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This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin and Karen are joined by Jon Fansmith, the American Council on Education's assistant vice president for government relations, to discuss some key takeaways from the NASFAA 2022 National Conference. Jon then provides an update on Congress’ summer agenda with details on the annual appropriations process and how higher education programs are faring in congressional negotiations. Karen then dives into some updates from the Department of Education (ED) concerning the negotiated rulemaking process and some developments related to borrower defense.
NASFAA joined over a dozen other higher education organizations in a letter calling on Congress to make legislative changes that would help low-income students retain more of their financial aid by repealing the taxation of federal Pell Grants, which in some circumstances can be considered taxable unearned income.
The FAAC® designation is something to be celebrated! At the National Conference, we asked current FAACs to share why they became certified. Check out what they had to say. Are you already certified? Add your own #whycertify. Not certified yet? Check your eligibility using our free interactive tool, and then apply online.
Financial aid offices have experienced many staffing changes during the pandemic. Join your colleagues and Blue Icon Advisors on Thursday, July 21, for an interactive conversation to support new financial aid professionals and share career advice. There's no cost to attend, but registration is required — save your spot today! Be sure to check the full Let's Talk schedule to see what other sessions are coming soon.
Please join us in congratulating Diane Ray, most recently the associate director of financial aid at Walsh University, who has retired after working in financial aid for over 30 years; Alyssa Corvi, who was promoted from assistant director to senior assistant director of financial aid at Wesleyan University; Luanne Canestro, most recently the financial aid reconciliation specialist at San Mateo County Community College District, who has retired after 35 years of working in financial aid; and Rebecca Carr, formerly the director of financial aid at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, who is now the executive director of financial aid and compliance at Salem University. Celebrate your own career developments by completing the "Movers and Shakers" form to share the news with your colleagues.