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Business and Policy Areas
Business and Policy Areas

ED's Federal Student Aid Training Conference Materials Now Available

January 7, 2015

The Department of Education hosted its 2014 Federal Student Aid Training Conference in Atlanta last month with nearly 6,000 registrants in attendance. For those unable to attend, PowerPoint slides and audio recordings of select sessions are now available on the FSA conference website.

The following presentations may be of interest to business officers:

  • Managing Title IV Funds: Follow the Money 
    An overview of the updated funding process in the Common Origination and Disbursement System for Direct Loans, TEACH Grants, Pell Grants, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants, and programs in the eCampus-Based system.
  • Title IV Reconciliation: Agreement, Accountability, and Action
    Make sure your school's internal records (both financial aid and business office) are consistent with FSA systems.
  • Understanding and Managing the Cohort Default Rate Challenge and Appeal Process
    Explore specific examples of special circumstances that may impact your institution's CDR. 
  • Consumer Disclosure Requirements and Tools
    Review the requirements that have generated the most attention, including the net price calculator and textbook disclosures, as well as a subset of disclosures commonly cited in program reviews.
  • Program Review Essentials & Top 10 Compliance Findings
    Review the most common audit findings, including the return of Title IV funds and the handling of credit balances. 
  • Financial Literacy Resources and Updates: What Student Borrowers Need to Know
    Learn how to promote financial literacy awareness and examine new resources and ideas to support such efforts.
  • Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection
    Understand mitigation strategies to avoid a data breach involving personally identifiable information.


Bryan Dickson
Senior Policy Analyst