This week on "Off The Cuff," the team discussed absolutely no useful policy information, and instead drew back the curtains during a live session at the National Conference in San Diego. Conference attendees were able to join Justin, Megan, Stephen, and Allie for a live recording of the podcast, and see the process the team goes through each week to put the show together. The team was also joined by guest host Chandra Owen of Michigan State University, who came out on top in the Super-Fan Showdown. Listen to the full podcast for more on the creation of "Off The Cuff" and our favorite parts of the conference, and get to know your hosts a little better. "Off The Cuff" will be taking a one-week hiatus. Check back for the next episode on July 14!
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin and Megan dive into recently-released guidance from the Department of Education on year-round Pell Grant implementation, and how it will affect schools and students. The team discusses what we know so far about Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's intended pick to head FSA – Dr. A Wayne Johnson – and Allie outlines recent developments with the DACA program. The team picks the winners of the "Off The Cuff" super-fan quiz and announces who will join us on stage in San Diego. Plus, Justin and Megan share their pre-conference rituals, and their favorite past conference locations.
This week on "Off The Cuff," the team dives into the details of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' recent announcement to rewrite the borrower defense and gainful employment regulations, and looks at what action schools should take with gainful employment disclosure deadlines approaching. The decision came amid criticism from some lawmakers and advocacy groups, and support from others – but it's still unclear exactly how the re-opening of negotiated rulemaking will impact students and schools. Allie also gives an update on lawmaker concerns over ED's plans to overhaul the federal student loan servicing system, particularly the plans to move to a single servicer. Megan outlines two letters NASFAA recently sent to ED on the 2018-19 draft FAFSA and the wind down of the Perkins Loan Program, while Stephen gives us a sneak peek of what's to come at the "Fight for Financial Aid" rally at the conference this month.
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Stephen, and Allie discuss how while much of the energy in Washington, D.C. has been funneled into former FBI Director James Comey's testimony, the Senate also questioned Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on the department's proposed 2018 budget. Toward the end of the hearing, DeVos and one senator also engaged in a somewhat confusing exchange about when year-round Pell will be implemented. Meanwhile, talk has been surfacing about a potential re-opening of negotiated rulemaking for two Obama-era regulations: borrower defense to repayment, and gainful employment. Justin dives into what that would mean for schools, and where NASFAA stands. Plus, Justin makes the case for why he should have a book deal documenting his time at NASFAA.