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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: May, 2018
May 24, 2018

This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin and Megan give an update on efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, as House Republicans met behind closed doors Wednesday night to discuss the PROSPER Act. Allie provides a summary of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's recent appearance before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Megan dives into the details of how some borrowers might get a second chance to receive loan discharges through Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Plus, hear from NASFAA's Dallas Martin Endowment Policy Intern, McCall Hopkin, about what she'll be working on this summer. To get straight into policy discussion, skip ahead to 5:30 in the podcast.

May 17, 2018

This week on "Off The Cuff," the team discusses information leaking in Washington and how that can tie in to news on higher education. Justin shares the newly-released spring floor schedule for the House of Representatives. The PROSPER Act is nowhere to be found on it, but Megan explains how some are still lobbying hard for a floor vote. Allie explains the latest changes in ED's oversight of fraud in higher education, and a new report that highlights negative consequences of the Parent PLUS Loan program. Plus, Megan and Justin analyze the discussion from NASFAA's recent policy forum on accountability in higher education and its impact on access.

May 10, 2018

This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, and Allie dive into the details of a slew of new negotiated rulemaking sessions proposed this week by the Department of Education. Among the regulations up for discussion are those related to state authorization, accreditation, access to high quality and innovative programs, and eligibility of faith-based entities and activities. The team also gives an update on the timeframe for when proposed rules on borrower defense and gainful employment may be released, and what the interest rates will be for new federal student loans. Allie and Megan talk about recent and significant changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and why some Republicans are pushing for DACA to become "queen of the Hill."

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