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This week on “Off The Cuff,” Justin and Karen are joined by the American Council on Education’s Assistant Vice President for Government Relations Jon Fansmith. The group kicks things off by detailing what higher education provisions have made the cut for President Joe Biden’s most recent Build Back Better framework. Karen then provides some fodder about the ongoing negotiated rulemaking process, and Hugh has a quick outlook on what NASFAA is tracking when it comes to these big policy debates, detailing how the process might play out.

In the second day of the Department of Education’s (ED) second negotiated rulemaking session, before committee members could move on to new topics such as interest capitalization and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), negotiators revisited the issue of closed school loan discharge, after failing to reach tentative agreement on Monday. Several negotiators noted how important a topic closed school discharge is and expressed interest in revisiting discussions surrounding the issue.

NASFAA UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Deepen your knowledge with NASFAA U online courses this spring! Classes include Fundamentals of Student Financial Aid, which is geared for new aid professionals and individuals who work in partnering offices, Return of Title IV Funds, Verification 2022-23, Cash Management, Student Eligibility, and Application Processing. Here is what one participant said about taking a NASFAA U course: “Amazing learning opportunity and fun! Very organized and multiple ways of learning: live sessions, videos, reading material, case studies. All practical and very useful for my career.” Reserve your seat today.

What makes a strong candidate for NASFAA National Chair? We are seeking someone who works full-time at a NASFAA member institution, has demonstrated leadership at the state or regional level, has experience with facilitating meetings and public speaking, and is committed to upholding NASFAA’s code of ethics. If you — or anyone you know — fits the bill, please nominate yourself or a qualified colleague for the role of NASFAA National Chair by Friday, November 12 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Nominations are also being accepted for representatives-at-large.

Get the recognition you deserve with the FAAC® designation! The current testing window is open through November 10, 2021. If your application is already approved, your next step is to purchase the certification knowledge exam and schedule your session online. Be careful not to let your one-year eligibility period expire! Check your personal certification dashboard to confirm that date. If you haven’t applied yet, complete your application online today. Learn more about the testing process and make sure you meet all of the technical requirements.

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