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On January 31, 2018, the Department of Education released the latest Pell grant charts for the upcoming award year. The charts are based on level funding. The 2018-2019 award year maximum Pell Grant award will remain at $5,920 and the corresponding maximum Pel …

The Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform Act (PROSPER Act) It could be a very big year for the higher education sector, as Congress sets to act on a complete overhaul of the Higher Education Act (HEA) and has already put …

In case you missed it, here are some of our most popular blog posts from 2017 for college and university financial aid offices. HEAG’s financial aid consultants often write on issues related to Title IV compliance, verification, file review and processing supp …

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) has been a controversial program ever since it was introduced in 2007.  Here is a summary for college financial aid offices. Is this potentially the end of the program? PSLF promises student borrowers who have made ten ye …

On December 20th, the Department of Education announced sweeping changes to the student loan discharge process known officially as “Borrower Defense to Repayment”. Here is a summary for college financial aid offices. Department of Education Reforms Student Loa …

    On December 22nd, President Trump signed into law one of the largest tax reforms in U.S. history.  A few weeks back, there were several pieces of the initial legislation that would have had impacted students as well as certain institutions, with …

A new amendment to the Higher Education Authorization Act was introduced in September with bi-partisan support from multiple Senators to help combat homelessness for college students. The amendment would help provide housing options for students in between ter …

 December 21, 2017    California, FL, Financial Aid Industry News, MA, NY, PA  

The largest division of the Department of Education may soon no longer hold that title if some of the workers there accept an employment proposition extended to them.  Some of the Office of Federal Student Aid’s (OFSA) 1300 employees have been offered buyouts, …

Have you conducted an annual review of your school’s financial aid policies and procedures manual yet this year? With the recent changes in FASFA filing dates, year-round Pell and potential changes to gainful employment and a host of other pending laws and reg …

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 …

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