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MSFAA Winter Training
January 25th - 28th, 2015
The Henry Hotel - Dearborn, MI

2015 MSFAA Winter Training Highlights Include:

  • Byron Scott will be joining us to discuss Federal/Department of Education Items

  • Megan McClean will join us from NASFAA with a Washington Update as well as discuss other NASFAA Initiatives.

  • The Hands-On Sessions will return - bringing us up to date information on COD, NSLDS, and the new State Technical System.

  • Whats new!!!!

    MSFAA Winter Training will also offer a one day track of sessions for Registrar and Bursar Personnel.

    • A series of sessions for Registrar and Bursar Personnel as it relates to their work and financial aid topics. Please encourage those individuals to consider attending.

    • Additionally, general sessions on communication, professional development, and leadership are offered throughout the day.

    • Various opportunities to interact with professionals from different collegiate offices.

    Registration will open November 3rd.
    Stay tuned for more information on conference details as they become available

    | 07 October 2014 | 

2014 FA 101 Registration
Registration for FA 101 is now open! You may register for a single day or the full workshop. The price is $50 per day or $150 for all four days. Workshops will be from 9-4, with breakfast and check-in beginning at 8:30.

All workshops will be at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West, 925 S Creyts Rd, Lansing Charter Township, MI 48917.

Follow the link to register.

| 10 September 2014 | 

...News Archives  


10/29/14 - In The Final ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule, A Key Measure Vanishes
"The Education Department will release on Thursday the final version of its 'gainful employment' rule—the subject of years of intense debate, revision, and litigation," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.
10/29/14 - University of Texas Uses Data Tool To Get Students Thinking About Their Future
A new online tool from the University of Texas System aims to help students make more informed decisions about their education and future careers by offering comprehensive data on employment outcomes of UT graduates.
10/29/14 - Commentary: Sen. Durbin: Right Issue, Wrong Focus
"For some years now, Sen. Richard J. Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, has waged a war against for-profit colleges and universities," Paul Alexander writes in a commentary piece for Roll Call.
10/29/14 - 10 Tools To Use For A Tailored College Cost Estimate
"For many students, what they'll pay to attend college​ isn't clear. ​But paying for college doesn't have to remain a mystery," according to U.S. News and World Report. "'While [online tools] might not be able to offer​ a precise number, they give families a ballpark,' says Megan McClean, the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators'​ managing director of policy and federal relations."
10/29/14 - Connecticut: $10 Million Gift For Chinese Student Scholarships At Yale
"A $10 million gift to Yale University will go toward scholarships for low-income Chinese students," Inside Higher Ed reports.
10/29/14 - Are Online Courses Democratizing Education Or Killing Colleges?
"There’s a debate whether a recent boom in online-university courses democratizes higher education, or provides a playground for the wealthy," The Wall Street Journal's Digits reports.
10/29/14 - Student Debt V. Student Savings
"The government has stacked the financial aid system in favor of debt. You can get a 10-year term loan with a four-year grace at cut rates with no credit check. Oh, and much of the loan may be forgiven. It's the sweetest loan in America," Bob Hildreth, founder and executive director of FUEL Education, writes The Huffington Post's The Blog.
10/29/14 - What Is The Most Common Professional Judgement (PJ) Adjustment Request Your Office Receives?
Under the Higher Education Act of 1965, financial aid administrators have the authority to make Professional Judgment (PJ) adjustments for students who have special circumstances. We're curious... what is the PJ adjustment request related to cost of attendance (COA) your office receives most frequently? Please take a second to complete this poll to let us know what type of request you get most often. Once you've submitted your answer you'll be able to see how your office compares to that of your peers. Take the poll now!
10/28/14 - 5 Policy Gaps Hindering Higher Education’s Success
"Is it really a skills gap that’s preventing college graduates from getting jobs, or is it a policy gap in how higher-ed institutions are governed and funded?" eCampus News reports.
10/28/14 - Shut Out Of Higher Education
"The United States set out 40 years ago to ensure that people who qualified academically for higher education would not be turned away for financial reasons and would have access to college degrees that allowed them to move up on the social ladder," Brent Staples writes in a blog post for The New York TimesTaking Note.

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  • Network with other aid administrators
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  • Ability to post job vacancies on the web site
  • Opportunity to serve on the MSFAA board and/or MSFAA committees
  • Participate in training, outreach, federal and state issues, conference planning & other activities that develop both personal and professional skills
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