This week on "Off The Cuff," the policy team gives an update on Congress's plans for tax reform and a potential budget resolution. Megan and Stephen discuss the likely end of the Perkins Loan program, and Justin dives into the Education Department's Office of Inspector General's audit into Western Governors University. Allie outlines the latest data from ED on the national student loan cohort default rate. Plus, the team discusses readers' picks for the scariest movies of all time and pose a new question: What is your favorite "goodbye" song?
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, Stephen, and Allie discuss how Congress's renewed focus on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act could have implications for higher education. While lawmakers focus on health care, tax reform and other issues are put on the back burners. Stephen gives an update on efforts to preserve the Perkins Loan Program, while Allie outlines details from the Arizona attorney general's lawsuit over high tuition prices. Megan and Justin dive into NASFAA's comments to the Department of Education on burdensome regulations. Plus, Justin Timberlake and Barack Obama were among some of our members' answers for who they would like to have dinner with.
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, Stephen, and Allie discuss the details of a potential deal to preserve DACA into law. Democratic leaders claim they struck a deal with President Donald Trump, but the White House is disputing the claims. While it's unclear whether an official deal was agreed to, it appears lawmakers are working to make some sort of compromise for Dreamers. Justin also shares details from a conversation with FSA Chief Operating Officer Wayne Johnson, who met with NASFAA's National Chairs this week. The group discussed compliance issues, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, potential error codes with the next FAFSA cycle, and whether the Perkins Loan program will make a comeback. Plus, Stephen tells the group about two lawmakers who will make a musical performance on the Virginia-Tennessee line this weekend.
In this special episode of "Off The Cuff," Justin conducts interviews with two NASFAA members in Texas to give a more personal account of the impact Hurricane Harvey has had on students, staff, and institutions. In the two weeks since Harvey made landfall, students and staff alike have struggled with a wide range of challenges. JoEllen Soucier, executive director of financial aid at the Houston Community College System, shares how her institution is helping students across more than two dozen campuses. Alan Ahmad, TASFAA president and director of financial aid at Alamo Colleges District in San Antonio, discusses what the state association has done and continues to do to help its members in Houston. Send your comments, questions, and feedback to us, and tune in on Friday for the next regularly scheduled episode of "Off The Cuff."
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, Stephen, and Allie return from a monthlong hiatus to discuss developments in higher education over the summer, as well as the top tasks facing Congress as lawmakers return for work this fall. The team dives into the details of President Donald Trump's plans to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Megan and Stephen analyze an unexpected deal between Trump and Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a government shutdown, and Justin explains things schools should keep in mind when it comes to privacy and data security with the return of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Be sure to tune in for our special episode on the impact of Hurricane Harvey on Monday, and join us next week for the next regular episode of "Off The Cuff."