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This week on "Off the Cuff," Justin is joined by NASFAA Senior Policy Analyst Jill Desjean and NASFAA U Instructor David Tolman to discuss new guidelines for institutions regarding transcript withholding along with the latest federal and state level developments concerning the practice. David then dives into answering questions on crossover payment periods, specifically how it impacts the summer term. Owen then gives a rundown of the latest news, highlighted by the Department of Education’s announcement that changes to income-driven repayment (IDR) would make more borrowers eligible for forgiveness, plus a new study showing millions of borrowers at risk of default when the pause on student loan payments comes to an end.
We're just nine weeks away from the 2022 NASFAA National Conference, where we'll have plenty of unique training and professional development opportunities that will equip student aid professionals with the tools they need to better serve students and families. For example, one session will focus on financial aid audits and how COVID-19 issues tie in. The panel will review common concerns and best practices when preparing for an audit, and will focus on COVID-19 issues, such as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and all the different waivers. Review the entire NASFAA 2022 conference schedule for other exciting sessions, and register today!
There's no shortage of work in a financial aid office. Just ask Mary Sommers, the director of financial aid at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, who has worked in the field for more than 30 years. Between her professional career and personal life, Sommers manages to find time to contract with Blue Icon Advisors as an independent consultant, a role she says she enjoys due to the flexibility and being able to help aid offices — and by extension help students. Blue Icon Advisors is looking for qualified financial aid and enrollment management professionals to join our team of independent consultants. We have projects you can complete in your spare time as well as interim staffing. Interested? Apply now!
Please join us in congratulating Daniel Carlos, a current 2021-22 Diversity Leadership Program class member, who was promoted from associate director to senior associate director at University of Idaho; Christopher Pollard, who was promoted from assistant director to director of financial aid at The George Washington University Law School; Kensa Gilliam, who was promoted from funds compliance specialist to assistant director at William & Mary; and Paul Remmert, who was promoted to senior assistant director of undergraduate aid at William & Mary. Celebrate your own career developments by completing the "Movers and Shakers" form to share the news with your colleagues.