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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, 2020
Nov 19, 2020

This week on "Off The Cuff," Jill kicks things off by highlighting the latest developments a recent court ruling has had on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Allie provides an update on NASFAA’s Advocacy Pipeline and recaps our first-ever virtual Advocacy Pipeline event, where graduate and professional aid administrators recently met with congressional staffers. Justin delves into NASFAA’s advocacy surrounding the efforts to “Double the Pell” and what sort of internal policy discussions are going on at NASFAA to urge congressional leaders to provide students with additional federal resources through the Pell Grant program. Megan then dives into the higher education policies that NASFAA has been discussing with President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition team and NASFAA’s priorities for the new administration and the incoming Congress. Plus, the group wants to know: What are some things that you’re convinced people only pretend to enjoy?

Nov 12, 2020

This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin kicks things off by highlighting where things stand in the presidential transition process and what implications that transition could have for the Department of Education with President-Elect Joe Biden reshaping the agency. Megan dives into how congressional leaders are approaching an impending spending deadline and what NASFAA members should be on the lookout for when it comes to these massive appropriations packages. Jill highlights what a Biden administration could mean for debt forgiveness and also gives members a preview of new guidance from ED on requirements for institutions when it comes to foreign gift reporting. Plus, the group wants to know what happened in the past week that really caught your attention.

Nov 5, 2020

This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin dives into the takeaways from the presidential election results, which as of the podcast’s recording was still undecided, and what it all means for a number of higher education issues like FAFSA simplification and Higher Education Act reauthorization. Megan delves into what is slated for the lame duck session of Congress and ongoing spending talks, and Justin touts a letter NASFAA signed onto that urged the Department of Education (ED) to extend and expand the current student loan repayment relief, which currently expires on December 31. Jill then talks about changing guidance on R2T4 waivers. Plus, the group takes a guess as to how each member tuned into coverage of election night and wants to know if you were glued to social media and network coverage, or if you spent the night relaxing.

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