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As TASFAA’s current President-Elect you afforded me the opportunity to attend the NASFAA Leadership Conference held in Washington D.C. February 23 – 25th.
NASFAA provided three conference tracks, including the Association Management Pathway. The sessions were led by financial aid professionals who have current and prior state, regional and national association leadership roles. The session topics were thorough and relevant to responsibilities of an association board member. I came away with increased confidence and knowledge of the year ahead in my role as your President for 2016-2017.
A dynamic and interactive presentation was made by Dr. Michela Perrone, faculty member at Georgetown University and president of MMP Associates. Other pertinent sessions offered time to examine our governing documents, strategic planning one year at a time, the fiscal business side of our association, and volunteer management. Many of us in attendance wrestled with maintaining board continuity year to year while introducing new board members and listening to new fresh ideas. Each session included time for in-depth discussions and networking with other association President-elects including our own Marian Huffman, current President-Elect of SASFAA.
It became evident early in the conference that TASFAA is financially sound with a legacy of leadership provided by those colleagues who have and are serving our association. It is reassuring that moving TASFAA forward will not be a difficult undertaking. We have great leaders and colleagues in our association that are willing to offer counsel, walk beside one another, lean in together to keep our association strong during challenging times in higher education.
Wednesday, February 25 my trip to Washington D.C. ended with a productive visit to Capitol Hill. While the thought of meeting with legislative staff members of our state representatives in a historic city felt intimidating I was assured that they would be receptive to hear from a professional in the field of student financial aid. I met with educational policy advisors Kathleen Smith, Andrew LaCasse, Lauren Davies, and Peter Oppenheim education policy director and counsel for the US Senate HELP committee. In this meeting it was stressed that the biggest concern is the perception that students are not completing the FAFSA and therefore unaware of the aid that may be available to them. The group also expressed that Title IX is at the front of HEA. It was encouraging to hear them support a reduction of verification requirements with the PPY and DRT inception. The afternoon allowed visits with Justin Tooley from Representative Jim Cooper’s office and Kathleen Carlson from Representative Stephen Fincher’s office.
The conference followed by Hill visits was certainly a highlight of my 20+ years in financial aid. It allowed me the chance to step into an advocacy role where I could represent our education community at a different level. I realize with fresh insight that in our service we provide to our students, the support we provide to our institutions and the time volunteering in our TASFAA organization makes the world better each day.
To encourage new members to pursue professional development opportunities and to enhance success within the financial aid profession, TASFAA is proud to offer the Clyde Walker Professional Development Scholarship. The scholarship was named in honor and in memory of Clyde Walker who passed away September 23, 2013. Mr. Walker was a Past President of TASFAA and had been a member of the association for many years. He chaired and served on many TASFAA committees and a mentor to many. He was Chair of the Association Governance Committee at the time of his passing. This scholarship will cover the cost of registration for one (1) participant to attend the SASFAA New Aid Officers Workshop. The 2016 SASFAA New Aid Officers Workshop, will be held June 19-24 at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama.
Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for the TASFAA Professional Development Scholarship, the applicant must:
The scholarship will cover the cost of the SASFAA New Aid Officers Workshop registration. The applicant is responsible for any remaining costs associated with the workshop (travel, etc.).
Preference may be given to a past TASFAA New Aid Officers Workshop attendee.
Applications (and all required documents) must be submitted to Janie Burns, TASFAA Training Committee Chair, no later than April 1, 2016. The winner will be announced at the TASFAA annual conference, April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, TN. All applicants are encouraged to attend the conference if possible.
We look forward to receiving your application.
Register now to reserve your spot for the training workshop on March 11, 2016 at TCAT at Nashville. The sessions for the day include the following topics:
Overview of Financial Aid
Resolving Conflicting Information
State Grant and Scholarship Programs
Lottery Scholarship Program
Tennessee Promise Program
Please click on the following link to register to attend http://tn.gov/collegepays/article/tsac-new-aid-officers-training-event. Directions and parking information will be provided once you’ve registered to attend. Refreshments will be served from8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and the workshop sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The deadline for reserving your space is March 8th.
Take Our CDRs Quiz, Check Out Important Reminder
Submitted by Dave Bowman, Regional Director
Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc.
Reviewing your draft Cohort Default Rates can test your brain power—and figuring out whether a student belongs in a particular cohort year might be harder than you think. How well do you know the factors that determine cohort year? Take our three-question quiz to find out.
Quiz: Can You Place These Students in the Correct CDR Calculation?
1. Emma, History Degree
Important CDR Reminder: Regulatory changes recently announced to the CDR challenge process for the Participation Rate Index do not take effect until 2017!
Dave Bowman is a Regional Director with Great Lakes, serving schools in Kentucky, Tennessee and Southern Ohio. You can reach Dave at (888) 685-1604, or by email at email@example.com. Additional information about Great Lakes can be found online at schools.mygreatlakes.org.
TASFAA friends, we need nominations for YOUR Executive Board!! Please take a few moments to consider who would make a great candidate for each of the positions below. Be sure to ask your nominee if they are interested in running before submitting their name. Maybe YOU would make a great candidate!! Keep in mind that running for office is a big, yet very rewarding commitment.
Positions open for 2016-2017:
President-Elect: Will serve as TASFAA President for 2017-2018.
Secretary: Recorder of the Association and the custodian of its records.
Sector Representatives: Voting members of the Executive Board who represent their respective sectors.
If you have any questions or would like more information about any of the open positions or the TASFAA election process, please contact any member of the Nominations and Elections Committee.
Celena Tulloss- University of Tennessee Knoxville
Sandra Rockett- Dyersburg State Community College
Cara Suhr- TCAT Nashville
Marian Dill- Lee University
Nominations will be accepted through December 4, 2015 and may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. All nominations will be kept confidential. TASFAA elections will begin in January. We look forward to receiving your nominations!
TASFAA Past-President 2015-2016
TASFAA Governmental Relations Update
Government Shut Down Avoided
The Senate passed a short-term Continuing Resolution Wednesday that allows the federal government to remain open through December 11, 2015. During the interim, budget talks will continue regarding a two-year budget deal that is desired. Due to the current differences between the two parties and the Presidential election in 2016, it would not be surprising to end up with another short-term continuing resolution that goes through the November elections.
Federal Perkins Loan Program in Wind-Down
The Senate did not extend the Federal Perkins Loan Program yesterday, which ended the federal fiscal year. Although the House of Representatives passed a one-year extension on a voice, consent vote last week, the unanimous consent vote was blocked by Senator Alexander, who chairs the Senate HELP Committee. The USDE provided the guidelines for the wind-down of the Federal Perkins Loan Program in a Dear Colleague Letter (GEN-15-03) published January 30, 2015. Additionally, the Department of Education provided wind-down Questions and Answers regarding the Perkins Program on the Campus-Based Processing Information page on the IFAP website.
Submitted by Ron Gambill
TASFAA Governmental Relations Committee
TASFAA FALL TRAINING 2015
Registration for the TAFAA Fall Training is ready!
Our current President Dick Smelser has chosen to focus on Legacy for Leadership for the 2015-2016 year.
For those of you in a leadership position, who is the person in your office who would step into your role when you are no longer available? What legacy will you leave behind to ensure that your office and your college are left in capable hands? Ensuring that you provide your office with a well trained staff is vital in leaving a legacy for your school.
TASFAA/TSAC Fall Training Series is coming soon to provide training to help fulfil your Legacy for Leadership. It will be a well-rounded event providing sessions to develop you and your staff’s knowledge on a multitude of subjects.
Our Federal Session will be presented by the one and only Dave Bartnicki. Any of you who have seen Dave in action know that when he is done we will be well informed and thoroughly entertained!
Robert Biggers and James Snider from TSAC will present on our state programs such as TSAA, Hope, and Tennessee Promise. Robert and James will provide you with their wealth of knowledge to assist you with the ever-changing complexity of our state programs.
training you are allowed to take the NASFAA Credential test for SAP at no cost to you! This is a savings of $99.00. If you want to know more about NASFAA Credentialing click here.
You must be a TASFAA member before registering. Please click here to visit the membership application page if you are not currently a member of TASFAA.
Select from the following locations to attend training:
Workshop West TN – Union University in Jackson on October 28th
Workshop Middle TN – TN State University in Nashville on October 29th
Workshop East TN – Johnson University Knoxville on October 30th
The cost of the training is $65.00 per person.
All regions have the following agenda:
8:15 - 9:00
9:00 - 10:00
Top Ten Compliance Issues
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 11:45
Federal Update, Verification,
and Enrollment Reporting
11:45 - 12:30
12:30 - 2:00
Robert Biggers and James Snider
2:00 - 2:15
2:15 - 3:45
NASFAA SAP Training
Janie Burns and Larry Rector
TASFAA Spring Update!!
It’s one of the busiest times of year for most of us, but as we celebrate National Volunteer Week beginning on the 12th, I’d like to take some time to recognize all of the TASFAA folks who volunteer in our association and beyond.
First, TASFAA Governmental Relations Committee Chair Ron Gambill (Edsouth) and member Larry Rector (Johnson University) visited Washington, D.C. to lobby for various Federal Student Aid issues. Larry’s account of the trip was featured on the SASFAA Nine News blog. They met with two Senators and three Representatives over the two day trip. Thank you Ron and Larry for representing TASFAA and advocating for our Tennessee students!
Next, former TASFAA President and Director of Financial Aid at Lee University, Marian Dill was chosen to serve as a Primary Negotiator, representing private, non-profit institutions for the U.S. Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking on Title IV loan issues. Marian is currently serving as the Vice President of SASFAA and was recently voted SASFAA President-Elect for the 2015-2016 year. Kudos to Marian on her achievements!
Most recently, President-Elect Dick Smelser attended the NASFAA Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo. The conference helps prepare state association presidents and leaders from across the United States. Dick was also able to advocate for our students on Capitol Hill, even being invited to the “Tennessee Breakfast” with Senators Alexander and Corker. We look forward to your year as President Mr. Smelser!
Last but not least, I want to acknowledge the work of Leah Louallen and the 2015 TASFAA Conference Committee. We have an amazing agenda this year, full of great presenters (including David Bartnicki), as well as lots of fun. We have a new conference location at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, a powerhouse opening speaker in June Cline, and surprises you won’t want to miss. Please make plans to join us April 26-29, for “TASFAA: A Growing Family Tree”. http://tasfaatn.com/Conference
As always, I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve as President of this amazing association, with such a spirit of friendship and volunteerism. I salute each of you this National Volunteer Week.
Thanks for all you do TASFAA family!
To encourage new members to pursue professional development opportunities and to enhance success within the financial aid profession, TASFAA is proud to offer the Clyde Walker Professional Development Scholarship. The scholarship was named in honor and in memory of Clyde Walker who passed away September 23, 2013. Mr. Walker was a Past President of TASFAA and had been a member of the association for many years. He chaired and served on many TASFAA committees and a mentor to many. He was Chair of the Association Governance Committee at the time of his passing. This scholarship will cover the cost of registration for one (1) participant to attend the SASFAA New Aid Officers Workshop. The 2015 SASFAA New Aid Officers Workshop, will be held June 14-19 at Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, KY.
Applications (and all required documents) must be submitted to Larry Rector, TASFAA Training Committee Chair, no later than April 10, 2015. The winner will be announced at the TASFAA annual conference, April 26-29 at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, TN. All applicants are encouraged to attend the conference if possible.
We look forward to receiving your application! Good luck!
2014-2015 TASFAA President
Clyde Walker Professional Development Scholarship Application.docx
February 2015 Webinar Sessions and Descriptions
(Revised Title) An Exploration of the 150% Direct Subsidized Loan Limit
Category: Program Administration
There is now a limitation on the period for which a borrower may receive a Direct Subsidized Loan. Join us as we take an exploration of the 150% Loan Limit. We will show you how to correctly calculate the maximum eligibility period and subsidized usage period. We will also review what happens borrowers lose their interest subsidy benefits and helpful ways you can educate them of the changes.
Specific topics covered include:
· Understanding the maximum eligibility period
· Examining loss of eligibility
· Exploring ways to educate your borrowers
Presenters: Jamie Malone (internal SME) and Michiale Schneider
Date: February 2 at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
(NEW) Embracing Your New Leadership Role – Plans, Tips, and Perspectives
Category: Professional Development
Topics to be discussed:
Presenters: Keyimani Alford and Michiale Schneider
February 4 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
February 17 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
(NEW) Who’s Defaulting and Why: An In-depth Look at the Root of Loan Default
Category: Default Management
Borrowers default because they don’t pay—they don’t’ pay because their payments are unaffordable. However, unaffordability is one of the many reasons why borrowers struggle in repayment. There are others. We’ve identified who’s defaulting and why so that you can better understand which borrowers may have problems in repayment. We’ll also show you how to gather your own findings so that you can develop more targeted interventions. Getting to the root of loan default is the key that can move the needle on your rate and help the borrowers you serve.
Presenters: Roger Eldridge (internal SME) and Tasha McDaniel
February 11 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Identity Theft: Help Students Avoid this Epidemic
Category: Financial Wellness
Every minute approximately 19 people fall victim to identity theft. Do you know how to help your students avoid this epidemic? Identify theft is the fastest growing crime in America and young people between the ages of 18-24 are the most likely to be affected. But there are ways that your students can proactively protect themselves. This webinar will show you how you can inform and counsel your students so they can protect themselves from identity thieves and potential scams.
Presenters: Michiale Schneider and Tasha McDaniel
February 3 at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Dependency Status DilemmasCategory: Program Administration
Are your students confused about how to answer dependency questions on the FAFSA? When should you consider a dependency override? We'll review ways to help your students while maintaining compliance.
Presenters: Michiale Schneider and Keyimani Alford
February 3 at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
February 5 at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Financial Literacy: What You Need to Know to Educate Your Students
Financial education helps student’s make wise decisions about money and credit. You can create and tailor your own financial literacy programs by mastering basic concepts. This train-the-trainer session will give you all of the essentials you need to provide financial education to your students. You’ll be able to take what you’ve learned and create your own presentation to educate your students so that they make wise financial choices both during school and after graduation.
Presenters: Michiale Schneider and Tasha McDaniel
February 4 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
February 10 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Verification: Four Simple Steps to Completion
Get the right dollars to the right students, on time. We’ll show you the easiest steps to completing verification based on recent policy changes and review common issues that arise.
Presenters: Keyimani Alford and Michiale Schneider
February 10 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Professional Judgment Perplexities
Professional Judgment is helps you target funds to students with exceptional need. But Professional Judgment principles must be applied wisely and responsibly in order to be effective and compliant.
This participatory session reviews complex case studies to show how you can help students get the aid they need by making adjustments to either the expected family contribution (EFC) or the student’s cost of attendance.
Presenters: Michiale Schneider and Keyimani Alford
February 12 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Anatomy of a Cohort Default Rate
Have you ever dissected your cohort default rate? Attend this session to learn what factors and circumstances affect your default rate. Do you know what factors and circumstances affect your rate? Things to consider include defaulted loans from students who attended multiple schools, the timing of deferments, and the impact of loan consolidation and rehabilitation. This session will review all of these situations so you can better understand your rate and help your borrowers.
Presenters: Tasha McDaniel and Michiale Schneider
February 17 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Decoding CDR Reports and Correcting Data
Draft Cohort Default Rates are due to be released in February. Do you know how to review your report for accuracy? Learn how you can review CDR reports and when to challenge, appeal and adjust to ensure your school’s rate is an accurate reflection of your borrower’s experience in repayment.
· The Cohort Default Rate (CDR) cycle
· Challenges, Adjustment and Appeals
· Common appeal errors to avoid
February 18 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
February 26 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Tax Filing Rules: What Financial Aid Administrators Need to Know
Get a refresher on tax filing rules in advance of the 2015-16 verification cycle to better identify and resolve issues during the file review process. This webinar will take you through tax rules to ensure the data elements used to calculate the expected family contribution are correct.
February 19 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
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