Week of September 26, 2022
- This week, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are in session for legislative business. Later in the week, both chambers are expected to consider a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to extend funding for the federal government past the start of the fiscal year that begins on October 1st. The CR is expected to last until mid-December.
- On Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) hosts a webinar covering part three of its series on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. The webinar will focus on loan forgiveness options, including income-driven repayment (IDR). During the webinar, the CFPB will provide an overview of the forgiveness options of IDR plans, provide updates regarding student loan repayment, and share tips on how to prepare for repayment. Participants include: Bukola Adesanmi, Outreach Specialist, CFPB; Rachel Hurst, PSLF Consumer Advocate, Administrator, PSLF Support Facebook Group; Christina Sutton, PSLF Consumer Advocate, Administrator, PSLF Support Facebook Group; and Prya D’Souza, PSLF Consumer Advocate, Moderator, PSLF Support Facebook Group. For additional information, visit the event website.
- On Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) hosts a webinar titled, “2023-2024 FAFSA Updates.” The webinar is for students, parent, and college access professionals who are interested in what is new with the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. For additional information, visit the event website.
- On Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., New America hosts an event titled, “Why Community College Bachelor’s Degrees? Similarities and Differences Across Urban and Rural Settings.” According to the invite, people in communities of all sizes need affordable, accessible higher education. In half of states, at least some community colleges can offer bachelor’s degree programs. While areas of study for community college bachelor’s (CCB) programs may vary between rural and urban colleges, the core goals for offering CCBs are similar. For example, more remote rural colleges may aim to offer the only local bachelor’s degree option available, while urban institutions may focus on complementing the capacity of other local colleges to help students more into high-demand professions. In this event, a panel of experts will share their experiences with developing, launching, and continuing to support CCB programs in their colleges, and discuss how community and employer relationships factor into their CCB programs and what value they veel their programs bring to the local community. Participants include: Iris Palmer, Deputy Director for Community Colleges, New America; Sue Cui, Senior Program Officer, Ascendium; Lael Noonan, Central Wyoming College; Helen Reid, Trinity Valley Community College; Connie Renda, San Diego Mesa College; and Linda Smarzik, Austin Community College. For additional information, visit the event website.
- On Thursday at 11:00 a.m., NCHER holds a webinar on the U.S. Department of Education’s Unified Servicing and Data Solution (USDS), which will provide the membership with an overview of USDS and discuss FSA’s financial aid architecture and contract arrangements, including both front-end assistance and loan servicing, and how they are proposing that everything fit together. The speaker will be Tom Green, Chief Executive Officer of Exeter Government Services LLC. Tom has a long history of involvement in government contacting in general, and student loan programs in particular, including at CDSI where he stood up the Direct Loan Program back in the early 1990’s. For additional information or to register for the webinar, click here.
- On Thursday at 1:00 p.m., FSA hosts a webinar titled, “Federal Policy Update.” This webinar is intended for counselors, mentors, and college access professionals who are interested in learning about recent federal updates such as recent regulatory changes, the student debt relief plan, and upcoming changes related to the FAFSA Simplification Act. For additional information, visit the event website.
- On Thursday at 1:00 p.m., the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law holds a hearing titled, “Oversight of the Bankruptcy Code, Part 12: Ensuring a Fresh Start for Consumers.” Witnesses will be announced at a later date. The hearing will be livestreamed on the committee website.
- There are no further public events on higher education finance-related issues scheduled for this week.