This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin tries to recruit Megan, Allie, and Karen to join his movement to get rid of changing the clocks for daylight saving time. Justin and Megan then dive into what higher education priorities President Donald Trump could focus on in his second term if re-elected and what Vice President Joe Biden would look to accomplish should he win the White House. Allie talks about a recent article detailing Democrats’ higher education agenda for the next congressional term, and Megan and Karen discuss what to expect regarding the Department of Education’s enforcement of foreign gifts reporting. Plus, the group discusses their childhood fears and if they’ve overcome them.
This week on “Off The Cuff” Justin, Megan, Allie, and Karen kick things off by toasting to Financial Aid Day and NASFAA Member Appreciation Day before Megan provides an update on the latest in the incremental narrowing of negotiations into additional coronavirus relief legislation, and highlights a new report from the Department of Education (ED) on foreign gift reporting. Justin then recaps a recent opinion from a federal judge blasting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over the department’s processing of borrower defense claims. Karen provides an update on ED’s Coronavirus Indicator and what administrators should be on the lookout for in terms of reporting. The group also talks about some recent life hacks they’ve tackled and want to know if you’ve recently acquired any. Send us recommendations on new ways to improve our daily schedules!
This week on “Off The Cuff,” Justin, Megan, Allie, and Karen talk about what Halloween in their neighborhoods will look like this year due to changes caused by COVID-19 before Megan and Justin give an update on the latest regarding congressional negotiations over additional coronavirus aid to institutions. Allie then talks about a recent study that found Black student loan borrowers are more likely to never be able to pay off their student debt compared to their peers, and Karen covers a recent Department of Education webinar detailing new reporting requirements for institutions who received CARES Act funds. The group also talks proper email etiquette — so send in your do’s and don’ts of email greetings and signoffs.
This week on “Off The Cuff,” Justin is joined by special guest Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who is set to retire at the end of the year after serving three terms in the Senate. Alexander talks about his final push to get a FAFSA simplification bill through Congress, as well as his plans for retirement. Justin, Megan, and Allie then welcome Karen McCarthy from NASFAA’s policy team to discuss highlights from the vice presidential debate between Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Vice President Mike Pence and an overview of NASFAA’s recent professional judgment survey. Plus, the group reminisces about sharing microphones in the office for podcast recordings in pre-pandemic times.
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, and Jill welcome NASFAA staff reporter Owen Daugherty to the podcast and dive into the state of play for ongoing congressional negotiations over additional coronavirus aid to institutions of higher education. Skip to 8:15 to get straight to the policy discussion where the team recaps Tuesday night’s first presidential debate. Also on this episode, Owen highlights the Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid's draft strategic 2020-24 plan and Jill delves into the release of the 2021-22 FAFSA , highlighting what can be expected for the current year. Plus the group reminds members that NASFAA’s Diversity Leadership Program (DLP) application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, October 14 and encourages those who meet eligibility criteria to apply!