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This week on a special episode of “Off The Cuff,” Justin is joined by Andy Brantley, president and CEO at CUPA-HR, and Anthony Jones, executive director of scholarships and financial aid at the University of Utah, to discuss employee retention within the higher education sector, with a focus on financial aid offices. The group dives into some recen…
 
This week on "Off the Cuff," Justin is joined by NASFAA Senior Policy Analyst Jill Desjean and NASFAA U Instructor David Tolman to discuss regulatory updates from the Department of Education (ED) that directly impact the Pell Grant program and FAFSA guidance. Jill walks members through the latest news concerning updates coming to the FAFSA, impacts…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin and Karen are joined by Jon Fansmith, the American Council on Education's assistant vice president for government relations, to discuss some key takeaways from the NASFAA 2022 National Conference. The team shares their highlights from their time in Austin and discusses their takeaways from NASFAA’s first in-perso…
 
This week in a special edition of “Off The Cuff,” Justin is joined by U.S. Department of Education Under Secretary James Kvaal to discuss the administration's higher education priorities. Kvaal spoke during NASFAA’s 2022 national conference in Austin and provided financial aid administrators with key insight into ED’s approach to addressing a host …
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin and Karen are joined by Jon Fansmith, the American Council on Education's assistant vice president for government relations, to discuss the latest news from the Department of Education (ED) concerning borrower defense claims against Corinthian Colleges, Inc. The team discusses the Biden administration’s efforts t…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Allie fills in for Justin and is joined by NASFAA Senior Policy Analyst Jill Desjean and NASFAA U Instructor David Tolman to discuss the latest news out of the Department of Education (ED) concerning verification waivers. David has the latest information members should be aware of and how ED’s temporary changes will imp…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin and Karen are joined by Jon Fansmith, the American Council on Education's assistant vice president for government relations, to discuss the latest news surrounding the potential for broader student loan debt relief that the White House is actively examining, and the wide-ranging implications executive action coul…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by Kevin Carey, vice president for education policy and knowledge management at New America where he also directs the education policy program, for a wide-ranging conversation covering structural reforms needed for higher education, and how policy choices can improve institutional accountability for stu…
 
This week on "Off the Cuff," Justin is joined by NASFAA Senior Policy Analyst Jill Desjean and NASFAA U Instructor David Tolman to discuss new guidelines for institutions regarding transcript withholding along with the latest federal and state level developments concerning the practice. David then dives into answering questions on crossover payment…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by longtime financial aid professional Mary Sommers, director of financial aid at the University of Nebraska, Kearney, to walk through her experience sharing student data and to discuss how schools should be thinking about these requests. Mary and Justin dive deep into the potential pitfalls regarding s…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Allie fills in for Justin and is joined by Karen, Owen, and Jon Fansmith, the American Council on Education's assistant vice president for government relations, to discuss the news of the Biden administration once again extending the pause on federally-held student loan payments and interest accrual, this time extending…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by Dr. Ellie Bruecker, a senior research associate at the Seldin /Haring-Smith Foundation, to dive deep into the growing trend of states requiring FAFSA completion for high school graduation and what it means for postsecondary enrollment. Bruecker shares insights from data collected during her dissertat…
 
This week on "Off the Cuff," Justin is joined by NASFAA Senior Policy Analyst Jill Desjean and NASFAA U Instructor David Tolman to discuss some significant updates to HEERF reporting, with the Department of Education recently making changes to the Quarterly Budget and Expenditures Report, as well as changes to the clock hour-to-credit hour conversi…
 
This week on “Off The Cuff,” Justin is joined by Scott Buchanan, Student Loan Servicing Alliance’s (SLSA) executive director, to discuss the somewhat contentious environment facing the student loan servicing industry as well as its role within the highly complicated world of higher education financing. The conversation is a deep dive about where st…
 
This week on “Off the Cuff,” Justin and Karen are joined by Jon Fansmith, the American Council on Education's assistant vice president for government relations, to recap President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address and discuss the speech’s implications for the administration's higher education agenda. The team then dives into additional adminis…
 
This week on "Off the Cuff," NASFAA’s Managing Editor and founding podcast member Allie Arcese fills in for Justin as she and Staff Reporter Owen Daugherty discuss the best career advice they’ve received before hearing from members about what advice they’ve carried with them and what they would tell someone just getting their start in financial aid…
 
This week on "Off the Cuff," Justin is joined by NASFAA Senior Policy Analyst Jill Desjean and NASFAA U Instructor David Tolman to break down the latest on gainful employment as the Department of Education’s (ED) negotiated rulemaking committee once again tackles the topic. David and Justin then discuss disbursing Title IV aid for a completed payme…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin and Karen are joined by Jon Fansmith, the American Council on Education's assistant vice president for government relations, to go over all that’s on Congress’ agenda as it returns from winter break, headlined by a Supreme Court vacancy and tensions abroad. The full legislative docket likely means the Build Back …
 
This week on “Off The Cuff,” Justin is joined by Dr. Sandy Baum, a nonresident senior fellow for the Center on Education Data and Policy at the Urban Institute, as they discuss higher education priorities and how in a world of limited resources the federal government can best allocate and target spending. The conversation touches on free community …
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by NASFAA Senior Policy Analyst Jill Desjean and NASFAA U Instructor David Tolman, who give listeners an update on a number of regulatory issues. Jill and David provide insight on some questions from NASFAA members concerning the HEERF annual reporting form, regulatory assistance issues concerning insti…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin and Karen are joined by Jon Fansmith, the American Council on Education's assistant vice president for government relations, to dive into their predictions concerning higher education’s political landscape for 2022. The group covers Build Back Better’s pathway, congressional dynamics on spending bills, the pandem…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by NASFAA’s 2021-22 National Chair Brent Tener and Beth Maglione, NASFAA’s executive vice president. The three dive into conversation surrounding professional experience, NASFAA’s operations, and experiences working with a variety of higher education institutions. The discussion also centers on the most…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by NASFAA’s Vice President of Professional Development & Institutional Compliance Dana Kelly and Shannon Crossland, executive director of student financial aid & scholarships at Texas Tech University. The group discusses Shannon’s career path in financial aid and how administrators can develop and advan…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by NASFAA Policy Analyst Jill Desjean and NASFAA U Instructor David Tolman to give listeners an update on the Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement (ASLA) and regulatory takeaways from the annual Federal Student Aid Training Conference. David and Justin discuss the Top Audit and Program Review Findings se…
 
On this episode of "Off The Cuff," Justin and Karen are joined by Jon Fansmith, the American Council on Education's assistant vice president for government relations, to help break down the latest on the end-of-year activity on Capitol Hill. The group also discusses a recent hearing with Department of Education Under Secretary James Kvaal where law…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by three financial aid professionals who discuss how their offices plan to operate as we transition into 2022 where higher education, like many sectors, begins to approach a resumption of pre-pandemic operations. Tune in hear firsthand from our guests — Tyler Pruett, director of financial aid at Samuel …
 
This week on "Off the Cuff," Justin is joined by NASFAA Policy Analyst Jill Desjean and NASFAA U Instructor David Tolman to catch members up on updates from the Department of Education. Specifically, Jill highlights new agency recommendations concerning updated guidance on institutional aid offers and David details new academic calendar formats and…
 
This week on “Off The Cuff,” Justin and Karen are joined by the American Council on Education’s Assistant Vice President for Government Relations Jon Fansmith. The group kicks things off by detailing what higher education provisions have made the cut for President Joe Biden’s most recent Build Back Better framework. Karen then provides some fodder …
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by Michael Stratford, an education reporter at Politico, to discuss all things student loans and federal financial aid. The two break down key differences between the Biden and Obama administrations’ higher education agendas before covering how the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) is being run under …
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by Emma Crawford, manager of financial aid and financial wellness at the University of Wisconsin, where she works with medical students advising them on financial budgeting and creating a plan to pay off their student loans. Along with University of Wisconsin medical student Chris Rufus Sweeney, the gro…
 
This week on “Off the Cuff” we’re bringing listeners a new podcast format featuring in-depth discussion with NASFAA staff on the latest pressing regulatory topics and questions. Justin is joined by NASFAA Policy Analyst Jill Desjean and NASFAA U Instructor David Tolman to discuss how a rule from the Department of Education on distance learning chan…
 
“Off The Cuff” is back and excited to bring listeners new aspects to the podcast. In this week’s “Inside the Beltway'' episode, Justin is joined by the association’s new Vice President of Public Policy and Federal Relations Karen McCarthy and the American Council on Education’s Assistant Vice President for Government Relations Jon Fansmith. The gro…
 
This week on a special episode of “Off The Cuff,” the team provides a quick update on developments surrounding the budget reconciliation process and how the Build Back Better Act will impact higher education policies. Rachel and Karen dive right into the legislation making its way through the House and specifically highlight what the current versio…
 
The group reconvenes amid an extended summer break to chat with Megan, share some fond memories, and wish her the best in her next endeavor as she wraps up her final week with NASFAA. Megan reminisces about how she landed the job, her early days at NASFAA, and how much the advocacy and higher education landscape has changed over the course of her d…
 
This week on a special episode of "Off The Cuff," Rachel hosts a discussion with NASFAA’s most recent Dallas Martin Endowment (DME) Policy Intern, Richard Davis, Jr. The higher education policy experts delve into a host of issues surrounding student aid and recap this summer’s advocacy efforts. Rachel and Richard cover topics concerning Pell Grant …
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," the team dives into Congress’ legislative landscape for the summer with the House slated to shortly adjourn until mid-September. Justin and Megan provide updates on the annual budgeting process, what to expect in the reconciliation process and highlight a number of policy proposals that could see floor action in the mon…
 
This week on “Off The Cuff,” the team covers the latest news from the Department of Education (ED) concerning changes to the verification process for the 2021-22 award year. Jump to minute 7:03 to dive right into the policy discussion where Karen and Justin break down what impact the changes will have on the upcoming award year. Hugh has an update …
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," the team provides updates on the latest news surrounding efforts to double the maximum Pell Grant award and the developments on the legislative landscape for implementing President Joe Biden’s higher education agenda. Megan previews the House’s next steps on working through the appropriations process with the Department…
 
This week on a special episode of "Off The Cuff" we hear from Federal Student Aid's (FSA) Chief Operating Officer Richard Cordray as he spoke at the NASFAA 2021 virtual conference and detailed his vision for FSA. Justin then dives into a Q&A with Cordray where they discuss potential reforms for the the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," the group returns from a week off to discuss the latest news as Megan covers a new bill released by top Democrats that calls for gradually doubling the maximum federal Pell Grant award over a five-year period and extend eligibility to those enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, commonly …
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Megan details President Joe Biden’s budget proposal and the proposed increase in funding for the Department of Education (ED) and investment in the federal Pell Grant program. Allie then covers the latest news as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are pressing Education Secretary Miguel Cardona for a plan on how the d…
 
This week on a special episode of "Off The Cuff," Allie kicks things off with a brief recap of some big higher education news from the past week, including public hearings ahead of new negotiated rulemaking sessions. Justin then introduces our special guests — Brenda Hicks, Christina Tangalakis, and Francisco Valines — who provided insight into the…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Allie kicks things off with details from a new letter from the Biden administration, offering insight on the Department of Education’s potential pathway forward on gainful employment rules. Jill then delves into a new HEERF report highlighting closed schools receiving HEERF funding and provides an update on HEERF III gr…
 
This week on “Off The Cuff,” the team dives right in to discuss the Department of Education’s (ED) latest announcement on new HEERF guidance and reporting requirements, including additional ways in which institutions can utilize the recently enacted $36 billion in emergency grants to support vulnerable students, monitor and suppress the coronavirus…
 
This week on “Off The Cuff,” the team dives right into the new leadership announcement at the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) and discusses what impact Richard Cordray could have on the agency as the new chief operating officer and how the Department of Education (ED) will coordinate to address pressing issues like student loans and FAFSA simpl…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," the group discusses President Joe Biden's address to a joint session of Congress where he pitched his American Family Plan to lawmakers and the nation. Megan and Justin then break down all the details surrounding Biden's new proposal calling for tuition-free community college for all Americans and a significant boost to…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," the group discusses the latest comments from Department of Education officials about prioritizing fixing the much-maligned Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Megan details the latest proposal that calls for making community college and trade school programs tuition-free and calls for doubling the maximum Pell Gran…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," the group covers the highlights from a Senate committee hearing on student loan debt. Jump to minute 10:30 to dive right into the policy discussion as Megan and Justin break down the confirmation hearing of James Kvaal, the nominee to serve as Department of Education (ED) under secretary. Megan then provides top-level n…
 
This week on “Off The Cuff,” the group returns from a brief hiatus to talk about their spring breaks and how boundaries have changed while working from home. Jump to minute 11:00 of the podcast to dive right into the policy discussion. Megan previews the budget proposal soon to be released from the White House, and Karen and Megan detail when to ex…
 
This week on “Off The Cuff,” Megan kicks things off by highlighting NASFAA’s joint effort in bringing to light important recommendations for the Department of Education (ED) to consider so borrowers are smoothly and successfully transitioned back into repayment once the federal protection currently in place expires. The team then covers recent cong…
 
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