This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, and Allie recap Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's recent appearances before both the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees focused on education funding. Allie gives a report on the latest news from negotiated rulemaking, where committee members are attempting to reach consensus on a number of issues, including accreditation, distance education, faith-based entities, and the TEACH Grant program. Plus, Megan and Justin share updates from the NASFAA Board of Directors' recent trip to Washington, D.C., during which they discussed with Department of Education officials the increase in reported combat pay on the FAFSA that many schools have observed for the 2019-20 award year and forthcoming changes to the FSA ID. Skip to 9:18 to get straight to the policy discussion.
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin and Allie dig into the topic on everyone's minds this week—the college admissions bribery and fraud scandal and what it means for higher education as a whole. They also discuss the three higher education-focused congressional hearings that took place this week on FAFSA simplification, for-profit college oversight, and college affordability, and the Higher Education Committee of 50's final recommendations, which the group unveiled this week and presented to staffers on Capitol Hill. Plus, listen to the end to find out what political hype video might have inspired Justin to make one for "Off The Cuff."
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, Allie, and Joelle celebrate the 100th episode by sharing some of their favorite podcast memories from the last few years. The team discusses changes within Federal Student Aid, with the announcement of new Chief Operating Officer Mark Brown, and Joelle gives a recap of a recent hearing on student loan servicing oversight. Lawmakers will be busy next week with three hearings focused on higher education, including for-profit oversight, FAFSA simplification and verification, and college affordability. Thank you to our listeners for supporting us through 100 episodes—feel free to share your favorite "Off The Cuff" memory using the feedback form.