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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: November, 2018
Nov 29, 2018

This week on “Off The Cuff,” Justin, Megan, Stephen, and Joelle recap the Federal Student Aid (FSA) Training Conference in Atlanta, from big news regarding changes to FAFSA verification to the delay of the recall of Perkins Loans funds. The group also discusses reaction to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ opening speech, and Justin highlights a meeting with DeVos and other Department of Education (ED) officials. The team delves into new data presented at the conference on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and discuss the presentation of a new disclosure template for the gainful employment (GE) regulations. In addition to conference news, Joelle catches the group up on an update to changes to student veterans’ housing benefits and a lawsuit related to states’ ability to regulate federal loan servicers.

Nov 15, 2018

This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin and Allie talk more about insights from the midterm elections, including what divisions exist among American voters and what Republicans might need to do to expand their base. Allie gives an update on new numbers showing increased enrollment at some institutions due to year-round Pell, and details a new report showing the Department of Education becoming one of the most targeted federal agencies for FOIA lawsuits. Plus, Justin shares new data on how verification can impact prospective college students, and what NASFAA member institutions have said about verification on their own campuses.

Nov 8, 2018

This week on "Off The Cuff," Megan, Stephen, and Allie rehash the details of Tuesday's midterm elections, and how the outcome could impact higher education policy. With Democrats in control of the House of Representatives, some think there may be potential for bipartisan cooperation and progress toward reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, the group discusses. Aside from pushing forward on policy, Democrats may also use the opportunity to increase oversight of the Department of Education by calling Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to testify more frequently. Plus, Stephen goes into what role education broadly played in the elections, and how some politicians are already looking forward to 2020.

Nov 1, 2018

This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, and Allie discuss the upcoming midterm elections and what the outcome could mean for higher education policy should Democrats take control of the House. Meanwhile, Justin and Megan recount recent fall travels to state and regional associations and what topics have members talking. The group also dissects a recent federal employee survey showing a low rate of satisfaction among ED employees, and news that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos plans to restructure the department, including an office that handles privacy issues. Plus, the team gives their predictions for what will happen next Tuesday, and what interesting campaign strategies they've seen in the last few weeks.

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