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Conferences For Financial Aid Professionals

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NASFAA Information

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is the professional association of the individuals who manage financial aid at the nation's postsecondary institutions. Every year the Department of Education and Federal Student Aid send a delegation of presenters to the conference to offer training and information related to Title IV aid.

The 2006 NASFAA Conference took place on July 5-8, 2006 in Seattle, Washington.

Senior staff members from the Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education and Federal Student Aid presented a general session and 11 more specialized presentations at the NASFAA conference. You may download these presentations by clicking on the corresponding links below.

Department of Education Update
Department of Education senior staff will provide the latest information on Departmental activities impacting the Title IV Federal student aid programs. The presentation will include an update on the implementation of provisions included in the Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005 that affect the Title IV programs, the status of reauthorization and the FY 2007 Federal student aid budget process, as well as other late-breaking news. Download Presentation

Presenters: Jeff Baker (Federal Student Aid)
Dan Madzelan (Office of Postsecondary Education)
David Bergeron (Office of Postsecondary Education)

Other NASFAA presentations by our team
The table below provides more detail on the 11 sessions led by team members for the Department of Education and Federal Student Aid.

Academic Competitiveness Grant and National SMART Grant Programs UpdateThis session will provide an overview of the latest developments for the Academic Competitiveness Grant Program and the National SMART Grant Program. Details will be provided from both the policy and the operational perspectives
FFEL and Direct Program UpdateThis session will provide an overview of the latest FFEL and Direct Loan program changes as a result the recent Higher Education Reconciliation Act. Changes to consolidation loans will be discussed as well
Application and Delivery System UpdatesThe session will be a review of the annual changes that are made to the application and delivery system.
NSLDS - How to Use the DataThis session will explain how to use NSLDS data for day-to-day financial aid office operations, such as calculating underlying loan amounts of consolidation loans, checking for changes in student eligibility related to default and overpayments, and checking prior disbursements for transfer students.
Return of Title IV FundsReturn to Title IV Funds session will cover the changes as a result of the Budget Reconciliation Act as well as address many of the basics in "R2T4". The presenters will provide ample time for a Question and Answer period at the end of the session.
Satisfactory Academic Progress StandardsIn this session we will review the minimum requirements for a written Satisfactory Academic Progress policy and discuss best practices. We plan to provide you with information that you can use on your campus to examine and perhaps improve your current SAP policies as well as how one should communicate these policies to your students.
Study AbroadThis session will be a review of the requirements for using Title IV programs with students who are studying abroad. The discussion will include such topics as leave of absence, use of power of attorney, disbursement, cost of attendance, reporting of enrollment status, and consortium agreements.
Scheduled and Borrower-Based Academic YearBBAY? SAY? Say what? How do you certify those pesky FFEL/DL Stafford loans? Join representatives from the Department of Education to discuss the requirements necessary to properly apply annual loan limits to borrowers attending your institution. We will explain the differences between the BBAY and SAY, issues resulting from overlapping loan periods, and how to deal with changes that occur after a loan has been certified or originated. Come with questions and leave with answers to help you better manage these programs.
Tools to Assist you in Processing Aid and Sustaining ComplianceThis session will focus on several Tools available from the FAA Access to CPS Online Web site that can assist schools with processing aid more efficiently. The session will also discuss how the FSA Assessment Tools can help your school with sustaining compliance with the Title IV Programs. Come in out of the rain and learn how this umbrella of tools can help keep you dry!
Loan Forgiveness, Cancellation, and DischargeThe session will review the requirements regarding loan forgiveness, cancellation, and discharge. The presenters will distinguish between the types of teacher loan forgiveness and explain the intricacies of disability discharge.
Working with Veterans Affairs to Help StudentsThis session will provide information about how VA education benefits and payment rules apply to your students. The session will also identify the various benefits and rules and discuss how, if at all, the receipt of each type of VA education benefit impacts a student's eligibility for Federal Student Aid.

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Last updated/reviewed June 16, 2006

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