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Hosted by NASFAA staff, this weekly podcast offers an unscripted view of hot financial aid and higher education-related topics. Justin Draeger and co-hosts will discuss what's happening inside the beltway to give you an insider's perspective.

NASFAA's Off the Cuff Podcast NASFAA

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    • 4.7, 46 Ratings

Hosted by NASFAA staff, this weekly podcast offers an unscripted view of hot financial aid and higher education-related topics. Justin Draeger and co-hosts will discuss what's happening inside the beltway to give you an insider's perspective.

    Episode 160: Kicking Off NASFAA’s FAFSA Paper Series

    Episode 160: Kicking Off NASFAA’s FAFSA Paper Series

    On a special episode of “Off the Cuff,” Megan is joined by Sandy Baum from the Urban Institute and Lauren Walizer from the Center for Law and Social Policy to discuss their contributions to NASFAA’s series of 10 papers that provide policy recommendations to help streamline the FAFSA. Lauren discusses her paper — co-authored by Elizabeth Lower-Basch — that analyzes the impact of using public benefits to reduce paperwork for students completing the FAFSA and how it would maximize financial aid. Sandy gives an overview of her three papers in the series, which detail the current methodology used to measure a family’s ability to contribute toward educational expenses and reviews the various methods proposed to simplify the FAFSA. The two also gave their answers to what the perfect FAFSA looks like. Keep an eye out for more special episodes from our FAFSA paper series throughout the month of August!

    • 38 min
    Episode 159: Dissecting the HEALS Act, New CARES Reporting Requirements, and Dream Center Controversy

    Episode 159: Dissecting the HEALS Act, New CARES Reporting Requirements, and Dream Center Controversy

    This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, and Allie dive into the latest news on the next federal coronavirus relief package, as Senate Republicans this week introduced the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act, which would provide just over $29 billion for higher education. Megan outlines new CARES Act reporting requirements announced by the Department of Education (ED) this week, and gives an update on recent guidance from U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement regarding the enrollment of new international students. Allie explains the Department of Homeland Security's recent announcement that it will not process new DACA applications, and gives a summary of a new congressional report that alleges some misconduct on the part of a senior ED official with regard to the accreditation of for-profit institutions owned by the Dream Center. Keep an eye out for special episodes during the month of August, and we'll be back with any breaking news!

    • 37 min
    Episode 158: Unpacking Alexander's Loan Repayment Plan, and the Future of Federal COVID Aid

    Episode 158: Unpacking Alexander's Loan Repayment Plan, and the Future of Federal COVID Aid

    This week on "Off The Cuff," Allie, Megan, and Jill dig into the latest proposal from Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) that would simplify the FAFSA and modify the current student loan repayment system before borrowers are required to resume monthly payments on October 1, among other things. Megan then provides an update on where things are with the latest federal relief package and what it means for higher education. Jill details the latest guidance from the Department of Education (ED) on additional funding from the CARES Act for institutions in need and how institutions can apply for the reserve fund. Plus, the team wants to know — what have you learned about yourself during the quarantine? 

    • 27 min
    Episode 157: Catching up With Craig Munier, ICE Rule Scrapped, and Fall Reopenings

    Episode 157: Catching up With Craig Munier, ICE Rule Scrapped, and Fall Reopenings

    This week on "Off The Cuff," the team is joined by Craig Munier, NASFAA's 2013-14 National Chair and the 2020 recipient of NASFAA's Meritorious Achievement Award. Craig, who recently retired from the Department of Education, shared his thoughts on how the profession has changed over the course of his career, and how to make the connection between the bigger picture and daily tasks in financial aid. Also in this episode, Justin speaks about what it means to be a nonpartisan organization and how and why NASFAA takes stances on public policies. Megan brings us the latest news on school reopenings and how the discussion is influencing discussions for the next coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill, as well as the whirlwind events surrounding a rule from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that was rapidly challenged in court and repealed this week. Jill catches the group up on new guidance from ED related to professional judgment, as well as institutional reporting requirements related to CARES Act funding. Plus, the team wants to know what you do to gain perspective.

    • 41 min
    Episode 156: Honoring Ron Day, Budget Negotiations, ICE and College Reopenings

    Episode 156: Honoring Ron Day, Budget Negotiations, ICE and College Reopenings

    This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, Jill, and Allie are joined by Ron Day, director of financial aid at Georgia's Kennesaw State University and the 2020 recipient of NASFAA's Lifetime Achievement Award. Ron talks about his career in financial aid, his experience serving as NASFAA's national chair in 2012-13, and what he's looking forward to in retirement. The team also brings the latest news about the federal budget for fiscal year 2021, as a funding bill makes its way through the House, debates over plans to reopen colleges for the fall, and a new rule from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that would require international students to leave the country if their fall courses are provided exclusively online. Plus, the team wants to know — based on lyrics alone, which celebrity would you like to see run for president?

    • 37 min
    Episode 155: NASFAA Congratulates David Gelinas, ED Releases Foreign Gifts Portal, Origination Fees

    Episode 155: NASFAA Congratulates David Gelinas, ED Releases Foreign Gifts Portal, Origination Fees

    This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, Jill, and Allie are joined by 2005-06 NASFAA National Chair David Gelinas, who is the 2020 recipient of NASFAA's Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest award that the association can bestow on one of its members. David shares how he earned the nickname "Sheriff Dave," his advice that he would pass along to others in the profession, and what his plans are for retirement. At 12:03, Megan shares the latest on the Department of Education's portal for foreign gift reporting, as well as recently released student loan origination fees. At 19:18, the group discusses news out of Federal Student Aid, as the office announced its selection of five companies to provide customer support to federal student loan borrowers. Plus, the team wants to know: What shows have you been binge watching lately? The podcast team will be on hiatus next week in observance of the Fourth of July — we'll catch up with you in two weeks!

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

G_Mayra ,

A MUST for all Financial Aid Professionals

I truly enjoy listening to “Off The Cuff”. The host and co-host are funny and energetic. Every single episode is filled with useful information. I’m a pre-COVID listener but I must say they have been doing a fantastic job during this global pandemic. If you’re interested in all the updates and policies related to financial aid and higher education then I recommend you subscribe.

CayGoob ,

Awesome addition

I have worked in student finance for almost 14 years. The Podcast is a great addition towards learning what is happening today in the student finance world when we all do not have the time to read. This truly feels like I am just joining the table for a colleague conversation.

ACormoulaine ,

I *LOVE* Off the Cuff

Okay, I know I'm a policy geek but even aside from that, "Off the Cuff" is a pleasure to listen to. While certainly useful, it's the fact that I feel like I'm getting to know some of the NASFAA team in a way that just seeing them at conferences doesn't provide.

Keep up the good work!

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