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2015 MASFAA Conference
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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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Every year, NASFAA recognizes outstanding members and other higher education stakeholders for their achievements and contributions to financial aid. Nominations are due February 5, 2016, but there is no need to wait—submit your nominations online today. Award winners will be announced at the 2016 NASFAA National Conference and 50th anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C.


Administrative capability is one of the cornerstones of the Title IV regulations. In order for a school to participate in the Title IV programs, it must demonstrate that it can adhere to these regulations. This course focuses on the administrative capability provisions and examines what a school should do to demonstrate its continued compliance as a participant in the Title IV Programs. Passing this online course provides a NASFAA University Professional Credential.

"A group of rising high school seniors stood in a circle at Rutgers University-Newark’s campus, playing an icebreaker. Not that they needed it. The group had been living on campus together for three weeks, and already felt like family," according The Hechinger Report. "...Their common goal? Getting to and through college, no matter the obstacles."

"Bernie Sanders attracted a 20,000-person crowd in Boston over the weekend with his uncreative wish list of a platform, in which college would be free for all, Social Security would be expanded for all and medical coverage would be highly subsidized for all — regardless of whether you actually need the help," Stephen Stromberg writes in an opinion piece for The Washington Post.

"Ever since President Obama announced Americas College Promise, his plan to make community colleges tuition-free, the debate and conversation about making colleges free has been building with many productive ideas coming forward," Bernie Rhinerson, a Trustee on the San Diego Community College District Board, writes in an opinion piece for the San Diego Free Press.

"The federal government’s oldest grant program that helps low-income students gain access to college may be on the chopping block," Stephen Burd, a senior policy analyst in the Education Policy Program at New America, writes in an opinion piece for The Hechinger Report.

"Earlier this week, the Department of Education announced that the cohort default rate for federal student loans, which is one of the more visible metrics used to determine a school's eligibility to participate in the federal student aid programs, decreased for the second year in a row," according to U.S. News & World Report's Student Loan Ranger.

"With most of today’s high school students taking several high-stakes standardized tests before graduation, a so-called 'practice test' might seem insignificant. But in the case of the PSAT (more formally known as the Preliminary SAT), that would be a mistake," according to Money.

"Two-thirds of jobs in Iowa will require a post-secondary education or other training beyond high school by 2025, according to a new report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce," The Daily Nonpareil reports.

The House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight on Wednesday held a hearing to examine the rising cost of higher education and whether the nation’s tax policies are contributing to that trend.

"The University of Texas System Board of Regents gave schools the approval to present proposals for increases to tuition and fees for fiscal years 2017 and 2018 during a special meeting Friday," USA Today reports.

No matter what size your campus is, communicating between departments and offices can be a challenge. Here are approaches from three NASFAA members that have paid off and helped them better communicate for their students.

"More than 67 million people over the age of 25 hold a bachelor’s degree, and there are 40 percent more people enrolled in higher education today than in 2000. As a result, outstanding student loans now total more than $1 trillion — the largest category of consumer debt in the country except for mortgages. Current and aspiring elected officials alike have voiced concern over student loans," Jack Remondi, president and CEO of Navient, writes in an opinion piece for Politico.

"Imagine if you had to pay 18 percent interest today on a mortgage or auto loan. Absurd, you’d say, when the prime rate has hovered at 3.25 percent for years. But some students who seek loans in the private market have to pay such exorbitant rates, which is why relying on the private sector for student loans is a dangerous idea," Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) writes in an opinion piece for Politico.

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