Covid-19 and Impacts on Financial Aid

In addition to the obvious health implications of this virus, COVID-19 has created unique issues and impacts to colleges and universities, especially in the administration of financial aid. The Federal Department of Education and other Federal and State agencies are working diligently to provide guidance, direction, and regulatory updates, in what is a fluid and…

2019 Financial Wellness Symposium

9:00 AM – 3:30 PM Rubin Campus Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute Register now! Join us for the third annual Financial Wellness Symposium! This year’s symposium will focus on strengthening our financial wellness work across diverse institution types, student populations, and stages of program development.  Agenda: Registration & Coffee (9:00-9:30 am) Welcome (9:30-9:45 am) The…

Federal Student Aid Debit Card Pilot Program-The Good and the Bad

In January 2018 a notice posted on the federal register announced that the Department of Education plans to launch a pilot program for a Federal Student Aid payment card to facilitate the refund of FSA funds, along with other funds originated by schools. The pilot program includes the FSA payment card, which would act much like a…

Major Changes for 2018-2019 FAFSA

          October is here and that means it is almost time to start thinking about 2018-2019 school year. The Department of Education made some major changes to FAFSA and how it will be processed. Below are those changes:  Secure Connections across Federal Web sites and Web services  Internal Revenue Service (IRS)…

Recent News

  • Nominate Your Colleague for an Award today!

    posted on September 23, 2019

    Charles “Jack” Sheehan Distinguished Service Award-Service to the Profession The purpose of the award is to recognize service to the financial aid profession. Qualifications: An individual who exhibits the traits of intelligence, integrity, fairness, ingenuity, creativity, humor, involuntary insomnia, and endless patience. Criteria: Important contribution to the financial aid profession because of a commitment in…

  • Negotiated Rulemaking Update On TEACH Grants – Brian Swenson, MASFAA Government Relations

    posted on April 11, 2019

    Negotiated rulemaking (Neg Reg) is a process utilized by federal agencies whereby representatives from the agency and affected interest groups work together in a committee to negotiate the terms of a proposed administrative rule. If consensus is not reached on all topics up for negotiation, then the federal agency is not required to adopt any…


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