This week on “Off The Cuff,” Justin, Megan, Jill, and Allie hop back onto video chat to continue talks about institutions, students, and Title IV aid during the novel coronavirus outbreak. At 8:55, Megan delves into the higher education provisions included in the $2 trillion stimulus package that passed through the Senate and is awaiting a vote from the House and the president’s signature. At 22 minutes in, Jill answers some outstanding COVID-19 questions from members, such as those related to whether it is considered estimated financial aid (EFA) if a school delays a refund of institutional charges until the following academic year. At 31:33, Allie catches the group up on relief for student borrowers from the Department of Education (ED) and steps that institutions are taking to support students impacted by the coronavirus. Plus, the team wants to know: If how we are feeling about COVID-19 can be described as the six stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, eating?), where are you finding yourself?
This week on “Off The Cuff,” Justin, Megan, Jill, and Allie reconvene over Zoom to practice social distancing while catching up on the latest news surrounding COVID-19. Justin and Jill discuss the most frequently asked questions during last week’s webinar on the novel coronavirus and its impact on Title IV aid — such as those related to paying students for Federal-Work Study (FWS) as campuses close — and touch on inquiries that were not answered during the session, such as how switching from letter grades to pass/fail might impact students’ eligibility for aid. At 15:56, Megan talks about movement on the Hill to pass legislation to support current students and those making student loan payments during the coronavirus outbreak, and at 28 minutes in Allie discusses options for relief for private student loan borrowers. Plus the group wants to know: how are you staying calm during this outbreak? If you missed NASFAA’s previous COVID-19 webinar, you can now access it online, and be sure to tune into our follow-up webinar April 2.
This week on “Off The Cuff,” Justin, Megan, Jill, and Allie jump back into a discussion about the Title IV implications of the Coronavirus and tackle member questions still outstanding since the Department of Education (ED) released guidance about disrupted programs and federal student aid last week. Jill dives into virus-related issues surrounding payment for Federal Work-Study students after campuses close, the argument for adjusting cost of attendance, and how and when to address the return of Title IV funds. The group also details concerns NASFAA has discussed on the Hill — and is still seeking answers to — related to Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used and adherence to state authorization regulations. At 27:06, Megan and Allie talk about forward movement on a bill to nullify the Trump administration's borrower defense regulations and news that five universities may have to stop enrolling new students using their GI Bill benefits. Plus, the team shares a catchy new song to help you properly wash your hands. Stay healthy!