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Incoming college students could benefit from taking more credits each semester, according to a new study. Taking a slightly heavier course load wouldn't just help them graduate on time, but could also be associated with higher grades and retention rates, the study found.

 Austin 2018

Help us gear up for the 2018 NASFAA National Conference. NASFAA's 2018 Conference Program Task Force is requesting session proposals for the 2018 conference, set for June 24-27, 2018 in Austin, TX. Refer to our Presenters and Moderators page for more information on how to submit a proposal. The deadline is October 23.

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Does your vocabulary include terms such as database matches, secondary confirmation, citizens, eligible noncitizens, permanent residents, DACA, undocumented parents selected for verification, Social Security cards, and passports? Can you name USCIS forms in your sleep? Then you should join us Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at 2:00 pm ET for the NASFAA Webinar, Citizenship Issues Spotlight. NASFAA presenters will will examine issues involving these topics based on submissions to NASFAA's AskRegs service. Register now.

Take the Mic

NASFAA’s staff and elected officers are frequently out and about, speaking on the issues that matter to our members at key events in both the Washington, DC policy community and at state and regional conferences. Next month, NASFAA Vice President Megan Coval will speak at the Chesapeake and Potomac Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (CAPACRAO) Annual Conference in Laurel, MD. Head to the Events Calendar to see what's on tap for the next couple of months and check back frequently for updates.


In notice document 2017-09167, appearing on pages 21204 through 21208, in the issue of Friday, May 5, 2017, make the following corrections.


National News

"To ease the financial aid application process for students with unique circumstances and backgrounds, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) recently published tip sheets," Associations Now reports.

"'Ask Brianna' is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out," Brianna McGurran writes. "I'm here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans –– all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college." NASFAA's Megan Coval is quoted.

"Young undocumented immigrants are fighting for increased opportunities to go to college as they face a backlash in some states to block them and new federal policies that put their families in greater danger of deportation," according to American Public Media.

State News

"On Aug. 17, six recipients of former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy took to the podium at Triune Mercy Center to share their stories and experiences, and advocate for the passage of the Dream Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation introduced last month by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.," the Greenville Journal reports.


"Foster care placement has been described as the most tragic experience faced by a child because it introduces instability to their already chaotic life. Furthermore, frequent placement changes and lack of foster care resources for older youth, as well as problems with the quality and consistency of independent living planning, may hinder educational progress," Wanda Davidson writes for Youth Today.

"Parents across the United States tell their children that if they graduate from high school, go to college and get a job, they can embrace the American Dream," Mary Clare Amselem writes for the Winona Daily News. "Unfortunately, however, high college costs exacerbated by overgenerous federal lending policies have encouraged more students to take on high levels of student loan debt. As a result, graduates often leave college unprepared to pursue their career and life goals and are saddled with a debt burden that limits their upward mobility."

"A growing number of student loan borrowers -- nearly one in three -- aren't making headway in paying down their loans five years after leaving school," Stephen Dash writes for Forbes.



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