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House Republicans are championing a new proposal to bring targeted reform to the sprawling student loan portfolio, while at the same time challenging their Democratic counterparts to do the same, rather than allow the administration to tinker with the student loan system through executive authority.

Republican members of the House Committee on Education and Labor recently introduced the Responsible Education Assistance Through Loan (REAL) Reforms Act, a bill to reform several federal student loan provisions, extend Pell Grant eligibility to students enrolled in short-term programs, and limit the secretary of education’s authority related to negotiated rulemaking, executive orders, and the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students (HEROES) Act of 2003.

"Just as I wrote in my introductory article at the beginning of this summer, I want to begin by expressing my extreme gratitude for the supporters of the Dallas Martin Endowment as well as the members of NASFAA who made my presence here possible," writes Jackson Snellman. "I cannot believe that the summer is over, and that my time with NASFAA draws to a close. In the past few months, my understanding of the higher education policy process has deepened, and my capacity to work with multi-faceted aspects of policy, advocacy and research has been greatly expanded." Read on to hear about Jackson's favorite experiences as NASFAA’s 2022 Dallas Martin Endowment policy intern and where life is taking him next.


NASFAA is seeking a highly motivated, self-starter to join its team as a full-time Administrative Assistant to provide basic administrative support for the national office and to the Director of Strategy, Planning, and Administration, President & CEO, and Executive Vice President. The successful candidate will understand and be comfortable working in a mission-driven organization where individual and departmental goals must align with strategic priorities; have demonstrated their ability to work successfully in a team-based environment where "the whole" is more important than any one individual; and be comfortable with team-based accountability, departmental reporting and paying attention to results. Interested applicants should apply online.

Please join us in congratulating Chad Olson, FAAC®, who was promoted from senior associate director to director of financial aid operations at Iowa State University; Maria Sager, who was promoted from senior director of financial aid to assistant vice president of financial aid services at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMU-HP); Alexandria Jackson, who was promoted from manager of financial aid services to associate director of outreach and development at RMU-HP; Josefina Sechtem, who was promoted from regulatory affairs specialist to manager of financial aid regulations and compliance at RMU-HP; Krista Mcentire, who was promoted from financial aid advisor to associate director of advising and reporting at RMU-HP; Leslie Garcia, who was promoted from scholarships and grants coordinator to manager of financial aid scholarships and grants at RMU-HP; and Roberta Johnson, executive director of student financial aid at Iowa State University, who has retired after 40 years of working in financial aid. Celebrate your own career developments by completing the "Movers and Shakers" form to share the news with your colleagues.

Financial aid leaders have the high-stakes responsibility of awarding institutional and donor scholarships to optimize enrollment and student success. However, they are challenged by cumbersome processes, disparate data, unique and varied scholarship requirements, multiple stakeholders, and under-resourced staff. Join us on September 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET for a 60-minute webinar sponsored by Regent Education to explore a comprehensive, full life-cycle solution that automates and simplifies the process. This event is free for NASFAA members, but you must register in advance.






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