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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: April, 2018
Apr 26, 2018

This week on "Off The Cuff," the team, along with some special guests courtesy of 'bring your child to work day,' discusses a federal district judge's order to continue processing DACA applications. Justin, Megan, and Stephen delve into the Trump administration's latest attempt to delay an Obama-era consumer protection regulation, and Stephen updates the team on the potential for a budget rescission. The team also talks about the Department of Defense's (DoD) opposition to the House Republicans' bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA), and the discovery that a widely-quoted student loan expert was a fictional character.

Apr 19, 2018

This week on "Off The Cuff," Stephen and Allie talk in more detail about how a possible budget rescission — even if it's not passed by Congress — could impact student aid funding, and how members can encourage lawmakers to continue to support the "Fight for Financial Aid" in fiscal year 2019. With midterm elections approaching, the two discuss a new report from the Center for American Progress on how shifting demographics nationwide could impact elections. Plus, Allie gives an update on a lawsuit seeking to halt the Department of Education's process to award partial relief to some borrower defense claimants, and Stephen shares new details on the characteristics of Grad PLUS Loan borrowers from a new report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Apr 12, 2018

This week on "Off The Cuff," the team discusses whether House Speaker Paul Ryan's resignation means the end of his political career and what his final moves may be, and analyzes Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's recent testimony before Congress. Justin, Stephen, and Allie delve into what the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected regarding student loans over the next decade, and Allie breaks down a new report on raising the income threshold for calculating the automatic zero EFC. The team also talks about the much anticipated release of the Pell Grant schedules and a letter that Democratic senators sent to the Department of Education (ED) related to implementing changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Plus, the team discusses some of the swag to be given out at the NASFAA National Conference.

Apr 5, 2018

This week on "Off The Cuff," Allie and Megan answer some lingering questions about a data-sharing provision in the fiscal year 2018 budget, and dig into what might be next on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's regulatory chopping block. Allie and Megan discuss the latest news in ACICS's struggle to maintain federal recognition, and what it could mean for students. Megan also dives into the details of why some institutions are concerned by a bill intended to ease the process of applying for financial aid for students who may not have contact with their parents. Plus, Allie shares some exciting news about a special Easter surprise from this past weekend.

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