today’s news for Wednesday, May 18, 2022

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In response to the ongoing issues stemming from the financial hardships imposed by the complicated nature of the current student loan system, NASFAA has developed comprehensive recommendations aimed at providing policy makers with targeted and tangible solutions to address the long documented, underlying flaws in the current servicing model and the Office of Federal Student Aid’s (FSA) structure and responsibilities. In a white paper released this week aimed at addressing the underlying flaws in the student loan system, NASFAA put forward 12 recommendations for improvements that can be made to loan servicing.


There is still time to get certified during the current testing window, which is open through May 25, 2022. Exam dates and times fill up quickly, so be sure to schedule your exam session soon. 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.

Are you interested in becoming a financial aid director? Join Blue Icon Advisors in June for the next Aspiring Director Group Coaching cohort. Over the course of six weeks, you'll focus on specific topics to help you advance in your career. Read what others have to say about their group coaching experience. The deadline to register for the next cohort is June 3, and the first meeting will take place on June 10. Only a few spots remain, so register now to save your seat!

This online course, beginning July 5, will focus on the fundamentals of financial aid including applying, financial aid concepts, categories and types of financial aid, the Title IV aid programs, other federal sources of student assistance, and comparing financial aid offers. Fundamentals of Student Financial Aid is the perfect learning tool for new financial aid professionals, and individuals who assist students through the financial aid cycle such as admissions or enrollment representatives, and high school counselors. Upon passing the course, you will receive a NASFAA U Certificate. Register now.

NASFAA is seeking volunteers for our Staffing and Benchmarking Task Force. This task force, which runs from May 2022 through May 2023, will examine NASFAA's benchmarking survey and report to determine what, if any, changes are needed to ensure it is collecting the most relevant and important information for financial aid offices. The task force will also provide feedback on the structure and layout of the 2023 NASFAA Benchmarking Report as it is being developed during the winter and spring of 2023. Please review the task force charter on the volunteer information page and if interested, complete the volunteer form by Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 5:00 pm ET.




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