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NASFAA University is an important aspect of meeting the training the needs of the membership. In 2012, NASFAA University began offering credentials in all of the major areas of Title IV administration. In an ongoing effort to maximize the already established credential program and extend the standing of individuals who have earned multiple credentials, NASFAA will re-examine the opportunity for a Financial Aid Certification. This task force will ultimately determine if NASFAA should move forward with implementing a certification program. Review the complete task force charter and complete the volunteer form by 5:00 pm ET Friday, February 19.

#FinAidFeb

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month and we want to know how your office is celebrating. Share your pictures, stories, and activities with us by emailing news@nasfaa.org, and keep an eye on our Facebook page to see how your colleagues are celebrating. Find out more about how NASFAA is celebrating this month and be sure to tweet your support using the hashtag #FinAidFeb.

Proposals to income-based repayment (IBR) programs and education tax credits that are simple, easy to operate, and inclusive of all students who could benefit have the potential to make federal student aid stronger, according to a new report from the Urban Institute.

"Almost all college financial aid officers (95 percent) believe that their office has a responsibility to educate students in financial literacy. Still, with some critics calling America’s student debt levels a crisis, at least one in five financial aid offices has no financial literacy program, and more than half of those with a program believe it could use improvement, according to a new study by iontuition,"The Fiscal Times reports.

"Policy initiatives affecting federal student loans that require Congressional ascent may grind to a halt in 2016. The Obama administration's lame duck phase is in full swing while Republicans have majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Gridlock is in the air," according to The Street.

"In March, the first group of American high school juniors will sit for a newly overhauled Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) that features more time for fewer questions, among other changes. But even with a makeover, the test, administered by the College Board, may have lost some of its power to determine a student’s academic future," Bloomberg Business reports.

"Free college for all may sound appealing, but it's not as simple as Bernie Sanders makes it out to be," according to CNN.

"Recently, a great deal of debate has centered on whether the nation’s first black president has failed its historically black colleges and universities," according to The Atlantic.

"Recently we’ve been talking (and beginning to collaborate) with a remarkable woman named Charisse Wernecke. Dr. Wernecke holds a PhD in higher education leadership and policy, and she has some great ideas about how to fix American colleges," Bill Fotsch and John Case write in a Forbes opinion piece.

"Who would have thought you could run into a land mine of rip-offs just trying to find a way to slash a few bucks off your student loan payment each month? Borrower beware," Susan Torpor writes in a column for The Detroit Free-Press. "The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has noted that student loan borrowers shouldn't be lured into paying for federal benefits that are offered with no extra fees."

"Officials at Marinello Schools of Beauty announced Thursday that they are shutting down campus operations. This decision follows the U.S. Department of Education's announcement Monday that the institution lost the ability to participate in the federal student aid program," Inside Higher Ed reports.

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Have you ever wondered if your colleagues ask the same regulatory questions you do? If so, then the NASFAA Top AskRegs Questions webinar is for you. This webinar will broadcast at 2:00 pm ET, March 2, 2016, and will review the top AskRegs questions NASFAA members have submitted this year. NASFAA presenters will review requirements and best practices related to these top issues and give attendees a chance to ask additional questions. Register now.

 
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