Monday, July 25, 2016

This week in legislation...


Week of July 25

·       This week, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are in recess. Lawmakers will return to legislative business on Tuesday, September 6 after the completion of the extended Congressional recess and the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.


·       Monday at 1:00 p.m., the Council for Economic Education holds a discussion titled, “Financial Literacy: Is Your State Part of the Problem or the Solution?” in Philadelphia, PA. Participants include: Erin Arvedlund, Personal Finance Writer, Philadelphia Inquirer; Gene Barr, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry; Charles Deal, Business Education Teacher, Neshaminy School District; Barry Haimes, Managing Partner, Sage Asset Management; Bonnie Meszaros, Associate Director, University of Delaware Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship; Carly Urban, Assistant Professor of Economics, Montana State University; and Nan Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer, Council for Economic Education.


·       Monday at 2:00 p.m., the College Promise Campaign hosts a screening of No Greater Odds, which tells the story of students at the College of Southern Nevada whose lives have been changed by access to a quality community college education, at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on access to free community college.


·       On Thursday at 11:00 a.m. PDT, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) holds a field hearing on debt collection in Sacramento, CA. The hearing will feature remarks from CFPB Director Richard Cordray, and testimony from consumer groups, industry representatives, and members of the public. NCHER expects the field hearing to coincide with the Bureau’s release of an outline of its proposals regarding debt collection, in preparation for a small business review panel required under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Bureau has convened SBREFA panels for its recent mortgage loan, arbitration, and payday loan rulemakings, and is expected to be a precursor to the release of the proposed regulation on debt collection. In November 2013, the CFPB issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning debt collection. In its recent Spring 2016 Agenda, the Bureau stated, “it is in the process of analyzing responses to a survey seeking information from consumers about their experiences with debt collectors and is engaged in qualitative testing to determine what information would be useful for consumers to have about debt collection and how that information should be provided to them.” The Bureau is expected to discuss these results during Thursday’s field hearing.


This information is shared by SASFAA's Legislative Affairs' Committee and NCHER.



Friday, July 22, 2016

This week in legislation...

To keep you informed of what happened this week in legislation and other activities in D.C., please see below.

Week of July 18
·       This week, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are in recess. Lawmakers will return to legislative business on Tuesday, September 6, after the completion of the extended Congressional recess and the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
·       On Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., Education Secretary John King, Jr. speaks at the inaugural convening of the Second Chance Pell Pilot Initiative to discuss the importance of second chances and the Administration’s work so far on the program. He will also moderate a panel on effective college-prison partnerships, which will include students discussing their college experience in prison.
·       On Tuesday at 11:00 a.m., First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the third annual “Beating the Odds” Summit as part of the “Reach Higher” Initiative and “Better Make Room” Campaign. The event, which will include Education Secretary John King, Jr. and more than 130 college-bound students, will focus on the importance of young people taking charge of their futures with perseverance, resilience, and college completion.

·       On Tuesday at 12:00 p.m., The Heritage Foundation hosts a discussion titled, “California’s Rush to Restrict Religious Freedom in Higher Education.” The event will examine California Senate Bill 1146, which the organization believes could jeopardize the freedom of religious institutions of higher education and restrict them from participating in state student aid programs if they make distinctions on the basis of religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity in admissions, student conduct codes, housing, and employment. Speakers include: John Jackson, President, William Jessup University; and Greg Baylor, Senior Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom.

·       On Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., the College Promise Campaign hosts a screening of No Greater Odds, which tells the story of students at the College of Southern Nevada whose lives have been changed by access to a quality community college education, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on access to free community college.

·         On Thursday and Friday, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) holds its 2016 Summer Workshop titled, “Examining the Accreditation Space: Accreditation and its Constituents.” Speakers include: Diane Auer Jones, President, AJsquared Consulting; Anthony Bieda, Executive in Charge, Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools; Barbara Gellman-Danley, President, Higher Learning Commission; James Kvaal, former Deputy Director, White House Domestic Policy Council; Lynn Mahaffie, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Policy, Planning, and Innovation, U.S. Department of Education; Leah Matthews, Executive Director, Distance Education Accrediting Commission; Cheryl Oldham, Vice President, Education Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Richard Pattenaude, President Emeritus and Professor of Political Science, Ashford University; Susan Phillips, Chair, National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity; and Bill Press, Senior Political Contributor, CNN.

·       On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., New America hosts a panel discussion titled, “Colleges in the Age of Enrollment Management: Engines of Opportunity or Perpetuators of Inequality? The event will take a closer look at the field of enrollment management and examine how it has affected the distribution of educational opportunity in the country. Panelists include: Donald Hossler, Emeritus Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University, and Senior Scholar, Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice, University of Southern California; Ozan Jaquette, Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change, Department of Educational Policy and Practice, University of Arizona; Lesley Turner, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Maryland at College Park; and Ken Redd, Director of Research and Policy Analysis, National Association of College and University Business Officers. Stephen Burd, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program, New America, will serve as moderator.

·       On Thursday at 12:00 p.m., the Council for Economic Education holds a discussion titled, “Financial Literacy: Is Your State Part of the Problem or the Solution?” in Cleveland, OH.

This information is shared by SASFAA's Legislative Affairs' Committee and NCHER.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

FL and You Can Help a Colleague


Keiser University’s Jacksonville Campus (FL) to Hold Blood Drive (and fund raiser) in Honor of Darryl R. Burt II 


Event Date:                         June 30, 2016, Thursday

                                                10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Location:                             Keiser University

                                                6430 Southpoint Parkway

                                                Jacksonville, FL 32250                                     


Event Contact:                   Raquel Ryan




Event Details:                     In honor of their colleague and friend, Darryl R. Burt II, and every victim of the tragedy in Orlando, Keiser University (6430 Southpoint Parkway) will be holding a blood drive on campus, June 30 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Darryl was laid to rest in his home town of Amelia, Virginia this past Saturday. Several of Darryl’s coworkers attended the service to say their final goodbyes to a young man they described as having an unforgettable smile.  Darryl was highly respected in the field of higher education for his work with returning Veterans seeking a college degree to start the next chapter of their lives. Darryl was also a valued member of the Jacksonville Jaycees and a gofundme account me has been established in his memory https://www.gofundme.com/Darryl-Burt-ll


How can SASFAA help? Have some extra change that you found when you recently cleaned out your vehicle? Decided to skip lunch and have an extra $5 or so? Just want to donate to a very worthy cause? Donate to the gofundme account at the above link? Every dollar helps and shows our support to a colleague's memory.                                                

About:  Keiser University, co-founded by Dr. Arthur Keiser, Chancellor in 1977, is a private, not-for-profit University serving nearly 20,000 students offering 100 degrees at the doctoral through associate level on 18 Florida campuses, online and internationally, employing 3,800 staff and faculty. Keiser University and the Keiser Mills Foundation provide nearly $44 million annually in need-based and academic scholarships.


Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Keiser University.


For additional information regarding Keiser University, go to http://www.keiseruniversity.edu.





Nichole Crowley

Director of Financial Aid

Keiser University

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6430 Southpoint Parkway

Jacksonville, FL 32216

904.296.3440 Office

800.507.2827 Fax


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Save the Date - SASFAA's 2016 Leadership Symposium

SASFAA Leadership Symposium
October 26 – 28, 2016 - Orlando, FL

Mark your calendars!  SASFAA is in the planning phases of developing the 2016 Leadership Symposium.  The format of the event will likely be three days.
·                   - October 26th – 3:00pm until dinner
·                   - October 27th – 8:00am – 5:00pm
·                   - October 28th – 8:00am – 12:00pm

The symposium is geared towards people who are currently in leadership positions, as well as those striving to be in a position of leadership.  Whether you want to improve your skills to be an effective leader within a financial aid office, financial aid association, or other office, this interactive symposium will provide you with the tools necessary to take your skills to the next level.

Workshop Size:
This is being designed as more of an intimate event than you may see at a larger conference, with plans being made for 50 attendees.

Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista Resort with a room rate of $142/night.  The rates will also be offered 2 days pre/post the event based on availability.

Registration:  $200.  Registration will open later in the summer or early fall and be open for paid SASFAA members.

Tentative Session Topics:
While this is not a final list, the committee is considering the following topics.  Sessions will include presentations, group work, and small/large group discussion based on the topics.
  •       “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”    - All participants will need to read the book prior to attending the event. 
  •          Trust
  •          Conflict
  •          Commitment
  •          Accountability
  •          Results
  •          “Politics”
  •          Ethics
  •          Team Building
Committee Members:
·         Brad Barnett, James Madison University (barnetbd@jmu.edu
·         Heather Boutell, Bellarmine University (hboutell@bellarmine.edu)        
·         Ron Day, Kennesaw State University (rday9@kennesaw.edu)
·         Lisanne Masterson, Blue Ridge Community College (l_masterson@blueridge.edu)
·         Brent Tener, Vanderbilt University (b.tener@vanderbilt.edu)
·         Tracy Misner, Cape Coral Tech (Site Coordinator)

We will share more with the membership as the event takes shape. In the meantime, please mark your calendars, or contact a committee member if you have any questions. We look forward to you joining us in Florida.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

SASFAA 2016-2017 Volunteer Opportunities

SASFAA is Looking for Volunteers for 2016-2017!

To get involved in SASFAA during the 2016-2017 year, please complete the following online form by July 1: https://fs19.formsite.com/SASFAA/form20/index.html .

Volunteering is a wonderful way to network, to learn something new, and, of course, to have fun.  Getting involved is a great way to enhance your professional skills and resume.  So, don’t wait! Complete the form today.  The 2016-2017 Executive Board will be developing committees and making plans soon.  We need to hear from you no later than July 1.
Thanks so much, and I look forward to working with you all in 2016-2017!! 


Marian Malone Dill
Director of Financial Aid
SASFAA 2015-2016 President-Elect
TASFAA Past-President

Lee University
P.O. Box 3450
Cleveland TN 37320-3450

423-614-8300 Fax 423-614-8308

Sunday, May 29, 2016

NAOW - Late Fee Waiver

Breaking news on the NAOW front, we have temporarily WAIVED THE LATE REGISTRATION FEE!

This is the final week of registration.

Why should you attend NAOW?  NAOW is an incredible experience that will remain with you the rest of your life. I had the privilege to attend NAOW as an attendee in 2004 on the campus of the University of South Florida. To this day I remember my instructors and have fond memories of that hot summer week in 2004 twelve years later. The bonds that will be built during this week are priceless. Don’t delay register today!

NAOW Faculty           http://www.sasfaa.org/NAOW2016/Faculty

Registration                    http://www.sasfaa.org/NAOW2016/registration

Shuttle Service           http://www.sasfaa.org/event-2229277

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Live it, Learn it, Love it at NAOW.



SCASFAA--A Year in Review

Serving students for 50 years with focused passion and fearless vision.


Greetings from the Palmetto State. We had a wonderful time celebrating our 50th anniversary this year. We started out the year with a Transitional Board Meeting in Newberry last July. After a time of transitioning activities between the 2014-15 and 2015-16 boards, we resurrected a mini version of the SCASFAA Olympics as a team-building experience.

Some highlights of our year:

·        President Elizabeth Milam attended and presented at KASFAA as part of the SASFAA State Presidents’ Exchange.

·        Our first Financial Awareness Symposium was held at Columbia College on December 14, 2015.

·        The New Aid Officers’ Workshop was conducted at Newberry College on January 21, 2016.

·        We submitted the SCASFAA history and assorted memorabilia for the NASFAA 50th Anniversary time capsule.

·        NASFAA accepted two of our Student Success Stories for inclusion in the National Conference Student Success Luncheon (Dr. Tabatha McAllister, University of South Carolina’s Palmetto College) and NASFAA’s Student Success publication (Samantha Kite, Coastal Carolina University).

·        Approximately 75 SCASFAA members attended the SASFAA Annual Conference in Greensboro, NC.

·        College Goal SC was held at numerous locations across the state on February 20-27, 2016.

·        President-Elect Kevin Perry attended the NASFAA Leadership & Legislative Expo and participated in Hill visits in Washington, DC.  

·        The Intermediate Aid Officers Workshop, featuring a NASFAA U Credential in Verification, was held at Southern Wesleyan University on March 16, 2016.

·        The Leadership Symposium, focusing on customer service and self-care practices, was held as a pre-conference event on April 3, 2016.

·        Legislative Issues Chair Joey Derrick and committee member Brandon Lindsay attended the SASFAA Legislative Symposium and participated in Hill visits in Washington, SC. 


The year culminated with our Annual Conference and 50th Anniversary Celebration at Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach on April 3-6, 2016. SASFAA President Amy Berrier and MASFAA President Nicole Patrick were our special guests. We were honored to have 25 of our 49 presidents in attendance. We brought back many fun activities from the past such as the SCASFAA Olympics (nothing creates a bond like being blindfolded and tied to a colleague) and the Miss SCASFAA Pageant. Conference Chair Katie Harrison and her committee did a remarkable job putting together a conference with meaningful sessions, engaging activities, and historical remembrances. The conference touched the hearts of retired lifetime members and past-presidents, energized current members, and inspired those new to the profession.


The following retirees were recognized at the annual conference:

Josephine Brown    Trident Technical College                        15 years

Candace Hall          Medical University of South Carolina         17 years

Sherry Hall             Aiken Technical College                          33 years


The following members were presented Quarter Century pins, recognizing 25 years of service:

Angela Fowler        Converse College

Hank Fuller            The Citadel

Bobby Holcombe    University of South Carolina-Union

Michael Jordan       North Greenville University

Terri Williams         University of South Carolina-Upstate

Sandra Gibson        Morris College                                      (37 years of service)


The following members were recipients of SCASFAA awards:

Emerging Leader Award                        Kyle Phillips             Clemson University

SCASFAA Achiever Award                      Katie Harrison          SC Tuition Grants Commission

Fearless Nine Service to SCASFAA Award   Tabatha McAllister    University of South Carolina’s Palmetto College


Our conference’s charity fundraising was held in memory of DePayne Middleton Doctor, one of the “Emmanuel Nine,” victims of the tragic shooting in Charleston last June. DePayne was a graduate and employee of three SCASFAA-affiliated institutions, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College and her Master’s from Southern Wesleyan University. She worked at the Medical University of South Carolina and most recently at Southern Wesleyan University. SCASFAA was proud to raise $2,500 for a scholarship for DePayne’s daughter who is attending Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC.


Below are a few photos from our year so far.

Transitional Board Meeting, July 2015 – (back) Nikki Miller, Cindy Peachey, Leah Suttles, April Baur, Carolyn Sparks, Jennifer Williams, Kevin Delp, Kisha Dawkins, Deborah Williams, Melanie Gillespie, DJ Wetzel, Jenny Beakley Hammett, Donna Quick, Casey Wallen, (front) Kevin Perry, Elizabeth Milam, Ken Cole, Katie Harrison



SCASFAA celebrated our 50th Anniversary at the Annual Conference in April 2016

25 out of 49 SCASFAA presidents attended the 50th Anniversary Celebration – (back) Ken Player 1991-92, Ken Cole 2014-15, Bob Godfrey 1992-93, Allison Sullivan 2011-12, Ellen Green 1990-91, Nancy Garmroth 2005-06, Betty Whalen 2004-05, Earl Mayo 1999-2000, Keith Reeves 2003-04, Jeff Holliday 2010-11, (front) Jennifer (Jones-Gaddy) Bomar 1983-84, Jackie Bell 1996-97, Fred Hardin 1995-96, Sarah Dowd 2012-13, Mike Fox 2000-01, Elizabeth Milam 2015-16, Katie Harrison 2013-14, Tabatha McAllister 2007-08, Cheryl Hughes 1998-99, Hank Fuller 2009-10. Present but not pictured: Marvin Carmichael 1881-82, Jeff Dennis 2008-09, Anita Kaminer Elliott 2002-03, Sylvia Hudson 1974-75, Kim Jenerette 2006-07

Jeff Dennis defended his 2005 crown to win the Miss SCASFAA Pageant again in 2016.

SCASFAA wishes you a great remainder of 2015-2016.

Elizabeth Milam

President, South Carolina Assn. of Student Financial Aid Administrators