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today’s news for Thursday, June 23, 2022

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NEWS FROM NASFAA

Higher Education advocates convened on Capitol Hill Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Pell Grant program, with federal leaders redoubling their efforts to advocate for increasing the annual investment in the program. The conversation was convened by The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), which gathered congressional leaders, advocates, and students to discuss the importance of expanding access to higher education and ensuring efforts are made to increase college affordability.

The Department of Education (ED) is delaying a number of proposals that were under discussion in its most recent negotiated rulemaking sessions to the spring of 2023, meaning that the earliest the regulations could take effect will be after July 1, 2024.

NASFAA UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

The NASFAA 2022 National Conference is just days away, and we're so excited to see you all back in person! Be sure to stop by the Blue Icon booth in the exhibit hall. Several Blue Icon leaders and consultants will be on the ground in Austin to tell you more about how we can help your office, from interim staffing and group coaching, to policies and procedures and compliance issues. Come say "hi," and learn more about what we can do for you.

As Congress and the Department of Education continue to release guidance related to FAFSA simplification, COVID-19, verification, and more, financial aid professionals and others on campus need a reliable reference tool to quickly and easily find what they're looking for. We know you're busy. The Student Aid Reference Desk is filled with direct links to federal regulation, legislative text, Department of Education guidance, and analysis — vetted by NASFAA staff — from policy organizations, institutions, and researchers focused on student access and success in higher education. It's free, nonpartisan, and easy to search or browse. Head to the Ref Desk to see for yourself.

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