This week on “Off The Cuff,” the team rehashes details from a busy week on Capitol Hill and within the Department of Education following the resignation of James Runcie, former chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid. Runcie’s resignation came less than two days before he was scheduled to testify before a joint hearing of two House Oversight subcommittees on improper payments with NASFAA President Justin Draeger and the Inspector General’s office. It was reported that Runcie resigned after a clash with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos concerning his requested appearance at the hearing. The Trump administration this week also released its proposed fiscal year 2018 budget, which included significant cuts to federal student aid and the elimination of several programs. Catch up on all the action this week. “Off The Cuff” is taking a one week hiatus – join us again on June 9 for our next episode!
This week on "Off The Cuff," the team discusses details from a leaked version of President Donald Trump's forthcoming education budget, including steep cuts to certain student aid programs, and the elimination of Public Service Loan Forgiveness, among other significant changes. Allie fills us in on a new bipartisan bill that would do away with the student unit record ban, but put certain limitations on the data collection and usage. Justin and Megan dive into feedback on the implementation of Year-Round Pell, and Stephen outlines the recommendations in NASFAA's new report on improving oversight and transparency within Federal Student Aid. Plus, Sen. Ben Sasse gives us more Twitter gold, and Justin shares which social media platform he thinks can give NASFAA a leg up.
This week on "Off The Cuff," Megan, Allie, and Jill discuss Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' recent appearances, including a speech at Arizona State University where she questioned reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, instead appearing to favor starting from scratch. Jill gives an overview of the FAFSA verification requirements ED outlined for 2018-19, once the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is again fully functional, and Allie recaps an update on where the Department of Education stands on plans to create a single loan servicing portal. Plus, Megan tells us about the White House's new furry friend "Marlon Bundo," and Jill makes the case for attending goat yoga.
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Stephen, and Allie discuss the details of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's hearing on the FAFSA data breach. During the hearing, federal officials announced that the DRT will be up and running again for the next FAFSA cycle, but with some changes that could complicate things for students and financial aid offices. Stephen also explains the nuances of approval for the year-round Pell Grant in Congress' recent budget deal, and how funding for the Pell program could impact awards for the 2017-18 award year and beyond. Plus, Justin sells us on why "shower wipes" are a great alternative when you're on the move, and Stephen tells us about a "Mission Impossible"-style test thievery in Kentucky.