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This week in a special edition of “Off The Cuff,” Justin is joined by U.S. Department of Education Under Secretary James Kvaal to discuss the administration's higher education priorities. Kvaal spoke during NASFAA’s 2022 national conference in Austin and provided financial aid administrators with key insight into ED’s approach to addressing a host of challenges imposed by the pandemic.
The House Appropriations Committee advanced, by a 32-24 vote along party lines, the fiscal year (FY) 2023 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-H) spending bill, which contains an overall request of $86.7 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Education (ED), an increase of $10.3 billion above the fiscal year 2022 enacted level, but $1.6 billion less than President Joe Biden’s request for fiscal year 2023.
On Thursday, NASFAA submitted comments on the Department of Education’s (ED) draft 2023-24 FAFSA, where NASFAA noted ED’s failure to provide a draft Incarcerated Applicant Form as part of the solicitation for public comment. NASFAA stressed the importance of a smooth implementation of Pell Grants for incarcerated students, which starts with an application process tailored to this unique and especially vulnerable population. In the absence of a draft form to comment on, NASFAA re-submitted its comments from the 60-day comment period.
The NASFAA office will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day federal holiday. NASFAA's Today's News will not be sent and AskRegs and technical and membership support will not be available until the office reopens on Tuesday, July 5.