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Top Five March 2024 Announcements for Higher Education Institutions

Here is a summary of the top five March 2024 announcements that apply to higher education institutions, along with an updated guide and webinar information:

  1. FSA Electronic Announcement GENERAL-24-26, Keeping You Informed – Updates to the 2024-25 FAFSA Simplification Information Area on Knowledge Center – This announcement summarizes the different Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Simplification help pages and the information available on those pages.
  2. FSA Electronic Announcement GENERAL-24-24, Update on 2024-25 FAFSA Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) Delivery – This announcement provides an update for institutions as they continue to receive ISIRs and package financial aid offers for students.
  3. Service Release Available for EDExpress for Windows 2024–25, Release 1.0 to Resolve ISIR Import Issue – All higher education institutions should have received some ISIRs by now. If your institution has not, the issue explained in this announcement may be the cause.
  4. FSA Electronic Announcement GENERAL-24-23, Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona Letter to Presidents, Chancellors, and CEOs on 2024-25 FAFSA Processing Updates – This announcement has a link to the March 15, 2024, U.S. Department of Education (ED) letter emailed to leadership at all higher education institutions to provide FAFSA updates.
  5. Bipartisan Senators Urge ED to Delay Gainful Employment and Financial Value Transparency Reporting – This National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) article discusses a letter a bipartisan group of senators sent to ED urging it to delay institutional gainful employment (GE) and financial value transparency reporting deadlines to give institutions more time amid the rollout of the 2024-25 FAFSA. These deadlines are currently set to go into effect on July 1, 2024.

Updated Guide, Webinars, and Links to Recordings of Past Webinars

  1. 2024-25 Student Aid Index (SAI) and Pell Grant Eligibility Guide Updated March 21, 2024.
  2. FSA Electronic Announcement ANN-24-01, Live Internet Webinars – Better FAFSA Better Future Webinar Series – A new webinar has been added for April 18, 2024.
  3. FSA Electronic Announcement ANN-24-04, Navigating and Finding Resources on FAFSA Simplification – A recording of this March 22 webinar is now available.
  4. Financial Value Transparency and Gainful Employment: Reporting Your Institutional and Student Data – As a reminder, a recording is now available for this past event.

Please contact us if you have questions or would like to discuss how these announcements apply to your institution.

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