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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: March, 2017
Mar 30, 2017

This week on "Off the Cuff," Justin and Megan discuss the political implications of the House's failure to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, as well as what the outcome means for action on federal higher education policy. The team discusses the latest information on the IRS Data Retrieval Tool outage, and potential cuts to higher education programs for fiscal year 2017. Plus, how did one man end up swimming alone with polar bears, and what exactly does the double-hand-raised emoji mean?

Mar 23, 2017

This week on "Off The Cuff," the team dives into the details of President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal, and whether any of the plans contained in the "skinny budget" have legs to come to fruition. Megan gives an update on developments with the IRS Data Retrieval Tool Outage, and Allie and Stephen discuss NASFAA's new "Fight for Financial Aid" campaign. Plus, which government official has recently taken an interest in student government politics, and what in the world is the Washington Wizards mascot?

Mar 15, 2017

This Week on "Off The Cuff," the policy team gives us the latest information and new developments concerning the IRS Data Retrieval Tool Outage, including a letter NASFAA sent to the Department of Education, urging officials to give some reprieve while the tool is down. Stephen gives a preview of what might come in President Donald Trump's "skinny budget," including potentially devastating cuts to some student aid programs, and Allie fills us in on two gainful employment lawsuits. Plus, learn who's NASFAA's resident "cockroach killer," who was #TeamRaven and #TeamVanessa for this season of The Bachelor...or who was just #TeamSanity. 

Mar 10, 2017

This week on "Off The Cuff," the team dives into issues surrounding the IRS Data Retrieval Tool outage, which officials say could last several weeks. Justin and Megan discuss ED's recent decision to push back two gainful employment deadlines. Stephen gives an update on what to expect in the federal budget, while Allie outlines a new bill focused on employer tax breaks for helping with student loans. Plus, Justin shares his pick for an entertaining and "Sasse" Twitter feed from one U.S. Senator.

Mar 2, 2017

This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, and Allie are joined by Director of Policy Analysis Karen McCarthy, who explains the Department of Education's recent actions regarding verification documentation for non-filers. Justin and Megan discuss new backing out this week from House Speaker Paul Ryan, who announced his support for the year-round Pell Grant. Allie sits down with NASFAA members who spent a day on Capitol Hill advocating for student aid programs during NASFAA's Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo. Plus, guess which current White House official used to have a gig as the White House Easter Bunny?

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