today’s news for Tuesday, November 23, 2021

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Following months of review and discussion by NASFAA's Association Governance Committee and legal counsel, the association's Board of Directors voted on November 16 to share proposed edits to the NASFAA Bylaws with members for a 30-day comment period, as required. Bylaws are the legally binding rules that outline how the board of our association will operate. Periodically reviewing Bylaws against changing best practices and processes is recommended; the last time these Bylaws were comprehensively reviewed was 2012-13. We present two documents for your review — a redlined copy of the proposed updates to the Bylaws of NASFAA, and a summary document with explanatory text related to the updates. Please review these documents and share your feedback with NASFAA before Dec. 31, 2021.

A school checks SAP annually for its students, following the spring term. The student was not meeting standards at the end of the spring term and appealed. The student’s appeal was denied and the student attended without aid for the fall term. The student filed a FAFSA in January for the current award year and contacted the aid office regarding their eligibility for aid. The student was once again meeting SAP requirements due to successful fall enrollment.  Is the student eligible for aid for fall term as well as the spring term, since at the time of application the student was meeting SAP? Think you know the answer? Read on to see if you got it right!

"The mentor/coach archetype is easily recognizable in pop culture — think Yoda, Professor Dumbledore, or Mr. Miyagi. In academic life, mentorship or coaching is often built into academic programs to give students a taste of their chosen career path. In the workplace, mentorship takes the form of executive coaching. For those who are new or well-established in their careers, executive coaching is an opportunity to gain new skills or adapt to the shifting landscape of their occupation," writes Sarah Everitt, director of financial aid operations and doctoral student at Gonzaga University, and an independent consultant for Blue Icon Advisors. 


Developed for practicing financial aid directors, the new Succession Planning pathway at NASFAA's Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo will help attendees focus on succession planning strategies, including staff development, identifying leadership/management potential, equity and inclusivity in the managerial pipeline, and collaboration beyond the financial aid office to provide opportunity for professional growth. Register by December 10 to secure your seat and take advantage of early bird pricing. We'll see you in Washington, D.C. Feburary 14-16!

With virtual conferences, there is no chance to network or discuss what you heard during sessions. Join Blue Icon and your colleagues the week following the annual Federal Student Aid Training Conference to talk about what you heard. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with your peers, learn from presenters and each other, share information, and discuss best practices. This 60-minute event will take place at 2:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 7. Register now to save your spot.

Created as part of NASFAA U's Fundamentals of Student Financial Aid online course curriculum, NASFAA recently published a video that covers the steps a student must go through to complete and submit a FAFSA through the myStudentAid mobile app. We encourage you to share this video with prospective and current college students who need help applying for federal financial aid, to link to it from your financial aid website, and to incorporate it into future financial aid night presentations.





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