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In this iteration of "Altitude," NASFAA President Justin Draeger shares what he's been reading this week, including thoughts on living expenses, losing faith in government programs, the four-day workweek, rolling with the punches to turn a typo into an opportunity to drum up student aid donations, and more. NASFAA's "Altitude" is a new-ish Today's News series that aims to provide a 30,000-foot view on the intersections of economics, public policy, management, and student financial aid. It may be easier to say what this series isn't: a place to find answers to tough regulatory and implementation questions. Like — or don't like — what you're reading? Please send us your comments and follow us on Twitter.
As the Department of Education (ED) prepares to begin its first session of negotiated rulemaking covering — among other topics — gainful employment (GE), NASFAA has created a new resource for members. The gainful employment web center provides a broad overview of the history of the GE regulations since 2011. Included are summaries of the three previous rulemaking sessions, links to ED documents, and NASFAA analysis and coverage. Continue to visit the GE web center for updates as negotiations take place over the next few months.
You could become certified in time to attend the first-ever FAAC® Forum next month! The current testing window is open through January 26. Exam dates and times fill up quickly, so be sure to schedule your exam session soon. If your application is already approved, your next step is to purchase the certification knowledge exam and schedule your session online before your eligibility period expires. 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.
Tennessee Tech had a Standards of Excellence (SOE) Review to improve compliance, operations, and automation through the experience of peer reviewers. Read more about their review experience and request information about how an SOE review can help your school.
February is Financial Aid Awareness month (#FinAidFeb), and it will be here before you know it! Do you have celebration ideas to share? Need some inspiration? Join Let's Talk in preparation for next month's celebration. Register today.