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Tomorrow Is the Last Day for Online Registration & Cancellations

Tomorrow is the last day to register online for the conference. After 5:00 pm ET tomorrow, you will need to complete our on-site registration form and bring it to the registration desk in the Marriott Wardman Park to register. If you wish to cancel your conference registration, you must do so by 5:00 pm ET tomorrow, otherwise you will be responsible for the full amount of the registration fees and will be billed (cancellation fees will apply). If someone is attending the conference in your place, please complete the Conference Cancellation & Change of Attendee Form by tomorrow.

Thank You to CollegeAve, Discover Student Loans, Sallie Mae and Inceptia

NASFAA would like to recognize our 2016 Platinum conference sponsors who help NASFAA deliver a great conference filled with financial aid training, new products, networking, and professional development opportunities. Thank you to CollegeAveDiscover Student Loans, Sallie Mae, and Inceptia for their financial support and on-site participation which help to make our conference more valuable for our attendees. Please visit the exhibit hall to speak directly with our sponsors and learn how their products and services can help you achieve your goals. See you in DC.

View Honor Roll Reports by Credential, Name, or State

The Credential Honor Roll is readily available in various formats for easy reference. View the reports, and join us in congratulating Missouri, Georgia, West Virginia, Mississippi and Texas. Of the 3,974 NASFAA Professional Credentials earned across 16 subjects these states are leading the pack with the most credentials earned.

Participation Requested: Access Group's Financial Literacy Survey

Attention primary contacts at self-identified Graduate and Professional Institutions, yesterday you should have received an email to participate in a financial literacy survey being conducted by Access Group. This annual survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and information will be reported by Access Group in the aggregate. For more information, please email NASFAA’s Research Department.

In a Word: Your Relationship With ED 

If you had to describe your school's relationship with the Department of Education in just one word, what would it be? Use our form to let us know what word you'd use. 

NASFAA Releases Framework to Help Schools Optimize the Federal Work-Study Program

NASFAA today published the final pieces of its “Development of a Robust Federal Work-Study Program” project: an executive summary and a step-by-step framework for practitioners to use when administering an optimal FWS program. In the research conducted, respondents reported some students awarded FWS funds are not taking advantage of the opportunity to find employment and help with college costs. The framework, which aims to help rectify this, details the seven components needed for a robust FWS program and lists current practices that have implemented on campuses and found to be successful.

Are There Good Alternatives to Affirmative Action?

"The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Thursday to uphold affirmative action surprised legal experts, college presidents, and civil-rights activists. And although the ruling will let some colleges use race as a factor in admissions, that right is by no means guaranteed long term or across the board," The Atlantic reports.

In College Turmoil, Signs of a Changed Relationship With Students

"Given all that has happened on so many campuses over the last few years, it's hard to pick the one that has been roiled the most by struggles over political correctness. But Oberlin College would certainly be in the running," The New York Times reports.

Opinion: 5 Lessons to Take From the Fisher Decision

"The gasps heard in higher-education circles around midmorning on Thursday were not, as anticipated, expressions of dismay. Rather, with the U.S. Supreme Court's 4-3 decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (Fisher II), the mood among higher-education leaders was one of apparent shock — and delight. Many had feared that the court's hearing the case for the second time in three years would portend a significant pivot. Some had even forecast the end of affirmative action as a result," Arthur L. Coleman writes for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Opinion: Affirmative Action Is About the Economic Bottom Line, Not Just Racial Diversity

"Affirmative action has been and still is legal. That summarizes the conclusion of the latest round of court debates," Michelle Asha Cooper writes for The Washington Post's Grade Point.

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  • Network with other aid administrators
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or Ryan Rafko