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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: October, 2017
Oct 26, 2017

This week on "Off The Cuff," Megan brings us up to speed on what's happening in Washington, D.C. politics, while Stephen gives an update on Congress's progress on the federal budget. The team digs into news that the Department of Education is delaying implementation of the borrower defense regulations, and what that will mean for students. Allie outlines the high-level findings from the College Board's annual reports on trends in college pricing and student aid, and Justin and Megan share some member-submitted information on a possible spike in verification rates. Plus, the team discusses the intrigue of a new John Grisham novel on student loan debt.

Oct 19, 2017

This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin and Allie talk about new issues with verification rates the the publication of Pell Charts, while Megan and Stephen take members from the graduate and professional community to Capitol Hill. Allie outlines the details of a new lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her decision to delay the gainful employment rule, and Justin shares some breaking news from the student loan servicing arena, as Nelnet acquires Great Lakes Educational Loan Services Inc. Plus, how one congressman allegedly used student loan benefits to strong arm employees into extending their stay.

Oct 12, 2017

This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin and Megan go into the details of guidance from the Department of Education (ED) regarding the winding down of the Perkins Loan program. They also discuss ED's response to a June letter from NASFAA requesting an orderly and equitable wind-down of the program. Justin and Allie discuss two policy events held in Washington this week: one on coming to a bipartisan agreement on the federal government's role in higher education, and another on the merits and drawbacks of moving to a "one grant, one loan" financial aid system. Plus, the team answers some questions on the federal budget process, and asks listeners to send in which food they'd like to eat for the rest of their lives.

Oct 5, 2017

This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin and Megan give an update on guidance from the Department of Education regarding the sharing of students' FAFSA information and what schools need to know. Justin, Megan, and Stephen discuss the Perkins Loan program closeout process, and Stephen gives an update on Congress's work on the federal budget. Plus, Justin, Megan, Stephen, and Allie talk about transparency expectations for the federal government, and FSA chief Dr. A. Wayne Johnson's recent public appearance at an event in Washington, D.C. The team also shares member submissions for their favorite "goodbye" songs, and poses a new question: What confuses you about the federal budget and appropriations process?

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