As things move quickly in Washington, DC, NACUBO is your constant advocate in action. NACUBO On Your Side covers important legislative and agency activity NACUBO staff are tracking, what we’re currently advocating for, and how you can take action with us.
Here are the issues we are tracking and advocating for this week.
ED Publishes Federal Student Aid Strategic Plan
The Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid published its five-year strategic plan on December 2. It outlines FSA’s efforts in the next five years to enhance customer service, expand compliance and oversight capabilities, invest in internal operations by advancing the workforce and workplace, and bolster operational efficiencies.
FSA Training Conference Sessions Available for On-Demand Viewing
The Office of Federal Student Aid held its annual training conference online November 29–December 2 and has made sessions available for on-demand viewing through March 3, 2023. The sessions can be viewed using the event platform. Those who did not register for the free conference will need to do so prior to accessing the on-demand sessions.
Higher Ed Community Asks for Delayed Implementation of New Certification System
On December 8, NACUBO joined the higher education community in a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs requesting a delay in the rollout of Enrollment Manager, a new software solution replacing VA-ONCE, which certifies student veteran enrollments at colleges and universities. VA-ONCE will be sunset on January 13, with Enrollment Manager going live by the end of January. The higher education community is concerned about the blackout period—occurring immediately after winter break and during the peak certification period—delaying housing allowance payments to veterans. Institutions also may experience a delay in receiving tuition and fee payments from the VA. The letter also asks the VA for more training opportunities for school certifying officials.
Associations Push for Passage of Veterans Legislation
NACUBO, along with several other higher education associations, recently sent a letter to leaders serving on Senate and House committees on veterans’ affairs, supporting the Student Veteran Emergency Relief Act. Among other provisions to help colleges and universities better serve their student veteran and military connected populations, the legislation would make permanent some flexibilities provided during the COVID-19 pandemic and reduce the verification burden for institutions using flat tuition and fee structures.
NACUBO On Your Side: November 15–21, 2022