Episode 142: The Latest From ED on COVID-19 and Financial Aid

This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, Jill, and Allie continue discussions on the impact the novel coronavirus is having on higher education and student financial aid — including breaking news from the Department of Education regarding the distribution of emergency funds to be used to directly help students. The team is also joined by special guest Renee Swift of Nazareth College, who shared her experience adjusting to teleworking and navigating new guidance around financial aid during the COVID-19 outbreak. At 15:30, Justin discusses likely increases in professional judgment requests as students and families adjust to new financial realities, and at 19 minutes, Jill gets into the details of ED's latest guidance released late last Friday. At 29:30, Megan gives an update on the latest new from Capitol Hill and whether we'll see another relief package, as well as a $47 billion ask from the higher education community. Plus, the group wants to know: If your quarantine name is the last thing you ate, plus your high school mascot, what would your name be? Until next week - signed, "Pretzel Bite Don."


Justin Draeger

Megan Coval

Allie Arcese


Renee Swift

Justin "Chicken Salad Ranger" Draeger
President & CEO

Megan "Turkey Tornado" Coval
Vice President, Policy & Federal Relations

Allie "Pretzel Bite Don" Arcese
Managing Editor

Jill "Cashew Red Raider" Desjean
Policy Analyst

Renee "Oatmeal Tiger" Swift
Associate Director of Financial Aid
Nazareth College


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Publication Date: 4/10/2020

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