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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: March, 2021
Mar 18, 2021

This week on “Off The Cuff,” Megan kicks things off by highlighting NASFAA’s joint effort in bringing to light important recommendations for the Department of Education (ED) to consider so borrowers are smoothly and successfully transitioned back into repayment once the federal protection currently in place expires. The team then covers recent congressional pressure and varying policy proposals that have urged the Biden administration to offer debt forgiveness on student loans. Allie has a few updates on the latest news surrounding borrower defense, and Justin provides insight into the latest surrounding Federal Student Aid’s chief operating officer following Mark Brown’s resignation. Jill catches the group up on language included in the American Rescue Plan Act that requires institutions to conduct professional judgment outreach. Plus, the team wants to know: Aside from Today’s News, do you have a favorite newsletter and how did you find it?

Mar 11, 2021

This week on “Off The Cuff,” Justin kicks things off by sharing topics discussed with recently confirmed Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. Megan provides an update on the latest round of COVID relief, now signed by President Joe Biden, and ED’s announcement concerning the Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement (ASLA) for award year 2021-22. Jill details NASFAA’s recently submitted comments to ED on its proposed institutional eligibility criteria for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Supplemental Aid to Institutions of Higher Education (SAIHE) program. Allie then has details on a recent report concerning the financial outcomes for borrowers enrolled in income-driven repayment plans. Plus, the team wants to know: Did you tune in to Oprah’s recent interview with royals Meghan and Harry?

Mar 4, 2021

This week on “Off The Cuff,” Allie discusses Miguel Cardona’s recent confirmation as Education Secretary and Justin highlights a letter NASFAA signed onto touting the importance for the newly appointed secretary to implement changes made to the FAFSA in an efficient and timely manner. Allie and Justin then cover the latest news surrounding institutional accountability and the status of ACICS, an embattled accrediting agency. Jill provides an update on the latest news surrounding HEERF and HEERF II, while Megan dives into the latest on the state of play for the House-passed COVID relief package currently being taken up by the Senate. Plus, Justin wants to know: Do you think the pandemic will lead to permanent changes for financial aid operations?

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