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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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On September 30 2015, NASFAA released an article that analyzed U.S. Department of Education (ED) program reviews from fiscal year (FY) 2014 and FY2015 to provide data on the liabilities and findings assigned to institutions. As a result, NASFAA members requested additional analysis on sector and regional breakdowns. It should be noted that this data includes both NASFAA member and non-member institutions.


Wondering how to treat students enrolled in audited courses for return of Title IV Funds purposes? How about what to do if one parent files taxes as head of household and the other parent is undocumented? Take a look back at last month's most searched topics and the Q&As that ran in Today's News. If you have a question that's not on the list, you can find a credible and reliable answer on the AskRegs Knowledgebase site by browsing or searching the answers provided by our Training and Regulatory Assistance staff. You may also submit your own question using the Request Support feature.

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If you missed the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals originally broadcast on September 30, 2015, it is now available for on demand viewing. In addition, all the questions and answers from the Q&A portion of the live event have been compiled into a Q&A document which is included with your on demand registration. Order the on-demand webinar and you will have access to handouts, Q&A document, and the full archive of the webinar broadcast.

"... Stories of admissions advantages for the nation’s power elite are nothing new, and individual cases of apparent favoritism are often met with shrugs. In recent years, however, disclosures of preferential treatment for connected students at the flagship campuses of Illinois and Texas have struck particularly sour notes, feeding perceptions that the system remains rigged for a privileged few," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

"An economic engine. A jumpstart for lower-income students. A partnership with businesses to groom a workforce. The idea of free community college has been touted as all these, by President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidates, and some Republicans," The Associated Press reports.

"Earlier this year, the University of Idaho's president, Chuck Staben, wondered what would happen if he applied to his own university. So he gave it a shot," Inside Higher Ed reports. "The web portal could be a lot better, he discovered. But that’s a relatively easy fix. More importantly, he came away thinking,why did I have to apply at all?"

"In the past seven years, Kentucky’s public universities have lost a whopping $173 million in state funding," the Lexington Herald Leader reports. "Those cuts started after the 2008 recession, when many states made similar funding decisions. But now Kentucky is one of the few that has not begun to reinvest in higher education."

"In researching my forthcoming book on why so many recent college graduates are struggling to launch into a career, one concern I heard repeatedly from employers is that too many of today’s college students lack basic work experience," Jeffrey Selingo writes for The Washington Post. "Though plenty of students completed internships while in college — a critical marker on any résumé — many of them never had other part-time jobs, working the register at McDonald’s or folding clothes at the Gap like previous generations did."

Undergraduate enrollment at colleges and universities in the U.S. dropped slightly over the last five years, according to new data from the Department of Education’s (ED) National Center for Education Statistics. During that same time period, the percentage of revenue derived from student tuition and fees sharply declined at private nonprofit institutions, while holding fairly steady at public four-year and private for-profit schools.

NASFAA is here to help you stay up to date on the top policy events occurring throughout the week in Washington, D.C. and, when applicable, across the country. The House and Senate are scheduled to be in session the week of November 30, but there are no known financial aid related events at this time. Keep an eye out for next week's D.C. Docket for policy events and email us at news@nasfaa.org if you're aware of upcoming policy events that could be of interest to the financial aid community.

In an essay in the special edition of NASFAA's Journal of Student Financial Aid, Judith Scott-Clayton writes about what we've learned about the effectiveness of financial aid since the Higher Education Act was signed into law in 1965. Scott-Clayton, an associate professor of economics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, also discusses ways to improve federal financial aid – such as by simplifying the FAFSA application process – in order to better expand college access to those who need it most.


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.

"After years of unprecedented financial and enrollment gains, the for-profit college industry is in a tailspin as once-mighty firms are shuttering or agreeing to large legal payments to settle cases in which they were accused of misleading students," The Atlantic reports.

"Is a high discount rate a guaranteed trouble sign for colleges? Not necessarily, experts say -- sometimes colleges can leverage discounts to increase revenue, at least if they are increasing enrollment. But maintaining very high discount rates can be a risky strategy and an indicator a college is in distress," Inside Higher Ed reports.

"In an effort to help borrowers struggling to repay student debt, Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday announced a new student loan assistance unit and a crackdown on unlawful debt relief companies," State House News Service reports.

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