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Washington Update - Listen to our very own Scott Miller as he guides us through what is happening on the Hill and what we can expect in the near future. Scott is the Director of Federal Relations at Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). He has represented PHEAA since 1998 in Washington, D.C. and is the primary liaison between the Agency and the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and other federal agencies.
150% Subsidized Loan Limitation - You say you don't "have a clue" on how to administer this new legislation - join us to gain insight into what this new legislation is and what it means to you and your borrower. We will also be discussing best practices to implement the law and how to communicate its requirements to our students.
Verification 2014-2015 - In the last 3 years, the process of verification has certainly changed. This session will look at the history of verification - where we came from and where we are today - and conclude with what is coming down the pike for the 2014-15 academic year.
Default Prevention Strategies - TBA - More information to follow at the conference registration table...
Return of Title IV Funds: The Treatment of Modules - Applying the Return of Title IV requirements to students enrolled in modular programs continues to challenge financial aid administrators. This session begins with an explanation of what is a modular program for return of Title IV funds purposes. Participants will then learn how to identify when a student has withdrawn from a modular program and how to determine the student's withdrawal date and the percentage of the payment period or period of enrollment completed. The session also includes examples illustrating the application of the return of Title IV funds provisions to students enrolled in modular programs.
Helping Your Veterans Make A Smooth Transition - We will take a look at what is required by law for our veterans, who has to be certified, what has to be certified, and how these regulations affect your campus. We will also investigate how to make your veterans feel like a welcome part of the college and the community where you are located, ensuring they make a smooth transition to college life.
LEU, UEH...LOL! - Lifetime Eligibility Used and Unusual Enrollment History are pretty new to the financial aid world. This session will review what each of these topics require by law for your college or university and will give suggestions on how to successfully incorporate them in your offices. Come prepared with your suggestions and best practices!
MHEC Update - Come and visit with new Maryland Higher Education Director of Student Financial Assistance, Mr. Pete Tyrell. He will give us updates from MHEC and the Maryland Government, funding for the future, and his ideas and vision for the future. We look forward to officially meeting Pete and hope he has settled into his new position!
Cash Management: Investigating Disbursements - This session focuses on helping participants navigate the cash management rules for disbursing Title IV funds. It begins with explanations of the basic components that underlie the Title IV disbursement requirements-the definitions of an academic year and a payment period. Continuing from this foundation, the session will review the Title IV cash management disbursement provisions, including the payment of prior year charges, late disbursements, and the treatment of credit balances.
Using New Technology to Engage Effective Communication in Your Aid Office - Incorporating new technology in your office in order to increase communication to students and staff can be a challenging venture, especially if you have little experience with things like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Come and learn how to use these mediums to help engage communication with students and staff.
Negotiated Rulemaking - Richard Heath is an experienced negotiator, having served on several "Neg Reg" teams in both primary and secondary positions. He was the primary nonfederal negotiator for NASFAA for the Program Integrity session two years ago, and is currently a primary nonfederal Negotiator representing the Association of Community College Trustee's (ACCT). Rich's interest in policy development, (federal, state and institutional) with access and persistence to completion are his primary concerns. Come and listen as he talks about how topics are decided, what the current topics are, and you can be involved.
Resources and Using NASFAA Tools - NASFAA's financial aid management tools can help you evaluate and improve your school's administration of Title IV and other student aid programs. This session will highlight user friendly tools which are available to schools that are NASFAA members. NASFAA tools offer best practices and practical ways to stay in compliance with Title IV requirements, assist you to enhance daily aid office operations, and collaborate with others on campus. Learn more about these tools and hear how to use them on your campus.
Financial Literacy - The New York Times reported on October 5, 2013, that even if "we graded on a very generous curve, many Americans flunk when it comes to financial literacy." This issue is a growing national concern. Can your students make informed judgments and take effective actions regarding the current and future use and management of their money? Attend this session to gain an understanding of financial literacy and get some creative ideas for your campus on instituting a literacy campaign.
Creating an Atmosphere of Compliance - How do you create a Title IV compliance program at your college or university? Whether you create a formal compliance program or not, we'll discuss tips to make sure that your office is compliant and ways to evaluate your methods to avoid a federal program review.
Mr. Green Did It In the Hall With The Rope...Active Shooter Training - F/Sgt. Keith Runk, a 26 year veteran of the Maryland State Police will present an overview and discussion of active shooter incidents and how to identify them. He will also lecture on how to establish institutional policy, prepare emergency kits, use of force, lock down versus evacuation, and training issues. F/Sgt. Runk will talk about the personal choices that have to be made during this type of incident, the RUN-HIDE-FIGHT model, and what to expect from first responders and what they expect from you upon their arrival. He gives an excellent presentation - you won't want to miss it!
Federal Update - Our very own Greg Martin will present the most up-to-date information coming out of the Department of Education. We ask that you hold all of your questions until the final session, where we will give you ample time to ask Greg anything you like!
Open Federal Q and A - The final session will be an open forum with Greg Martin. So, bring all of your questions from the conference and have them answered!