today’s news for Thursday, November 18, 2021

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Inceptia. Whooo's getting a new look, improved functionality, and an app? Financial Avenue! Celebrating financial empowerment for more than 150,000 students, we look forward to continuing to provide the custom action plans and focus on behavioral finance Financial Avenue offers, plus new platform flexibility and integration. Find out what makes Financial Avenue so popular. Request a demo today!


A pair of House Education and Labor subcommittees convened on Wednesday to delve into the Biden administration’s implementation of education-related COVID-19 relief aid. Appearing before the subcommittees, Department of Education (ED) Under Secretary James Kvaal provided insight into how colleges and universities made use of funding to support students, and highlighted the ways in which emergency aid has served as a lifeline for the higher education sector.


We need your great ideas for engaging, relevant, and interesting conference sessions. All types of session proposals are welcome, from those focused on advocacy, training, and professional development, to sessions structured as open-forum discussions. We urge you to construct your session proposal with an eye toward inclusion, ensuring speakers from all different backgrounds — particularly those from marginalized groups — are represented. All proposals must be received by tomorrow, November 19, 2021. Visit our Presenters and Moderators page to submit a proposal.

If you are a financial aid administrator who wants to grow professionally, expand your network, and become a leader on campus, in your association, or in your profession, don't miss your chance to attend NASFAA's 2022 Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo, which will be held February 14-16 in-person in Washington, D.C. Participants can choose from four distinct pathways to further their professional goals: Association Leadership, Compliance Management, Strategic Enrollment Management, and — new in 2022 — a Succession Planning pathway. A fifth pathway, the FAAC Forum, is available exclusively to those who hold the FAAC designation. Learn more about the conference and the safety measures being taken. Early bird pricing for some pathways ends December 10 — register today to secure your seat.

The 2021 fiscal year marked the second year of NASFAA's accredited Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Program. Since this program's launch at the 2019 National Conference, 272 financial aid administrators in all six regions and 46 states had earned the FAAC® designation. Meanwhile, NASFAA's Professional Credentials program continues to grow in popularity, with 23,601 credentials earned or renewed by the end of the fiscal year. Read more about NASFAA’s Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Program and Professional Credentials program on pages 19-20 of NASFAA Now, our annual impact report.

Financial aid is a key component of enrollment management strategies across the country. However, it is not the only factor. How does a financial aid leader make the move to enrollment management when they have little to no experience in other enrollment management areas? View this complimentary panel discussion to learn more about the skill sets enrollment management leaders possess and how to develop yours while working as a financial aid administrator. Register now.

Blue Icon is growing at a rapid pace and we need experienced financial aid professionals who live and breathe P&Ps and are ready to share their knowledge with schools across the country. Read more about doing P&P work with Blue Icon and apply to be an independent consultant today! 





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