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For financial aid administrators, verifying tax data can be a tedious process. Modifications to the 2018-2019 FAFSA should be a welcome change.   IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) First and probably the most important, is the return of the IRS Data Retrieval …

 December 11, 2017    ., California, Consultant, Consultant Spotlight, FL, MA, NY, News About HEAG, PA  

HEAG is pleased to announce the following additions to our consultant staff… Barbara Winchell has worked in higher education for 17 years with 16 of those years specifically in financial aid. Prior to arriving at HEAG in November of 2017, she was the System Di …

The GOP is once again proposing a major change to the way one of the most popular federal grant programs is run.  House representatives Francis Rooney from Florida and Ralph Norman of South Carolina, introduced House Bill H.R. 4414 on November 15th, which woul …

HEAG’s Fall Newsletter is now online. It includes articles for financial aid professionals on: HEAG’s Consultants Share What They’re Thankful for HEAG ~ Growing to Serve You TechTalk: 2018-2019 FAFSA Changes: IRS Tax Data and Securing Personal Information Fede …

 November 10, 2017    MA  

I’m looking forward to seeing Massachusetts financial aid professionals at the MASFAA Conference next week. It has been an honor to work on the planning committee and I’m excited to see it all come together. MASFAA Conference 2017 – Massachusetts Association o …

The state of Illinois went 736 days without a budget deal, but that ended on July 6 as lawmakers overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a spending bill and tax hike. State universities have now started the school year with the promise of state money from Springf …

The future is here for communicating with college students and the current Millennial generation is leading the way, with 98% of them now owning a smartphone.  1 in 5 Americans rely solely on data plans from their smartphone and not other internet access with …

 October 13, 2017    California, Community Colleges, FL, MA, NY, PA  

Rhode Island Offers Tuition Free Community College At the beginning of August, Rhode Island became the fourth U.S. state to offer tuition free community college to its residents. There has been a change in approach over the past few years in that tuition incen …

Year-round Pell is back for 2017-18. This is good news for Pell-eligible students who want to attend in the summer to accelerate their progress toward graduation. According to Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, “this decision is about empowering students and …

Early FAFSA This is the 2nd year of earlier FAFSA filing, with the date being pushed back to October 1 and where students and parents use prior prior year income. For instance, while filing the 18-19 FAFSA, students and parents will use their 2016 income. Upda …

Shifting Gainful Employment Regulations Regardless of your political leanings, the financial aid community may feel like they are in the middle of a game of ping pong. With shifting gainful employment regulations, proprietary for-profit colleges as well as sta …

$713 Million in Federal Financial Aid to be Paid Back? The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General has released the results of a compliance audit of Western Governors University. Citing concerns about an inadequate faculty role, the inspecto …

 September 29, 2017    California, FL, MA, NY, News About HEAG, PA  

From regional financial aid administrators’ seminars to events at your college, the fall conference season is upon us. Do you look forward to attending a conference or would you rather go to the dentist? I used to believe that either you were good at networkin …

August 7, 2017 Authors:  Craig Munier, Assistant Director, Policy Liaison and Implementation, Federal Student Aid ~ Lisa DiCarlo, Director, Student Experience Group, Federal Student Aid Subject:  Changes to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool Process for the 2018-19 F …

In the last few years, it seems data breaches have been become common place in our country. Back in 2013, giant retailer Target was hacked, affecting an estimated 70 million consumers. This caused many Americans to have their banks/credit card companies issue …

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