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Sharmain Talbert

Meet Sharmain Talbert. Sharmain is the interim assistant director of enrollment services at Southern University at Shreveport. When she first got started in financial aid after starting her career in the nonprofit sector managing an after-school program, she was nervous because of the stresses associated with working in higher education. But Sharmain felt the career could help her empower and educate students through their postsecondary schooling.

A pair of Republican leaders is accusing the heads of Federal Student Aid (FSA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) of evading congressional oversight and “colluding” to advance policies that will exert federal control over the student loan program. In a pair of letters, the ranking members of the House Committee on Education and Labor, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), and the Financial Services Committee, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), wrote to the agency heads to take issue with their respective roles as well as how they’re responding to requests for information from members of Congress.

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Yes, but only if the student can present the required immigration or parolee documentation to both confirm their status as a special immigrant and as eligible for Title IV aid. Afghans who were part of Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) and assisted American soldiers (e.g., as translators/interpreters) during the war in Afghanistan will generally be in one of the following categories: Special Immigrant Lawful Permanent Resident (SI LPR); Special Immigrant Conditional Permanent Resident (SI CPR); Special Immigrant Parolee (SI Parolee); or Non-Special Immigrant Parolee (sometimes referred to as a “humanitarian parole” or “OAR parole”1). View the full answer to this question to learn more.

What's the best way to prepare to take the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Program Knowledge Exam? We recommend starting with the Candidate Handbook. Join Margot O'Meara, NASFAA's certification and credentialing program analyst, on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. ET to explore how you can use the Candidate Handbook to your advantage. She will be joined by a panel of FAACs® who will share insights into why they pursued certification, how they prepared for the knowledge exam, what the testing experience was like, and how they have benefited from the designation. Begin your journey toward certification by tuning in for this complimentary webinar to learn more about the CFAA Program. Register now.

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