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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: April, 2021
Apr 29, 2021

This week on "Off The Cuff," the group discusses President Joe Biden's address to a joint session of Congress where he pitched his American Family Plan to lawmakers and the nation. Megan and Justin then break down all the details surrounding Biden's new proposal calling for tuition-free community college for all Americans and a significant boost to the maximum Pell Grant award. Jill also provides an update on when institutions should expect the next round of HEERF funds to be distributed. Plus, the group wants to know: When giving a personal pep talk, do you talk to yourself in first, second, or third person?

Apr 22, 2021

This week on "Off The Cuff," the group discusses the latest comments from Department of Education officials about prioritizing fixing the much-maligned Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Megan details the latest proposal that calls for making community college and trade school programs tuition-free and calls for doubling the maximum Pell Grant award. Allie then breaks down a new report that provided insight into how how funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) were provided to schools through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Plus, its National Volunteer Week, so the group wants to hear from listeners about their favorites memories volunteering.

Apr 15, 2021

This week on "Off The Cuff," the group covers the highlights from a Senate committee hearing on student loan debt. Jump to minute 10:30 to dive right into the policy discussion as Megan and Justin break down the confirmation hearing of James Kvaal, the nominee to serve as Department of Education (ED) under secretary. Megan then provides top-level numbers for higher education from President Joe Biden's budget proposal and Owen details leadership turnover at the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) and what to expect in the search for the next chief operating officer. Plus, the team wants to know: What’s the thing you hate but need to pretend you like it?

Apr 8, 2021

This week on “Off The Cuff,” the group returns from a brief hiatus to talk about their spring breaks and how boundaries have changed while working from home. Jump to minute 11:00 of the podcast to dive right into the policy discussion. Megan previews the budget proposal soon to be released from the White House, and Karen and Megan detail when to expect HEERF III guidance and funds to be released. Justin weighs in on an expected memo from the Department of Education (ED) outlining President Joe Biden's authority to forgive student loan debt for all borrowers and Allie covers the latest relief efforts from ED amid the pandemic. Plus, the team wants to know: If you could go back in time and tell your 20-year old self one piece of advice, what would it be?

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