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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: June, 2020
Jun 26, 2020

This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, Jill, and Allie are joined by 2005-06 NASFAA National Chair David Gelinas, who is the 2020 recipient of NASFAA's Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest award that the association can bestow on one of its members. David shares how he earned the nickname "Sheriff Dave," his advice that he would pass along to others in the profession, and what his plans are for retirement. At 12:03, Megan shares the latest on the Department of Education's portal for foreign gift reporting, as well as recently released student loan origination fees. At 19:18, the group discusses news out of Federal Student Aid, as the office announced its selection of five companies to provide customer support to federal student loan borrowers. Plus, the team wants to know: What shows have you been binge watching lately? The podcast team will be on hiatus next week in observance of the Fourth of July — we'll catch up with you in two weeks!

Jun 19, 2020

This week on "Off The Cuff," the team welcomes Columbia University's David Sheridan, who is the recipient of the 2020 Allan W. Purdy Distinguished Service Award. David discusses what it takes to succeed in the financial aid profession, how he got his start, and what he's most passionate about. Please join us in congratulating David! Next, the team dives into breaking news from Thursday morning as the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration's attempt to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Megan brings the latest on two lawsuits challenging the Department of Education's guidance and interim final rule that would limit eligibility for CARES Act emergency student grants. Plus, Jill gives an update on the latest guidance on standard terms, as well as GEN-09-05, a Dear Colleague Letter related to professional judgment.

Jun 4, 2020

This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by NASFAA's Diversity Officer Craig Slaughter, director of financial aid at Kenyon College in Ohio. Together the two talk about recent developments in the country and what financial aid professionals can do both individually and as an association to help bring about change in combating systemic racism in America and creating equal opportunity for students. Then, the team dives into the latest news regarding the CARES Act, including a recent report from the Congressional Research Service that casts a shadow of doubt on the Department of Education's guidance regarding eligibility for emergency student grants. Meanwhile, the Senate education committee on Thursday held a hearing on reopening college campuses in the fall and what will be required, both with regard to testing and financial resources for students. Finally, Megan brings us up to speed on the future of the Trump administration's borrower defense rule, as Congress moves toward a scheduled date to vote on overriding President Donald Trump's veto of a bipartisan bill that would have blocked implementation of the 2019 rule. Send us your questions, comments, and feedback, remember to subscribe, and we will talk to you next week!

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