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NASFAA's Off the Cuff Podcast

Hosted by NASFAA staff, this weekly podcast offers an unscripted view of hot financial aid and higher education-related topics. Justin Draeger and co-hosts will discuss what's happening inside the beltway to give you an insider's perspective.
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Now displaying: January, 2017
Jan 26, 2017

This week on "Off The Cuff," the team discusses President Donald Trump's inauguration, and how the new administration is coming together. Stephen and Justin give an update on the confirmation of Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos, as well as other education political appointees moving in. Karen breaks down the second package of borrower defense procedural rules, which took immediate effect, and Allie discusses state intervention in lawsuits with ACICS and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Plus, Justin ponders what was in the Tiffany box First Lady Melania Trump gave to former First Lady Michelle Obama, and everyone debates whether Dippin' Dots is actually "real" ice cream. 

Jan 19, 2017

This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Stephen, and Allie discuss Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos' confirmation hearing with the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and what we can expect to see moving forward. The team discusses breaking news on a lawsuit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed against Navient. Justin dives into the implications of the Department of Education's recent announcement of a data error on repayment rates in the College Scorecard, and Jill breaks down a clarification from ED on its intent on state authorization reciprocity.

Jan 12, 2017

This week on "Off The Cuff," Karen digs into questions around how financial aid administrators answer tax-related questions for non-filers. The policy team talks about Congress's recent "vote-a-rama" and how a future budget reconciliation bill could impact higher education. Justin and Stephen discuss the ongoing confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks, and Allie and Karen dive into the Department of Education's release of final gainful employment rates. Plus, the team shares their top higher education policy hopes for 2017.

Jan 5, 2017

This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Stephen, and Allie are joined by NASFAA policy analyst Jill Desjean, who summarizes the Department of Education's new regulations on state authorization and distance education. Justin and Stephen discuss what's to come with the new Congress and a budget deal, as well as some areas of higher education policy that a Trump administration could focus on. Plus, Justin and Stephen share their favorite moments from the 115th Congress's swearing-in, and Jill tells us about a different kind of registry in the UK.

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