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2014 Support Staff Workshop
The MSFAA 2014 Support Staff Workshop will be held on Friday, April 25th from 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Crown Plaza Lansing West Hotel on Cretys Road in Lansing.

The agenda and registration are both available via the Training tab and the "Read more" link below.

| 25 April 2014 | Read more

Summer Training is scheduled for June 15th - June 18th at Crystal Mountain Resort.

The Crystal Mountain Lodging Reservation form is available via the Training tab.

Registration will open next week. Costs for summer training is $210 for full training and $115 for one day training.

We are back to a Sunday - Wednesday rotation so arrive early on Sunday for a time to socialize and catch up with your colleagues!!!

Program and Site committees are working to plan a fantastic 2014 Summer Training for you!!!
Here are some highlights:

• Brett Lief will be joining us again to provide his Washington Update
• Bryon Scott will join us from DOE to provide a Federal Update as well as interest sessions on a variety of Federal Topics.

| 03 April 2014 | 

MSFAA Winter 2014 Conference Presentations!!

| 04 November 2013 | Read more

...News Archives  


04/21/14 - Opinion: Do Graduate Students Deserve Dirt-Cheap Loans?
"If you trust the government’s accounting (which some don’t), the Department of Education is slated to make almost $150 billion over the next 10 years from new direct student lending, before administrative costs. About three-quarters of those profits will come from grad schoolers, even though they only borrow about one-third of all federal loan dollars," Jordan Weissman writes for Slate.
04/21/14 - Opinion: Student Loan Debt: The Best And Worst Debt To Have
"Student loans are one of the top ways that students pay for college. It’s become a fact of life in the American higher education system, but most borrowers don’t understand the risks," Robert Farrington writes in a Forbes opinion piece.
04/21/14 - Student Loans Can Suddenly Come Due When Co-Signers Die, A Report Finds
"For students who borrow on the private market to pay for school, the death of a parent can come with an unexpected, added blow, a federal watchdog warns. Even borrowers who have good payment records can face sudden demands for full, early repayment of those loans, and can be forced into default," according to The New York Times.
04/21/14 - NASFAA Member Data Not Impacted By Heartbleed Bug
News broke recently of a wide-reaching security vulnerability known as the Heartbleed bug. Heartbleed affects OpenSSL, used by a majority of the web to securely send data. In short, NASFAA member data is safe from Heartbleed.
04/21/14 - Federal Plans That Forgive Student Debt Skyrocket
"Government officials are trying to rein in increasingly popular federal programs that forgive some student debt, amid rising concerns over the plans' costs and the possibility they could encourage colleges to push tuition even higher," The Wall Street Journal reports.
04/21/14 - Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Ban on Race Considerations In Admissions
After closing their previous term with the Fisher v. University of Texas decision, earlier this month the Supreme Court began its new term by hearing another case related to diversity in postsecondary education. The Court heard oral arguments for Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action on Oct. 15, a case that challenges the Michigan state ban against the consideration of race in admissions by the state's public institutions.
04/21/14 - Colorado Higher-Ed Lessens Plan To Tie Performance To State Funding
"A scaled-back version of a measure to upend Colorado's higher education funding that intended to allow legislators to tie performance to support passed out of the House Monday with more control back in the hands of educators," The Denver Post reports.
04/21/14 - Sorry Slate, There’s Still No Such Thing As Federal Student-Loan Profits
"Slate’s Jordan Weissmann, whose work I normally enjoy, has written a column analyzing something that does not exist — namely, the 'profits' earned by the federal government on student loans," Reihan Salam writes in the National Review Online's The Agenda.
04/21/14 - Opinion: Does Price Influence College Choice?
"Decision time is here.  In 10 days, it will be May 1st,, a day that is significant to hundreds of thousands of college applicants for two reasons: it’s the day applicants are required to send in their deposit to the college of their choice to keep their place and it’s the last day to receive a refund from most schools if a student has made a deposit but changed his or her mind," Lucie Lapovsky writes in a Forbes opinion piece.

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