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This week on a special episode of “Off the Cuff,” Justin is joined by Karen, Rachel, Megan, and Hugh to work through President Joe Biden’s announcement that he is canceling $10,000 in student loan debt for millions of borrowers and extending the pause on payments and interest accrual for federally-held student loans until Dec. 31. The team goes through the mechanics of the executive action, lays out some public opinion polls, sorts through the initial reactions, and asks a number of implementation questions that are beginning to surface.
Last week the Department of Education (ED) released its proposed FAFSA survey questions on student gender, race, and ethnicity for a second public comment period. ED added these questions as an optional survey to the 2023-24 FAFSA on the Web. NASFAA submitted comments earlier in the month suggesting better wording of questions, as well as clearer language on who would have access to gender, race, and ethnicity data and how the data would be used. The most recent version of the survey questions that ED is proposing remains unchanged after the last comment period. The new 30-day comment period is open through Sept. 23 for those who wish to comment.
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 Sept. 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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