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This week on "Off the Cuff," Justin is joined by NASFAA Policy Analyst Jill Desjean and NASFAA U Instructor David Tolman to catch members up on updates from the Department of Education. Specifically, Jill highlights new agency recommendations concerning updated guidance on institutional aid offers and David details new academic calendar formats and how institutions are navigating structures that don’t clearly fit quarter or semester structures. Hugh then has a quick update on what the NASFAA team is following on the student loan front, as well as the Biden administration’s Build Back Better agenda as it makes its way through Congress.

The final day of the Department of Education’s (ED) negotiated rulemaking subcommittee on prison education programs (PEP) was marked by contentious discussion and several negotiators expressing their displeasure with the entire process of working to craft regulatory language to present to the full committee. As was the case throughout much of the subcommittee’s work this week, substantive conversations were often offset by frustration from negotiators that their recommendations were not reflected in the proposed amendatory text the group was tasked with producing.


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 today, November 12 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Nominations are also being accepted for representatives-at-large.

Join Us in Welcoming the Following Members...

Please join us in giving NASFAA's newest members — Central Oklahoma College, and Summit Academy OIC — a warm welcome. This month we also have the pleasure of welcoming the following schools back as NASFAA members: Denmark Technical College; Eckerd College; Hinds Community College; Hodges University; Los Medanos College; Mid-Del Technology Center; National University of Health Sciences; Wayne Community College; Westchester School for Dental Assistants; and Wilberforce University. We are glad to have all of you as NASFAA members. We encourage you to check out our Events Calendar for a look at upcoming professional development opportunities and to utilize NASFAA's Membership Directory, Speaker and Mentor Professional Directory, and Volunteer and Leadership Directory to help you better engage and connect with your financial aid peers across the country. 

In NASFAA’s ongoing efforts to facilitate connection among members, recent changes to our directories offer new features to help you find financial aid peers near and far. With streamlined search tools and results sorting, the Membership Directory now also features financial aid management information, so members at schools that use the same software can connect on questions, best practices, or issues. Review your Membership Directory listing, and make sure to list your financial aid management system.

Please join us in congratulating: Wanda Smith, formerly the assistant director of financial aid at Stevenson University, who is now the associate director of financial aid at Morgan State University; Thomas Zarkos, formerly the registrar at Manhattan School of Music, who is now the director of financial aid at Teachers College of Columbia University; Brittany Harper, who was promoted to assistant director of financial aid at McKendree University; Emily Montoya, who was promoted from associate director to director at New Mexico Highlands University; Nathaniel Riddle, formerly the senior financial aid service coach at Regent University, who is now the assistant director of financial aid at Piedmont Virginia Community College; Dixie Shearer , who was promoted from financial aid analyst to associate director of financial aid at Arkansas State University - Beebe; and Angela Jones, who was promoted from associate director to director of financial aid at Arkansas State University - Beebe. Please also join us in congratulating Val Meyers, FAAC®, associate director at Michigan State University, who will retire in January after 36 years in financial aid. Celebrate your own career developments by completing the "Movers and Shakers" form to share the news with your colleagues.





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