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Anthony Jones

With the Resumption of Loan Repayment Task Force coming to an end next month, chair Anthony Jones spoke with NASFAA about the task force’s work over the past few months. The purpose of the Resumption of Loan Repayment Task Force is to give thought to what schools and financial aid administrators should be thinking about in preparation for borrowers transitioning back into repayment on federal student loans.

NASFAA UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

NASFAA is pleased to announce that the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Program Commission recently approved an alternative pathway for candidates to qualify to sit for the certification knowledge exam. The Commission has determined that financial aid administrators with 10 or more years of professional financial-aid related experience may qualify without holding a bachelor’s degree. Explore whether you qualify using our interactive eligibility tool. The upcoming testing window opens next Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.

NASFAA's 2023 Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo is just around the corner, but there's still time to register and take advantage of the informative and practical session offerings, including an update on FAFSA simplification from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The Tuesday morning general session will feature Melanie Storey, deputy director of policy implementation and oversight at the Office of Federal Student Aid. During the session, Melanie will discuss current happenings at ED, with an emphasis on significant upcoming federal methodology and FAFSA changes. Be sure to check out our resources to justify your attendance at this year's conference, and register soon to secure your seat!

This interactive webinar, on Wednesday, January 18, at 2 p.m. ET, will focus on the two pending U.S. Supreme Court cases — SFFA v. Harvard and SFFA vs. UNC — which challenge the legitimacy of race-conscious admission policies and seek to overturn decades of federal court precedent. While most of the attention in those cases centers on issues of admission policy and practice, important issues in those cases may bear on the continuing role of race and ethnicity in the awarding of financial aid and scholarships. This webinar will distill the legal issues of consequence for aid and scholarship practitioners, offer insights regarding court decision-readiness strategies and steps to consider, and virtually engage with attendees to address their questions. Register now.

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