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Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo Registration Closes Today at 5:00 pm ET
Leadership Conference

If you are a financial aid administrator who wants to grow professionally, expand your network, and become a leader on campus, in your association, or in your profession, this conference is designed for you. Looking to grow or expand your management and leadership skills in order to run your office more efficiently and effectively? Check out the New & Aspiring Aid Directors pathway. The conference kicks off on February 22 and limited seats are still available. Registration closes today at 5:00 pm ET.

NASFAA Office Closed Monday, February 15 For Presidents Day
The NASFAA office will be closed on Monday, February 15 for the Presidents Day federal holiday. The NASFAA website and other online services (including the AskRegs Knowledgebase) will still be available, but the Today's News daily email will not be sent and technical and membership support will not be available until the office reopens on Tuesday, February 16.
 
Thought Force on Aligning State, Regional & National Efforts Begins Work

Chaired by Art Young of BYU, this thought force was convened after extensive conversations with regional presidents in recent years about the role of NASFAA in supporting the regions and states, and the role that state and regional associations play in the national context. The thought force—comprised of tenured leaders with experience at the state, region and NASFAA level—will work to determine the strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities inherent to the national-regional-state association dynamic and produce a white paper outlining next steps for exploration and potential models for future cooperation. See the thought force charter for more information.

Report: Distance Education Enrollments Continue to Rise

Enrollments in distance education programs around the country continue to increase, despite a decline in overall higher education enrollment, according to a new report from the Online Learning Consortium.

Students Are Still Saddled With Soaring Textbook Costs, Report Says

"Rising tuition costs aren't the only thing driving up the cost of higher education. Textbook prices have skyrocketed in recent years," NBC News reports.

The For-Profit College Conundrum

"On Monday, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it’s establishing a new office to address the complaints of students who attended for-profit colleges," according to The Atlantic.

Obama Wants To Permanently Link Pell Grants To Inflation

"President Barack Obama would be tied to one of the nation's main college financial programs long after he leaves office if Congress approves a request in his last budget proposal," The Huffington Post reports.

Another Student Loan Bombshell in Obama’s Latest Budget

"It's become an annual affair. President Obama releases his budget request to Congress and buries a bombshell in it about the runaway costs of the income-based repayment program (IBR) for federal student loans," Jason Delisle, director of the Federal Education Budget Project at the New America Foundation, writes in the foundation's EdCentral blog.

Jeb Bush's Student Loan Plan Should Outlive His Campaign

"Jeb Bush's higher education plan attracted little notice in the heat of a campaign that has focused more on personalities than policy details, but his proposed reforms to the federal student loan program deserve serious attention regardless of the outcome of his bid for the presidency," Matthew M. Chingos, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, writes in a white paper for the Brookings Institution.

Membership Benefits

  • Network with other aid administrators
  • Attend conferences in various cities across the state
  • Web access to the MSFAA Directory & inclusion in the directory
  • Subscription to the MSFAA Listserv
  • Access to web posted Newsletter
  • 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
If you wish to become a MSFAA member, click here to complete a membership application.
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Please direct any membership questions to:
Diane Bice
dbice@kettering.edu
or Ryan Rafko
rrafko@umich.edu