to become a financial aid director, we invite you to participate in a professional development opportunity designed especially for you, Aspiring Director Group Coaching, facilitated by Blue Icon Advisors. Over six weeks, you'll build leadership skills, network with your peers, and dig deep into enrollment management, compliance issues, and more. The next cohort starts October 29 and only four spots remain — register.

This new five-week course will review the different types of higher education loan programs. It will cover the Direct Loan application and origination process, eligibility criteria, annual and aggregate limits, and loan periods. It will also cover private education loans, institutional loans, and loan disclosures and practices. The course is designed to provide a general overview of the higher educational loan programs and is a great learning tool for all levels of financial aid professionals. Upon passing the course, you will receive a NASFAA U Certificate. Register now.

NASFAA recently added a new three-week testing window into the schedule, beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. If you're already approved to participate, book your session now during the testing window that's most convenient for you. Learn more about the testing process and check the technical requirements. Use the complimentary Exam Preparation Guide to help get ready for your exam. If you haven't applied yet, complete your application online today.




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