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Just the Fact Training Series
This free training is designed to meet the needs of new financial aid professionals with less than two years of experience. The training will be offered over a period of five weeks on the following dates: 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28.

Fall 2015 Carnival of Learning
Planning is underway for the Fall 2015 COL. It will be held Monday, November 16th at the Normandin Middle School in New Bedford. If you are interested in representing your institution or volunteering at the upcoming Carnival, please contact co-chairs Jill Marr or Wenimo Poweigha by clicking on "Fall 2015 Carnival of Learning" above and then the email links from that page.

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NASFAA University’s Online Course Return of Title IV Funds begins in three weeks, reserve your seat. This online course focuses on how to handle a student's Title IV funds when they withdraw from school before completing the payment period or period of enrollment. In addition, the course will teach you how to properly identify a Title IV recipient and the formula associated with the return of Title IV funds. Passing this online course provides a NASFAA University Professional Credential.

"The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General has pumped the brakes on competency-based education, partially due to concerns about the level of interaction between instructors and students in some of those programs," Inside Higher Ed reports.

"... Many observers had assumed that [Arne] Duncan would be among those to turn out the lights on the administration in early 2017, given his close personal relationship to the president; they are basketball-playing buddies as well as close colleagues. And indeed, President Obama said in a news conference announcing Duncan's departure Friday that he had 'pushed Arne to stay,'" Inside Higher Ed reports.

"America's crushing surge of student debt, now at $1.2 trillion, has bred a disturbing new phenomenon: School loans that span multiple generations within families. Weighed down by their own loans, many parents lack the means to fund their children's educations without sinking even deeper into debt," The Associated Press reports.

"While most Clark County high school students want to attend college, many of them don't know how to pursue and pay for a degree, according to survey findings released Friday by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas," the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

"Professors at Utah State University hope to follow about 3,000 middle schoolers over the next seven years to give them the best chance possible at succeeding in college," the Deseret News reports.

"Susan Fischer stumbled into a career in the financial aid office as a student at UW-Madison when, working in 'factories or wherever to pay the bills,' she heard about an opening for a limited term employee at what a friend called a 'funky' place on campus," The Capital Times reports. "She was hired on the spot."

With the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, members of Congress unveil new proposals for the future of higher education on a continuous basis. NASFAA's new series provides monthly updates on new pieces of legislation introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to provide aid administrators with most up-to-date information for their offices and their own administration. Check out The Capitol Recap page to learn more about the proposals that were rolled out last month.

"I was at a financial conference, also attended by a former Democratic politician — a person some used to think was potentially veep material, at least. At one point, this person wondered aloud, 'Why don’t we just make college free?'" according to a blog from James Pethokoukis for AEIdeas.

"As a former Chicago schools chief, Arne Duncan was immersed in the challenges facing K-12 schools when he became secretary of education in 2009. He was much less versed in higher education. But Duncan, who announced Friday that he plans to step down from his Cabinet post in December, has left a significant mark on the nation’s colleges and universities in his tenure of nearly seven years," according to The Washington Post's Grade Point.

NASFAA members yesterday met with congressional staffers to discuss concerns from the graduate and professional student community, including student loan origination fees, the importance of campus-based aid programs, and a need to keep intact the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

NASFAA is here to help you stay up to date on the top policy events occurring throughout the week in Washington, D.C. and, when applicable, across the country. Make sure to check back in to Today's News each morning for coverage of some of the events, and visit NASFAA's D.C. Docket page for more details about the events below and a bulleted list of events coming up after this week.


  • The House in session Tuesday, October 6 - Friday, October 9; the Senate is in session the full week of October 5.



Learn the answer to this question and learn how to instantly find credible and reliable solutions to your most pressing regulatory and compliance questions with NASFAA's AskRegs Knowledgebase. The Knowledgebase guide and video tutorials highlight the many features of this tool.

NASFAA's Board of Directors is here to represent you, and is seeking your feedback and input. By COB Monday, October 26 please submit any questions or comments you might have directly to a member of the NASFAA board by clicking on their name on our Board Member Bios page to send them an email. Questions or feedback may pertain to NASFAA products and services, membership benefits, policy and advocacy, or any other topic you would like to bring before the board. The board will compile feedback and discuss at the Nov. 9-10 board meeting. We welcome your feedback.

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