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  • 06 Apr 2017 12:57 PM | Anonymous

     

    TASFAA Governmental Relations

    The following information was sent to SASFAA for the April State Legislative Update.  It is being shared with the TASFAA members.

     

    On March 6, some members of the TASFAA Board of Directors attended the higher education budget hearings held by the Tennessee House of Representatives’ Finance, Ways and Means Committee.  Testimony was provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the University of Tennessee System, the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation supporting their budget requests for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year.

    Thirty-four legislative bills have been offered impacting various higher education related programs between the House of Representatives and the State Senate.  TASFAA has begun to review the bills to determine if follow-up should be made related to the impact on postsecondary institutions and students.  (These bills were sent to TASFAA members via email on March 31)

    On March 29, TASFAA members Marian Dill, Ron Gambill and Dick Smelser participated in the SASFAA Hill Day visits in Washington D.C.  They met with four Congressional members or staff and attended meetings with the Senate HELP Committee staff and staff of the House Education and Workforce Committee.  A reauthorization white paper was discussed during the meetings.  The trip was very successful.

    Ron Gambill

    TASFAA Governmental Relations Chair

  • 20 Mar 2017 8:46 AM | Anonymous

     

    Advocating on the Hill. What does that look like for TASFAA? Our organization has had the opportunity to participate in visits to the US Capital twice a year. Well, what about the State of Tennessee? We have a Hill!  One of the TASFAA goals this year was to take your sector reps along with other board members and visit the Tennessee Senate and/or House Education Committee while they were in session. The motive was to show the committee our interest as an association and meet with our legislators to thank them for their efforts in funding state financial aid programs.  

     

      

    Tennessee is fortunate to have a governor who knows education is key to the livelihood of individuals and the overall health of our state. On Monday March 6 a small group of TASFAA board members visited a House Finance Budget Hearing. THEC\TSAC along with UT president Dr. DiPietro and TBR chancellor Dr. Tydings submitted comprehensive reports regarding the 2017-18 budget proposal.  The hearing was informative and proved that Tennessee public higher education opportunities remain strong with attention on the future. 

     

     

    Speaking of future – have you registered for the TASFAA 2017 annual conference?  There will be opportunities to network with colleagues, discuss relevant issues in open forum sessions, learn and reinforce knowledge regarding federal and state regulations and processes.  You won’t want to miss our opening keynote speaker Sunday night. Mr. Bowman will ignite you with positive confirmation that what you do every day is key to making our world a better place. We will have guest speakers from the NCAA, FBI, US Department of Education, and leaders from within TASFAA providing professional and timely information.  Don’t miss this opportunity!

     

     

  • 23 Jan 2017 10:10 AM | Anonymous

     

    Vendor/ Sponsor Article

    Lester McKenzie, Chair

    Are you the solution?

    Preparations are being made to the 2017 TASFAA Conference under the leadership of Mr. Charles Harper, conference chair, and Ms. Karen Hauser, President. Last year we welcomed over 262 attendees to the conference.

    Let me share with you what is on the mind of Financial Aid Administrators (at least this one and quite a few I have spoken to):

    1)      Verification and C399s – does your company have a solution?

    2)      Scholarship Applications – does your company have a solution?

    3)      Financial Literacy – does your company have a solution?

    4)      Direct Loan Reconciliation – does your company have a solution?

    5)      Alternative Loan Processing – does your company have a solution?

    6)      Call Center Assistance – does your company have a solution?

    If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you should sign up now to participate as a vendor at the 2017 Annual TASFAA Conference. We have updated our vendor/sponsor and patron levels to include some options to make our conference a need-to-attend conference.

    What is new? All items marked with an * are new!

    Grand Patron Level ($5500 and above)
    • Priority Exhibit Booth
    • Conference Recognition in Program
    • Web Banner Ad *
    • Web-based ad on Conference Sponsorship Page *
    • Conference Recognition at Opening Session *
    • 2 Non Advertisement’s in President’s Blog *
    • Access to Conference Attendee List PRIOR to Conference *
    • Flyer Insert in Conference Packet *
    • Sponsor Workshop at Conference *

    Patron Level ($4000 to $5499)

    • Exhibit Booth
    • Conference Recognition in Program
    • Web Banner Ad *
    • Web-based ad on Conference Sponsorship Page *
    • Conference Recognition at Opening Session *
    • 1 Non Advertisement’s in President’s Blog *
    • Access to Conference Attendee List PRIOR to Conference *
    • Flyer Insert in Conference Packet *
    • Sponsor Workshop at Conference *

    Sponsor Level ($3000 to $3999)

    • Exhibit Booth
    • Conference Recognition in Program
    • Web-based ad on Conference Sponsorship Page *
    • Conference Recognition at Opening Session *
    • Access to Conference Attendee List AFTER Conference *
    • Sponsor Workshop at Conference *

    Vendor Level ($2000 to $2999)

    • Exhibit Booth
    • Conference Recognition in Program
    • Web-based ad on Conference Sponsorship Page *
    • Conference Recognition at Opening Session *

    Can you provide a solution? If so, please plan on attending our annual TASFAA Conference, Sunday, April 23 through Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, TN. If you would like to be a vendor, please contact me soon!

    Lester McKenzie (lmckenzie@tntech.edu)

                                            Fax 931-372-6309

                              Phone 931-372-3070

  • 06 Jan 2017 12:44 PM | Anonymous

    Happy New Year TASFAA!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Now it is back to registration, bills due, freshman packaging for 17/18, 399 resolutions, and keeping the aid train on the tracks!

    Here are a few goals your TASFAA board has been working on over the past few months:

    • Policy and Procedures review and recommendations for revisions.
    • The Awards committee is reviewing TASFAA members service award increments.
    • Annual conference planning is underway.
    • New face lift for the TASFAA website home page.
    • New Volunteer page/form is being worked on.
    • TASFAA’s first Tennessee State Hill visit is being planned for February.
    Your sector representative is your liaison to the TASFAA board. They are available to accept recommendations and suggestions! The TASFAA website has their name and contact information.

    What’s ahead? 

    • TN FAFSA Frenzy Day is January 12th. Remember, TN deadlines are 1/17/17 so this is a last push!
    • TASFAA Elections for the 2017-2018 year will be opening the end of January.
    • NASFAA credential deadline, for those who attended the TASFAA Fall Training, is January 30, 2017.
    • SASFAA – forget the cold and head to Biloxi, MS!  Register now for the February 12-15, 2017 conference.
    • TASFAA annual conference is April 23 – 26, 2017 at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. Mark your calendar and watch for registration to open.

    Stay warm out there!  Hope to see you at either the SASFAA or TASFAA conference (or both!) Remember – what you do matters!

    Karen Hauser
    TASFAA President 2016-17 

     

     

     

  • 14 Nov 2016 9:24 AM | Anonymous

    This is a SHORT membership survey and your TASFAA Board would like to hear from you by November 18th.    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TASFAAMbrSurvey


  • 14 Nov 2016 9:24 AM | Anonymous

    We would like to hear what sessions and topics you are interested in. Please respond by November 30th and provide session topics that would interest you and your school. Let us know if you are aware of someone who is an expert on the topic and might be willing to present at the conference. You can send your suggestions to Charles Harper mailto:charles.harper@belmont.edu, 2016-17 TASFAA Conference Committee Chair.


  • 14 Nov 2016 9:23 AM | Anonymous

    The TASFAA Nominations Committee is soliciting names of individuals who may be interested in serving in one of several elected TASFAA positions.  If you would like to nominate someone for a particular office or wish to be considered yourself, please notify Richard Smelser, mailto:rwsmelser@pstcc.edu by December 9th


  • 14 Nov 2016 9:23 AM | Anonymous

    For those who attended the NASFAA credentialing sessions held in East, Middle and West Tennessee October 19-21, you are eligible to take the NASFAA Credentialing Test for Application Process for FREE!!  The FREE test is available for three months and expires January 30, 2017.  It is important that you follow the instructions sent to you via email from Tiffany Summers, mailto:tiffany.summers@lipscomb.edu TASFAA Training Chair 2016-17.


  • 13 Oct 2016 9:13 AM | Anonymous

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  • 12 Oct 2016 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    State Programs Update

     

    The Tennessee Promise application opened on August 1st and application totals are ahead of the pace from the first two years of the program.  The application is available through the TSAC Student Portal and will close on November 1st. 

     

    Rule changes for the Tennessee Promise and Ned McWherter Scholars programs were approved by the TSAC Board on September 27th.  Significant changes to the Tennessee Promise rule included removing the August 1 verification deadline, removing the requirement that transfer students do not have to complete their degree prior to reaching a terminating event, and eliminating the renewal application. 

     

    For the Ned McWherter Scholars, the rules were amended to require enrollment within 16 months and a regain provision was added.  These changes mirror the HOPE Scholarship.  The retention of the award was simplified and a work requirement was removed from the institutional match.   

     

    For 2015-16, TN Promise had 16,300 students at a cost of $15.2M.  About 54% of the students received an award from the program.  Lottery-funded programs, including TN Promise and TCAT Reconnect, totaled $324M with 120,000 recipients. 

     

    TSAA had a record year with $80.1M paid to almost 45,000 recipients.  For the current year, TSAC expects to spend just over $91M.  The TSAC Board approved an over commitment ratio of 153% for the 2017-18 academic year.  This means almost 50,000 students could receive TSAA.  TSAC is truly appreciative for the commitment this administration has shown to the program. 

     

    The Community College Reconnect Grant (CCRG) began this fall and $1.5M has been disbursed to the community colleges.  The CCRG provides a last dollar scholarship to independent students who have earned 30 hours or more towards their associate degree.  The program is a pilot project and will be re-evaluated after funds have been expended. 

     

    The new legislative session will start in January.  We have received only one proposed piece of legislation of note thus far.  It establishes a new program for high school juniors enrolled in middle college programs. 

     

     

    Tim Phelps


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