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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  


10/23/14 - Student Loan Defaulters Aren’t Who You Think They Are
"More than 60 percent of college graduates borrow to pay for their four-year degrees, and on average, the debt totals more than $29,000 by the time graduation day rolls around," the New America Foundation's Ed Central reports.
10/23/14 - Tennessee: Students Jump At Chance For Free College Tuition
"When Gov. Bill Haslam announced the creation of the Tennessee Promise scholarship program, the state anticipated 20,000 students might apply," The Tennessean reports.
10/23/14 - New Petition Pushes For Universal PAYE
The Department of Education is expanding the Pay As You Earn Program, but some say it’s not enough.
10/23/14 - Is This The Best Way To Re-Pay Student Loans? Low Interest Rates Aren't Everything
"The fall-out from the financial crisis is still being felt in the lending industry, where tight loan standards and empty borrower pockets have led to some necessary innovation in recent years," MainStreet reports.
10/23/14 - Behavioral Science Group Examines Enrollment, Retention At Two Colleges
While financial aid can play a role in a student’s success, other behavioral factors can play a significant a role in enrollment and completion, ideas42 said in a webinar on Thursday. The webinar highlighted ongoing work the group is doing to address the low national completion rate by examining enrollment and retention at two schools – LaGuardia Community College in New York and San Francisco State University.
10/23/14 - California Middle Class Scholarship Grants Are Still Available
"In a surprising and somewhat embarrassing situation, administrators of California's new Middle Class Scholarship program last month awarded only about half the $107 million available," the Los Angeles Times reports.
10/23/14 - Cosign Of The Times: The Rich Are Borrowing To Pay For College Too
"A new Pew Research Center study shows that from 2010 to 2012, the percentage of middle- and upper-middle-income students who borrowed money for college doubled, and they’re borrowing twice as much money as their peers did a generation ago," Take Part reports. "'The bottom line is more and more people are borrowing in all income brackets,' [NASFAA's Megan] McClean states."
10/23/14 - Restore Ability To Benefit Program With Limits To Prevent Abuses

"[R]ather than simply bring back the [Ability to Benefit] program as it previously existed, lawmakers should limit the program to schools that have a proven track record of serving their students well to prevent the type of abuses that have hounded it in the past," EdCentral reports.

10/23/14 - NASFAA Summary: PLUS Final Rules Change PLUS Credit Requirements, Require Loan Counseling for Certain PLUS Borrowers
NASFAA policy staff provide an in-depth look at final rules published yesterday by the Department of Education (ED) that modify the definition of “adverse credit history” in the PLUS Loan program and require loan counseling for PLUS borrowers with adverse credit who have extenuating circumstances or who have an endorser.
10/22/14 - Opinion: Is Mark Cuban Right About Capping College Loans At 10K Per Student Per Year?
"Recently, [Mark] Cuban opined about student debt at Inc.’s GrowCo Conference. Against the backdrop of rising student loan default, he made a compelling case that, in the interest of economic growth, the federal government should set a per-student ceiling on the amount of student loan money it gives out every year," James Marshall Crotty writes for Forbes.

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