Episode 185: Cardona Confirmed, All Things HEERF, and the Latest on COVID Aid

This week on "Off The Cuff," Allie discusses Miguel Cardona’s recent confirmation as Education Secretary and Justin highlights a letter NASFAA signed onto touting the importance for the newly appointed secretary to implement changes made to the FAFSA in an efficient and timely manner. Allie and Justin then cover the latest news surrounding institutional accountability and the status of ACICS, an embattled accrediting agency. Jill provides an update on the latest news surrounding HEERF and HEERF II, while Megan dives into the latest on the state of play for the House-passed COVID relief package currently being taken up by the Senate. Plus, Justin wants to know: Do you think the pandemic will lead to permanent changes for financial aid operations?


Justin Draeger Megan Coval Allie Bidwell Jill Desjean
Justin Draeger
President & CEO

Megan Coval
Vice President, Policy & Federal Relations
Allie Arcese
Managing Editor

Jill Desjean
Policy Analyst


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Publication Date: 3/5/2021

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