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Federal Student Aid has announced that this summer, students and parents will have two ways to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form; a redesigned website and a mobile app. Read the announcement

Federal Student Aid announced per Section 466(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires a capital distribution (Distribution of Assets) of the balance of an institution’s Perkins Loan Revolving Fund (Perkins Fund). The Distribution of Assets from the Perkins Loan Revolving Fund process replaces the existing Excess Liquid Capital process as part of the wind-down of the Federal Perkins Loan Program.  Read the announcement

Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau),  announced that Brian Johnson, who currently serves as Principal Policy Director at the Bureau, to assume the responsibilities of Acting Deputy Director.  Read the announcement

For important TCPA documentation and updates we invite you to visit ACA International® and insideARM's websites:

ACA International® - TCPA Resource Center
insideARM - Topic Page TCPA Resources

Federal Student Aid has provided data providers (schools and their servicers) Perkins DataPrep Software Version 4.0 and Updated Perkins Data Provider Instructions.  Read the announcement

Federal Student Aid announced the availability of Volume 1 – Student Eligibility of the 2018-2019 Federal Student Aid Handbook. Read the announcement

Federal Student Aid communicated additional information about the total and Permanent Disability Match Process with Department of Veterans Affairs and has defined this years plan.  Read the announcement

Federal Student Aid shared updated Total and Permanent Disability Discharge Loan Holder Notification information.  Read the announcement

COHEAO shared great news regarding support from Representatives Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and John Duncan (R-TN) yesterday released a bipartisan “dear colleague” letter in support of extending the Perkins Loan Program for two years through the upcoming FY18 omnibus appropriations spending bill.s.  Click here to vist the COHEAO "Spark Notes"

National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) has been advocating alongside credit unions to push back on several of the lawsuits filed in recent months under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) over website accessibility.  Read the article 

COHEAO is pleased to offer up to four (4) $1,000 scholarships for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. Eligible applicants are students entering their sophomore year through graduate studies who are enrolled at COHEAO-member colleges and universities.  Click here to vist the COHEAO "Spark Notes"

Dear Colleague Letter:  The U.S. Department of Education has provided a letter from Secretary DeVos to Chief State School and Institution of Higher Education Officers regarding Disaster Assistance for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the 2017 California wildfires. Read the announcement

According to a new Financial Literacy Survey conducted for TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: AMTD), 76% of investors say the more educated they are about investing, the better they can manage their money.   Read the article 

Federal Student Aid has consolidated its cybersecurity compliance information and resource page.  The data has been organized into key topical areas, including:  Regulations, Tools, Documents and FY18 Audit Lanaguage.  Additionally there is information regarding:  Reporting a breach, Alerts, Contact Information, Training and Conferences, as well as Related Links.  To access the FSA Cybersecurity Compliance page

The U.S. Department of Education shared the updated 2018-2019 Federal School Code (FSC) List of Participating Schools.  Read the announcement

Federal Student Aid has announced the availability of the new National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) School Change of Affiliation (COA) for Cohort Default Rate (CDR) Report (SCHCD1). The School COA for CDR Report provides school users with contact and loan information for all borrowers who may impact the school’s cohort default rate as a result of a change of affiliation. Specifically, schools involved in mergers or acquisitions should find this report useful.  To read the announcement

National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) releases information to Federal Insured Credit Unions to help them prepare for their next NCUA examination.  NCUA's primary areas of sueprvisory focus in 2018 are:  Cybersecurity Assessment, Bank Secrecy Act Compliance, Internal Controls and Fraud Prevention, Interest Rate and Liquidity Risk, Automobile Lending, Commercial Lending, Consumer Lending and Consumer Compliance.  To view Letter No.:  17-CU-09

ACA International shares the 2017 Earnst & Young survey which demonstrates an overview of the economic importance of U.S. third-party debt collection industry, as well as individual state economies.  To access the survey

Press Release:  Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos announced that $10.4 million in additional funding will be available to assist students at more than 900 schools affected by the recent natural disasters.  Read the release

COHEAO shared that the House Education and the Workforce Committee is marking up the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act (H.R. 4508), the House Republicans plan to address the Higher Education Act.  Click here to vist the COHEAO "Spark Notes"

Effective January 29, 2018, The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) has announced the addition of Chad Helminak as the new Director of Credit Union Development and Cooperative Values Engagement.  Read the press release

Press Release:  Secretary DeVos Praises Senate Action on FAFSA Simplification.   Read the release

Press Release:  The U.S. Department of Education takes the next step in tranforming the delivery of financial aid to millions of students and their families.   Read the release

InsideARM shared that a federal judge ruled against Leandra English, former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray's pick to be the bureau's interim director. English had filed a lawsuit to stop Mick Mulvaney, President Trump's pick for the job, from assuming the role.  Read the article 

National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER) creates an infographic that share four points that will help keep borrowers safe:  1) Notice fake government seals and logos; 2) Never pay for help; 3) Keep your Federal Student Aid ID private; and 4) Fast student loan forgiveness does not exist..  To view the infographic

Dear Colleague Letter:  The U.S. Department of Education provided additional ifnormation on the wind-down of the Federal Perkins Loan Program.   This letter provided important information related to the:

(1) Expiration of the authority to make new Federal Perkins Loans

(2) Distribution of the assets of institutions' Federal Perkins Loan Revolving Fund

(3) Assignment of Perkins Loans to the U.S. Department of Education (the Department).  Read the letter

Electronic Announcement:  The U.S. Department of Education distributed the FY 2014 official cohort default rates (CDR) notification packages to all eligible domestic and foreign schools only.  Read the announcement

Electronic Announcement:  The U.S. Department of Education has provided the National Default Rate Briefings for FY 2014 Official cohort default rates. Read the announcement

Electronic Announcement:  Federal Student aid has consolidated its cybersecurity compliance information and resources.  Click here to access the link


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