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NEWS FROM NASFAA

NASFAA in a letter to both the Department of Education (ED) and Federal Student Aid (FSA) is calling on the department to meet with NASFAA’s leadership to better coordinate on partnership initiatives that will address ongoing operational challenges that are negatively impacting schools and students. While acknowledging the challenging environment the higher education community finds itself in as a result of the pandemic, NASFAA expressed concern over recent decisions from ED and FSA that have resulted in significant workloads being transferred to institutions instead of being addressed by the administration. Some of those issues include: Selective Service database match errors, confusion over the rollout of the Fresh Start initiative, NSLDS modernization, and implementation questions concerning broad debt cancellation, verification, and FAFSA simplification.

NASFAA UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Joel Carstens

Blue Icon Advisors, NASFAA Consulting is thrilled to welcome Joel Carstens as Project Manager. Most recently, Joel was the financial aid director at the University of New Hampshire. Joel is the past president of the New Hampshire Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and past board and committee member of EASFAA. With 30 years of experience in education finance and student affairs — including financial aid, enrollment management, and student employment — Joel will use his knowledge and expertise to guide and successfully manage client projects, such as interim staffing, policies and procedures, and operational reviews. Please join us in welcoming Joel!

This eight-week interactive online course, beginning October 11, will review the types of higher education loan programs, including the Direct Loan application and origination process, eligibility criteria, annual and aggregate limits, and more. It will also cover private education loans, institutional loans, and loan disclosures and practices. This course is the perfect learning tool for new- and intermediate-level financial aid professionals. Upon passing the course, you will receive complimentary access to the credential test. Register now!

It takes a village to stay in compliance with the provisions governing federal student financial aid programs. Blue Icon Advisors provides six ways financial aid compliance impacts other offices at your institution that you can share with your colleagues. If you have concerns about compliance, contact Blue Icon to learn how our team of trusted advisors can help.

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