Tuesday, March 29, 2016


This announcement is shared with us by our Kentucky Association (KASFAA)--

We have learned that Ron Duvall passed away this past weekend in Arizona.

Ron was KASFAA President for the 1995-96 KASFAA year.  In 2001, Ron was awarded KASFAA’s highest honor – The Herb Vescio Distinguished Service Award.  In 2003, when Ron left Kentucky for Arizona, he was awarded with KASFAA Honorary Life Membership.

Ron Duvall served in a variety of positions for KHEAA/KHESLC including:  Chief Information Officer, Deputy Director – Division of Loan Programs, Manager Student Loan Service Center and Manager State Grant Programs.  After leaving Kentucky, Ron also worked with Southwest Student Services and Sallie Mae.

You’ll find an article on Ron in the Summer 2007 KASFAA Newsletter – on page seven (7).  That newsletter can be found at this link:  http://www.kasfaa.com/newsletters/summer07.pdf.

Final arrangements are still being made, and may take longer than usual due to the distance between Arizona and Kentucky.  We will send that information to you when it is available.  Meanwhile, you’ll find below information received regarding expressions of condolences.

KASFAA will long remember Ron’s energy, hard work, encouragement, and smile.  We extend our sympathies to Ron’s family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages and requests you make a tax deductible donation to TPR Foundation with designation pickleball amenities.

TPR Foundation, Inc.
8490 S. Power Rd., Suite #105-140
Gilbert, AZ 85297

The Duvall's Address:  Debbie Duvall, 4086 E. Carob Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85298.


Laura Keown
KASFAA President 2015-16

SASFAA members, too, extend our sympathy to the family of Ron Duvall.

This week in legislative affairs...

Week of March 28
·       This week, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are on recess for the Easter holiday. The U.S. Senate will return on Monday, April 4, and the U.S. House will return on Tuesday, April 12.
·       Today at 10:00 a.m., New America hosts a discussion entitled, “The Future of College Assessment,” which will examine whether college assessments can reduce the growing public anxiety about higher education prices and student debt where colleges and universities are facing pressure to show results. The event will highlight a new generation of standardized assessments designed to measure the critical thinking, analytic reasoning, and communication skills and feature a new white paper titled “Standardized Assessments of College Learning: Past and Future” by Purdue University scholar Fredrik deBoer. Panelists include: Kevin Carey, Education Policy Program Director, New America; Alberto Acerada, Senior Director of Business Development and Global Education, Education Testing Service; and Roger Benjamin, President, Council for Aid to Education and Publisher, Collegiate Learning Assessment.
·       On Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White gives the keynote address at the Mutual Fund Directors Forum’s 2016 Policy Conference in Washington, DC.
·       On Tuesday at 12:20 p.m., Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gives a speech on “Economic Outlook and Monetary Policy” at the Economic Club of New York luncheon. 
·       On Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation release their analysis of the President’s proposed fiscal year 2017 budget. Each year, CBO and Joint Tax estimate the budgetary effects of the changes to the tax code and spending programs proposed in the President’s budget.

·        On Thursday at 9:30 a.m., New America hosts a discussion titled, “The Index Card: Rules of Thumb and the Future of Financial Education,” which will provide a number of ideas designed to give the public the tools to improve their financial health and well-being and discuss research on consumer knowledge of and attitudes toward rules of thumb. Panelists include: Justin King, Policy Director, Asset Building Program, New America; Helaine Olen, Co-Author, The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to be Complicated and Columnist, Slate; and Irene Skricki, Senior Financial Education Program Analyst, CFPB.

·       On Thursday at 2:00 p.m., the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, ACT, and Jobs for the Future hold a Congressional briefing titled, “Showcase of Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Programs and Policies: Innovative Approaches to College Access and Affordability.” Participants include: Zephranie Buetow, Office of Senator Gary Peters (D-MI); Patrick Cannon, Purdue University North Central; Scott Frein, ACT; Elizabeth Grant, Jobs for the Future; Adam Lowe, National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships; Armella Smith, Shelby County Schools; Loralee Stevens, Johnson County Community College; and Amy Williams, Montana University System.

·        On Thursday at 2:00 p.m., the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and Coalition of Urban Serving Universities host an event to launch Collaborating for Change, an initiative working to promote and assist public urban research universities as they plan and implement transformational approaches to advance student success. Participants include: Peter McPherson, President, APLU; Mark Becker, President, Georgia State University; Mark Rosenberg, President, Florida International University; Sukhwant Jhaj, Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Student Success, Portland State University; and Thomas Moss, Associate Vice Provost, University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Shared by NCHER and SASFAA's Legislative Relations' Committee.

Monday, March 21, 2016

This week in legislative affairs---

Shared by SASFAA Legislative Relations' Committee and NCHER.

Week of March 21

·       This week, the U.S. House is in session for legislative business, though it is not expected to consider student financial aid-related legislation. The U.S. Senate is in recess and will return on Monday, April 4.

·       Today through Wednesday, all day, the 2016 Debt Collection Forum, created to provide debt collection professionals with a foundation of direction, insight, and actionable solutions, is held in St. Louis, MO. Forum sessions include: Creating a Culture of Compliance; The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is Talking, Are You Listening; No Account Left Behind: Developing a Cradle to Grave Workforce Strategy; Vendor Management: How Much Diligence Is Due; and 20/20 Collections: What Will Collections Look Like in 2020.


·       Tuesday through Thursday, all day, insideArm and Compliance Professionals Forum present ARM-U, a free virtual conference aimed at education for compliance, operations, and training professionals in the collections space. ARM-U is a six-part webinar series that takes place over the course of three days and is designed to focus on pressing industry topics in an online classroom-like setting. Discussion topics include: How Much is Too Much: Consumer and Collection Attorneys Discuss Debt, Fees, and Interest; Five Things Learned from the Small Business Review Panel to Apply to Debt Collection Rule Making; Convenience Fees and Consumer Debts; Data-Driven Strategies to Improve Operational Efficiencies and Reduce Telephone Consumer Protection Act Risk; Meeting the CFPB’s Objectives for Your Compliance Management System; Vendor Compliance and Audit Practices; and ARM-U Wrap Up for Members: Peer Discussion. For more information and to register, click here.

·       On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies holds a hearing on the Department of Education’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget proposal. The sole witness will be Education Secretary John King, Jr.

·       On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the House Education and the Workforce Committee holds a hearing entitled, “Strengthening Education Research and Privacy Protections to Better Serve Students.” Witnesses will be announced at a later date. To view a live webcast of this hearing, click here.

·       On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the House Financial Services Committee holds a hearing entitled, “The Annual Testimony of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of the International Financial System.” The sole witness will be The Honorable Jacob Lew, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury.

·       On Tuesday at 10:15 a.m., the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology holds a hearing entitled, “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).” Witnesses include: The Honorable Tom Wheeler, Chairman, FCC; The Honorable Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, FCC; The Honorable Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, FCC; The Honorable Ajit Pai, Commissioner, FCC; and The Honorable Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, FCC. To view a live webcast of this hearing, click here.

·       On Tuesday at 11:00 a.m., the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government holds a hearing on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) FY 2017 budget proposal. The sole witness will be SEC Chair Mary Jo White.

·       On Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy holds a hearing on Member of Congress proposals relating to fundamental reform of the income tax system. Witnesses will be announced at a later date.


·       On Wednesday starting 9:00 a.m., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosts the National Conference on Talent Pipeline Management to bring together a wide audience of business leaders, policymakers, and communities in action to discuss employer-led solutions for closing the country’s skills gap. According to the event description, while many workers still face unemployment, U.S. businesses are leaving jobs unfilled because they cannot find qualified talent. The mismatch between the nation’s current education system and today’s economy has resulted in an ever increasing skills gap that threatens the security and growth of the U.S. economy. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has therefore launched the Talent Pipeline Management Initiative, a supply chain approach that calls on the business community and public policy leaders to transform education and workforce systems to be employer-led and demand-driven. The conference will include a major announcement by Carol D’Amico, Executive Vice President for National Engagement and Philanthropy, USA Funds; a keynote address by The Honorable Doug Ducey, Governor, State of Arizona; and panel discussions on “The State of State Engagement” and “Priorities and Challenges to Building Capacity.”

·       On Wednesday at 9:10 a.m. PDT, Education Secretary John King, Jr. participates in a roundtable discussion on the Obama Administration’s efforts to protect student borrowers in San Francisco, CA.


·       On Thursday at 2:00 p.m., the Congressional Budget Office releases its updated baseline projections of federal revenues, spending, and budget deficits. The projections will reflect updated analyses and new information obtained since The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2016 to 2026 that was issued in January.


·       On Thursday at 3:00 p.m., the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) hosts a webinar to review the key provisions of changes to MSRB Rule G-20 to extend restrictions regarding gift giving and the related recordkeeping requirements, currently applicable to brokers, dealers, and municipal securities dealers, to municipal advisors. The amendments include a new provision to expressly prohibit the seeking or obtaining of reimbursement by a dealer or municipal advisor of certain entertainment expenses from the proceeds of an offering of municipal securities.


·       On Thursday at 3:45 p.m., Education Secretary John King, Jr. delivers closing remarks at Championing Completion: Improving College Outcomes for Pell Students, an event hosted by the Department of Education to recognize colleges and universities that have achieved strong results or made significant strides in increasing college success for low-income students.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Greetings from MASFAA!

Greetings, SASFAA, from Mississippi!

Spring is finally upon us.  The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and 2016-2017 award letters are going out.  It’s a fun time of the year to be in Financial Aid!

We have had a great 2015-2016 year in Mississippi.  The Executive Board has been hard at work.  In an attempt to increase membership, the board made an effort to visit every school in Mississippi.  We all had a great time visiting schools and meeting, potential, new members, as well as the seasoned members.  The visits were well received, as well as the cookies and candy!

We purchased the NASFAA Credentials for the second year in a row and to date, Mississippi holds 247 NASFAA Credentials!  We have two additional opportunities for more credentials to be earned before the end of June.  This has been great to allow for more training and networking opportunities. 

In November, we held Financial Aid 101. Twenty-four new financial aid administrators across the state gathered to learn, meet, and have some fun.  We had a great group of individuals, and it makes me excited about the future of our organization!   

We are in the planning stages of our annual conference which will take place in June in Philadelphia, Mississippi.  The Conference Committee is working tirelessly to make sure we have a great conference.  Our theme this year is “MASFAA-The Ties that Bind Us” and there are several key phrases that come to mind when thinking of what binds us together-student, mentor, network, education, achievement, and access.  Even though we all have different systems, different processes, and different types of students, we all have one common goal.  The charity we are supporting is Pages of Love.  The charity, started by Hannah Roberts, Miss Mississippi 2015, and 1st alternate to Miss America, this organization provides books to children’s hospitals and doctors’ offices in an effort to offer the individual a distraction from their illness.

In closing, I hope that you will mark your calendar for the 2017 SASFAA Annual Conference, “Building a Legacy… One Student at a Time,” to be held in Biloxi, Mississippi.  We are excited to welcome SASFAA back to Mississippi.  And we look forward to you all enjoying the beautiful, relaxing scenery on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Nicole Patrick

President, Mississippi Association of Student Financial Administrators

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

"Thank You" from Fisher House

Another thank you note received from the 2016 Conference Charity, Fisher House

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Thank yous from the Fisher Houses

If you recall, our conference charity for 2016 was The Fisher House--an organization that provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.

In appreciation for our donations to them, we received the below letters.

Thank you, SASFAA, for your generous donations. As always, we have come together for a great cause, and we helped many, many of our fellow Americans.