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Did You Know that NASFAA Offers a Peer Review Program?

NASFAA's Standards of Excellence (SOE) Review Program is currently scheduling reviews for fall 2016, and available spots are filling quickly. NASFAA’s Standards of Excellence (SOE) Program is an objective, confidential, peer review program that assesses your institution's administration of federal financial aid.  Confidential, customized reviews will highlight strengths, identify compliance exceptions, and recommend improvements. Register for this complimentary webinar or complete our simple information request form to learn more about the SOE program.

Register Now for NASFAA's PLUS Eligibility Issues Webinar
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Join our NASFAA presenters Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at 2:00 pm ET as they help unravel the complexities of Direct PLUS Loans. Some of the topics to be addressed are how adverse credit affects a borrower, what steps you can take when a borrower does have adverse credit, how the denial of a Direct PLUS for a parent borrower affects a dependent student, and more. There will be a live Q&A segment where presenters will answer your questions about the Direct PLUS Loan program. Register now.

More Law Firms Take Aim at Associate Student Loan Debt

"Hoping to keep up with their peers and lighten their associates' student debt burdens, more and more law firms are adopting initiatives to help lawyers refinance their law school loans at reduced rates," The American Lawyer reports.

How Forgiving Student Loans Helps Farmers

"This is the first spring Davon Goodwin will spend running his own farm. The young farmer is planting grapes and elderberries and raising pastured pork and lamb on Off The Land (OTL) Farms. He's leasing 150 acres in Raeford, North Carolina, from the farm that he currently manages, Fussy Gourmet, owned by an eye surgeon in town," The Atlantic reports. "Starting a farm is hard for anyone, but Goodwin has an extra burden to bear: $9,000 in student-loan debt. And although he works for both farms, Goodwin's financial prospects are bleak. The average U.S. farm brought in only $43,750 in net income in 2012 (according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Census of Agriculture), an amount usually divided between operators."

Texas: Cut Financial Aid, Hold Colleges Accountable to Lower Tuition, Dan Patrick Says

"Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wants to cut a mandatory financial aid program for needy students and make colleges prove they deserve to hike tuition, two proposals he said could help halt rising college costs in Texas," The Dallas Morning News reports.

Opinion: On College Signing Day, Four Goals We Should Set For Education In America

"In a proclamation during American Education Week in 1961, President John F. Kennedy wrote, 'Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation,'" Daniel Porterfield writes for Forbes. "That's what today's nationwide College Signing Day celebrates––the full potential of education to enhance our abilities to think and create, to adapt and invent, and to live choice-filled futures that also grow the public good."

Opinion: Time Is Right for Year-Round Pell

"​The time is right for a bipartisan push to help some our nation's most dedicated college students – Pell eligible women and men who overcome real barriers to study year-round," Vinton Thompson writes for Community College Daily.

Improving Data to Better Serve Low-Income Students

"Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education proposed an important new addition to its annual data collection from institutions of higher education: graduation rates of federal Pell Grant recipients. These data will allow students, colleges, and policymakers to see how student outcomes vary by institution and how well institutions are serving the needs of low-income students. While this is a necessary and welcome development, the way in which the data would be collected and reported must be improved," according to the Center for American Progress.

Sallie Mae Rolls Out Parent Loans to Pay for College

"As parents face the prospect of paying for college this fall, Sallie Mae is offering a new option for those considering borrowing to cover costs," according to The Washington Post's Grade Point.

Judge Sets Trump University Hearing for First Day of GOP Convention

"As the Republican National Convention kicks off this summer, political mavens will be focused on the maneuvering in Cleveland, but it might be worth keeping an eye on happenings some 2000 miles away in a federal courtroom in San Diego," according to POLITICO's Under the Radar.

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  • Network with other aid administrators
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