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NCHER staff host this bi-monthly podcast which provides a Washington insider’s view of what’s going on in higher education and financial aid on a federal level, as well as a variety of other topics that help NCHER member organizations fill gaps by learning about social media and traditional media, hearing conversations with guest speakers, learning about new products that can help grow your business, and much more! Under the direction of NCHER President James Bergeron, listeners can be confident they have heard what they need to know about the industry in 30 minutes or less.

 

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EPISODE 17: Updates on Advocacy Activities, Focus on Former Vice President Joe Biden’s and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) Higher Education Plans

Posted By Stefanie Gramm, CMP, Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Updated: Thursday, March 19, 2020

 

“NCHER in 30” Podcast Includes Updates on Advocacy Activities, Focus on Former Vice President Joe Biden’s and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) Higher Education Plans

In episode 17 of theNCHER in 30” podcast, the NCHER staff provides updates on several advocacy activities of importance to the membership that occurred in late February to early March. In particular, James and Shelly discuss the higher education plans put forth by Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who are vying for the Democratic nomination for President. The Vice President’s plan would cost $750 billion over the next 10 years and includes several proposals to promote community colleges, double the maximum Pell Grant, and improve the federal student loan program. Sen. Sanders’ plan would provide for free college and student loan debt forgiveness. After that discussion, Pam Shepherd interviews Melissa Neal, Executive Director of the Oklahoma College Assistance Program, who discusses what it is like to be a new leader in the higher education finance industry and Oklahoma’s efforts to promote financial literacy. If you have any feedback or have topic suggestions for future episodes, please send comments to info@ncher.us.

 

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EPISODE 16: Focus on President’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2021

Posted By Stefanie Gramm, CMP, Tuesday, February 18, 2020


New “NCHER in 30” Podcast Includes Updates on Advocacy Activities, Focus on President’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2021

In episode 16 of theNCHER in 30” podcast, the NCHER staff provides updates on several advocacy activities of importance to the membership that occurred in late January to early February. In particular, James and Shelly discuss the President’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2021, which includes $66.6 billion for the U.S. Department of Education and several proposals to reform the federal student loan program. Then, they discuss the recent Congressional Budget Office report examining cost and policy options for income-based repayment plans and the Department of Education and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new Memorandum of Understanding on the sharing of complaint information. If you have any feedback or have topic suggestions for future episodes, please send comments to info@ncher.us.

 

Tags:  Advocacy  Finance  Higher Education  NCHER  President's Budget  Student Loans 

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EPISODE 15: Updates on Advocacy Activities, Preview of the Second Session of the 116th Congress

Posted By Stefanie Gramm, CMP, Sunday, January 12, 2020

 

EPISODE 15: New “NCHER in 30” Podcast Includes Updates on Advocacy Activities, Preview of the Second Session of the 116th Congress

In Episode 15 of the “NCHER in 30” podcast, the NCHER staff provides a preview of the second session of the 116th Congress and updates on several advocacy activities of importance to the membership that occurred since the last monthly call in mid-December. In particular, James and Shelly discuss what both House and Senate members are currently working on as they return to legislative business and what to expect from Congress, the Trump Administration, and state policymakers over the next few months.  This month’s podcast is essential listening, especially for those members attending the NCHER Legislative and Leadership Conference next month. If you have any feedback or have topic suggestions for future episodes, please send comments to info@ncher.us.

 

 

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EPISODE 14: Updates on Advocacy Activities, Focus on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ Speech to the Federal Student Aid Training Conference

Posted By Stefanie Gramm, CMP, Sunday, December 8, 2019

 

EPISODE 14: Updates on Advocacy Activities, Focus on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ Speech to the Federal Student Aid Training Conference

In Episode 14 of the “NCHER in 30” podcast, the NCHER staff provides updates on several advocacy activities of importance to the membership that occurred in late November and early December. In particular, James and Shelly discuss the recent speech by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to the Federal Student Aid (FSA) Training Conference and her call for Congress to make FSA an independent agency to improve oversight and customer service. Then, Pam Shepherd interviews Christiana Thornton, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation Network Organizations, on being a new leader in the higher education finance industry. If you have any feedback or have topic suggestions for future episodes, please send comments to info@ncher.us.

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EPISODE 13: Updates on Advocacy Activities, Focus on House Education & Labor Markup on the College Affordability Act

Posted By Stefanie Gramm, CMP, Sunday, November 10, 2019
Updated: Sunday, November 10, 2019
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 EPISODE 13: Updates on Advocacy Activities, Focus on House Education and Labor Markup of the College Affordability Act

In Episode 13 of the “NCHER in 30” podcast, the NCHER staff provides updates on several advocacy activities of importance to the membership that occurred in the month of October. In particular, James and Shelly discuss the recent introduction and markup of H.R. 4674, the College Affordability Act, a comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, by the House Education and Labor Committee and its prospects for passage later this year. Then, Pam Shepherd interviews Elise Nowikowski, Principal of Evidens Group, on implementing and complying with federal laws and regulations. If you have any feedback or have topic suggestions, please send comments to info@ncher.us.

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EPISODE 12: New "NCHER in 30" October 2019

Posted By Stefanie Gramm, CMP, Wednesday, October 9, 2019

 

 

EPISODE 12: New “NCHER in 30” Podcast Includes Updates on Advocacy Activities in October

In Episode 12 of the “NCHER in 30” podcast, the NCHER staff provides updates on several advocacy activities of importance to the membership that occurred in the month of September and a preview of several upcoming events in October. James discusses House and Senate action involving the FUTURE Act and its provision to eliminate the payment of Account Maintenance Fees to guaranty agencies and provides an update on the annual appropriations process to fund the U.S. Department of Education, while Shelly previews several recent regulatory actions by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Then, Pam Shepherd interviews College Invest’s Angela Baier on the importance of College Savings Plans to college affordability. If you have any feedback or have topic suggestions please send comments to info@ncher.us.

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EPISODE 11: A Review of Major Senate Bills Impacting Student Loans

Posted By Pamela Shepherd, Friday, July 12, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 2019

EPISODE 11: A Review of Major Senate Bills Impacting Student Loans

July 12, 2019 – In this week’s podcast, James and Shelly review the major Senate bills which will have the greatest impact on student loans. New NCHER Board Chair Scott Giles then joins the conversation to discuss what goals he has for his tenure and what he would like to see in the future for NCHER and the industry. Meanwhile, Pam caps the first 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate which took place June 26-27. If you have any feedback or have topic suggestions, please send comments to info@ncher.us.

SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS

  • Need-to-Read Headlines
    • 12 years after starting college, white men have paid off 44% of their student loans, while black women owe 13% more (MarketWatch)
    • If student loans were canceled? Great, but you may still owe taxes on that debt (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
    • Student loan regrets: Don’t be a victim (Fox Business)
    • Student debt scams flourish with rise in robocalls, advocates say (NBC News)
    • Aspiring College Students Know ‘Shockingly’ Little About Financial Aid (Bloomberg)

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Episode 10: A Review of Major House Bills Impacting Student Loans

Posted By Pamela Shepherd, Friday, June 21, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, June 19, 2019

 

EPISODE 10: A Review of Major House Bills Impacting Student Loans

June 21, 2019 – In this week’s podcast, James and Shelly review the major House bills which will have the greatest impact on student loans. NCHER Board Chair Ron Gambill then joins the conversation to share his thoughts on his year as Chair and what he would like to see in the future for NCHER and the industry. Meanwhile, Pam talks about the first 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate which is scheduled for June 26-27, sharing who will be debating and when. If you have any feedback or have topic suggestions, please send comments to info@ncher.us.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS

·         Primer for the DNC’s First Debate

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Episide 9: An Insider’s Review of the 116th Congress

Posted By Pamela Shepherd, Friday, June 7, 2019
Updated: Monday, June 10, 2019

EPISODE 9: An Insider’s Review of the 116th Congress

June 7, 2019 – In this week’s podcast, recorded during NCHER’s Second Annual Conference James speaks with Vic Klatt, Principal at the Penn Hill Group, who gives listeners an insider’s review of the 116th Congress. Their discussion provides grading the 116th Congress up to this point on their successes, Congress’ interaction with the Trump Administration, the possibility of reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, other committees that impact higher education legislation, and the outlook for higher education policy at the national level over the next year. Meanwhile, Pam outlines Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s education plan and discusses President Trump’s recent comments on helping borrowers get out of student loan debt. If you have any feedback or have topic suggestions, please send comments to info@ncher.us.

SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS

Need-to-Read Headlines

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Episode 8: A Look at Recent Developments by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Posted By Pamela Shepherd, Thursday, May 16, 2019

 

EPISODE 8: A Look at Recent Developments by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

May 17, 2019 – In this week’s podcast, James provides a history of actions from the CFPB since its inception and addresses a number of changes that were put in place by previous leaders that impact in the higher education finance industry. He then addresses the most recent developments at the Bureau that have taken place under the direction of Director Kathy Kraninger. Shelly provides a review of the Bureau’s proposed rule on debt collection and gives a preview of NCHER comments. He also discusses the Bureau’s complaint database. Vicki provides an update on the Cancer Treatment Deferment and a Federal Register notice and comment dealing with military borrowers and U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense sharing data. Meanwhile, Pam notes that ‘free’ is currently the most popular word in the higher education realm while Stef highlights NCHER’s upcoming Annual Conference and announces our first trivia question winner.

If you have any feedback or have topic suggestions, please send comments to info@ncher.us.

SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS

·         Upcoming Meetings

o   NCHER’s 2019 Annual Conference (Clearwater, FL)

o    What year was NCHER founded and who was its first leader?

o    Email your answer to info@ncher.us

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