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08/12/16 - MASFAA's Leadership Academy
MASFAA's Professional Development and Training Committee would like to invite you and/or your staff to participate in MASFAA's Leadership Academy. You may either nominate yourself (with your supervisor's approval) or nominate someone you manage. Space is limited. Please send completed nomination forms to Julie Lawton at jlawton@fmd.com by Friday, 9/2/16 to be considered for the fall class. If you have any questions, please contact any of the PD&T chairs. The nomination form can be found by clicking "More."  (more...)

Tomorrow is the last day to register online for the conference. After 5:00 pm ET tomorrow, you will need to complete our on-site registration form and bring it to the registration desk in the Marriott Wardman Park to register. If you wish to cancel your conference registration, you must do so by 5:00 pm ET tomorrow, otherwise you will be responsible for the full amount of the registration fees and will be billed (cancellation fees will apply). If someone is attending the conference in your place, please complete the Conference Cancellation & Change of Attendee Form by tomorrow.


Registration is currently open for NASFAA U’s Online Course Verification 2017-18. This course focuses on the principles of verification, information subject to verification, acceptable documentation, processing data corrections, how to verify applicant files in accordance with Title IV verification requirements, and options for institutional verification. Seats fill up fast, so register now.

NASFAA recently released an updated version of its history of legislative changes to the Pell Grant and Federal Methodology (FM) formula, incorporating changes since 2012 when it was last released. There have been no FM formula updates since 2012 when the income threshold for an automatic zero expected family contribution (EFC) decreased from $30,000 to $23,000. No legislative changes been made to the Pell Grant since 2012. The maximum Pell award has been funded through the annual appropriations process since then at $4,860, supplemented by the annual mandatory increase based in the Consumer Price Index as set in law in 2010.

A growing body of research has shown that distributing more information students, or reminding them of certain deadlines with "nudges" through emails, letters, or text messages can have an impact on student behaviors and outcomes. But a new paper based in Texas found providing more information about higher education tax credits had no effect on student outcomes, such as re-enrollment, application, and initial enrollment.

The percentage of military students in the U.S. rose to nearly 5 percent following the implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, according to a new brief from the National Center for Education Statistics’ (NCES) Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

"Just days after a major blow from the federal government that severely limited the school's enrollment, ITT has stopped enrolling all new students," CNN Money reports.

"The new academic year is just getting underway and as millions of students flock to college campuses around the country, the first thing they’ll do before unpacking a dorm room box or stepping foot in a classroom is probably fret about how the heck they’re gonna pay for it," Carlo Salerno, a higher education economist, writes in The Huffington Post.

"For the last year, the U.S. Department (ED) has said that an essential cause of the student loan crisis lies partly with the borrowers. They just don't apply for ED's income-driven repayment programs designed to reduce their payments. A 2015 report by the General Accountability Office reported a similar finding," according to The Street.

"What was supposed to be a year in the U.S. to learn English and advance her career became 11 years for Karla Ayon, a life without legal status and of doing domestic work, rather than using her international trade degree and business acumen," NBC News reports.

"Say what you will about the Obama Administration, it isn’t slowing down as it heads for the exits. The Education Department wants to put as many for-profit colleges as possible out of business, and last week it gave ITT Technical Institute a de facto death sentence," The Wall Street Journal says in an editorial.

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Help us gear up for the 2017 NASFAA National Conference. NASFAA's 2017 Conference Program Task Force is requesting session proposals for the 2017 conference, set for June 26-29, 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center in California. Please note, unlike in previous years, in 2017 the conference will be held in June and will start on a Monday rather than a Sunday. Refer to our Presenters and Moderators page for more information on how to submit a proposal.

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of steadfast financial aid advocate and friend Larry Zaglaniczny. Known for his no-nonsense attitude, compassionate nature, and fierce advocacy for students and schools, Larry served from 1989–2008 as NASFAA’s vice president for governmental relations where he was a friend and mentor to many.

"The existence of Civil War emblems on campus has pounded out a drumbeat of angst and activism at universities across the South in the last few years. But some campuses in this region are part of another North-South rift that’s gotten less attention: Southern states have been disproportionately cutting spending on public higher education," according to The Atlantic.

"Colleges are worried about how to cover the costs of overtime pay that dozens of coaches, counselors, and other employees may soon become entitled to under a new federal rule designed to ensure they're paid equitably," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

"In the fall of 2008, a team of researchers began studying some 3,000 Pell Grant recipients who had enrolled in Wisconsin’s 42 public colleges and universities for the first time that year. At age 18, they were ambitious, committed (all began full time), and entirely unaware that, six years later, fewer than half of them would complete a degree of any kind," Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of higher-­education policy and sociology at Temple University and founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, writes in an opinion piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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