today’s news for Monday, June 26, 2017

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It's a beautiful day here in San Diego and we're gearing up for today's opening session with featured speaker John Quiñones. Follow along with all that's going on today on Facebook and Twitter using #NASFAA2017 and keep an eye on on our 2017 Conference Summaries page for frequent updates throughout the conference. Please note: email responses will be delayed while NASFAA’s Training and Regulatory Assistance staff are at the conference. However, NASFAA's AskRegs Knowledgebase will still be available to help you instantly find credible and reliable solutions to your most pressing regulatory and compliance questions.

In a guest blog post for WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), NASFAA Reporter Brittany Hacket shares some tips from practing financial aid adminstrators for working with non-traditional students. "When you think of college students, who are you picturing? Probably someone who just graduated from high school and is headed off to an ivy-covered campus, living away from home for the first time. While that’s still the reality for some, financial aid administrators know that today’s average college student is anything but traditional," she writes. 


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.

By making a determination of unaccompanied homeless youth status, a financial aid administrator is confirming a student meets the three-part definition of an unaccompanied homeless youth. Nine NASFAA member institutions have shared the checklists they use for such determinations. Take a look at their templates to get ideas for your own. Looking for more information and tools to assist homeless youth in applying for Federal Student Aid? SchoolHouse Connection is hosting a webinar Wednesday, June 28 at 1:00 pm where Department of Education presenters will discuss financial aid policies and practices for homeless youth.


Overview of the Financial Aid Programs introduces attendees to basic financial aid concepts, categories and types of financial aid, the Title IV aid programs, and other federal sources of assistance to students. This course is not only an effective training tool for new financial aid staff, it also offers your institution's non-financial aid staff a basic understanding of financial aid programs and requirements. Seats are filling quickly. Register Now.


The Department's federal offices and Title IV processors and contact centers will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 to observe the Independence Day federal holiday.

The COD Processing Update provides information related to COD System processing and includes the following sections: COD News and Updates, Current Issues (with a subsection for All Programs, Direct Loans, and Grants), and Reminders.


National News

"The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday offered a first glimpse at how it is carrying out the Trump administration's push to ease federal regulations -- and asked for advice on what rules it should eliminate," Inside Higher Ed reports.

"The high school gym swirled with blue-and-white graduation gowns and glittering dreams. Some seniors had won university scholarships. Others were counting on springboarding from community college to a four-year degree. But for a good number of the 18-year-olds here and at graduations across the country, there was no golden ticket to higher education," The New York Times reports.

"President Trump's proposed budget calls for cutting back affordable options for people paying back student loans. Even with the current slate of repayment plans, millions of Americans who took out money to go to college are struggling to keep up. As a result, federal officials have been taking former students to court. Since 2012, these borrowers have paid the government $87 million after facing lawsuits. Bobby Allyn of member station WHYY brings us this story about how private law firms help the government get those loans repaid," NPR reports.

State News

"The Rhode Island House of Representatives has approved a pilot program to provide tuition-free community college to in-state students," The Associated Press reports.


"Kansas held its 2017 Spring Conference in Topeka, KS this April on KASFAA’s Easy Street," according to the Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators's (RMASFAA) The Exchange Blog. "Over 20 people took advantage of the NASFAA Student Eligibility credentialing opportunity, bringing the total number to around 50 people who have done so. RMASFAA President, Vicki Kucera came to Kansas to present a workshop about Satisfactory Academic Progress."




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