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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 6: A Review of State Student Loan Servicing Licensing Laws

Posted By Pamela Shepherd, Friday, April 19, 2019
Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2019

EPISODE 6: A Review of State Student Loan Servicing Licensing Laws

In this week’s podcast, James and Shelly take a deeper dive into several state servicing laws, many of which include licensing and other programmatic requirements which continue to proliferate and impact our private student loan holders, servicers, collectors, and guarantors. Vicki talks about: data integrity and what this could mean for all the various proposals to use repayment rate and where the data is likely to come from and impact as far as National Student Loan Data System reporting, discussions with the U.S. Department of Education regarding data integrity; and the pending Master Promissory Note that is out for comment and remarks from Diane Jones last week. Pam shares recent news items as well updates listeners to the newest 2020 presidential candidates. Stef then highlights NCHER’s upcoming Annual Conference and kicks off our newest segment: the trivia question.

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)

  • Need-to-Read Headlines

o    Kendra Horn still worries about her student loans. She’s not the only one (Roll Call)

o    Rep. Mark Pocan: Betsy DeVos is unfit to lead the Education Department. It's time for her to resign (NBC News)

o    What students can learn from the days before college loans (The Associated Press)

o    Legislation Looks Into College Financial Aid Letters (NPR)

o    Here’s What The 2020 Presidential Candidates Say About Your Student Loans (Forbes)

  • Trivia Question

o    Which U.S. university has had the most movies and television shows filmed on its campus? And name one of the movies or tv shows. And here’s a hint: it’s located west of the Mississippi.

o    Email your answers to info@ncher.us

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EPISODE 6: A Review of State Student Loan Servicing Licensing Laws

Posted By Pamela Shepherd, Friday, April 19, 2019

EPISODE 6: A Review of State Student Loan Servicing Licensing Laws

April 19, 2019 – In this week’s podcast, James and Shelly take a deeper dive into several state servicing laws, many of which include licensing and other programmatic requirements which continue to proliferate and impact our private student loan holders, servicers, collectors, and guarantors. Vicki talks about: data integrity and what this could mean for all the various proposals to use repayment rate and where the data is likely to come from and impact as far as National Student Loan Data System reporting, discussions with the U.S. Department of Education regarding data integrity; and the pending Master Promissory Note that is out for comment and remarks from Diane Jones last week. Pam shares recent news items as well updates listeners to the newest 2020 presidential candidates. Stef then highlights NCHER’s upcoming Annual Conference and kicks off our newest segment: the trivia question.

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)

  • Need-to-Read Headlines

o    Kendra Horn still worries about her student loans. She’s not the only one (Roll Call)

o    Rep. Mark Pocan: Betsy DeVos is unfit to lead the Education Department. It's time for her to resign (NBC News)

o    What students can learn from the days before college loans (The Associated Press)

o    Legislation Looks Into College Financial Aid Letters (NPR)

o    Here’s What The 2020 Presidential Candidates Say About Your Student Loans (Forbes)

  • Trivia Question

o    Which U.S. university has had the most movies and television shows filmed on its campus? And name one of the movies or tv shows. And here’s a hint: it’s located west of the Mississippi.

o    Email your answers to info@ncher.us

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EPISODE 5: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Testifies Before House and Senate Appropriations Committees Available for Download

Posted By Pamela Shepherd, Monday, April 8, 2019
Updated: Thursday, April 4, 2019

EPISODE 5: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Testifies Before the House and Senate Appropriations Committees

April 8, 2019 – In this week’s podcast, James and Shelly review last month’s House and Senate hearings featuring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos who presented the U.S. Department of Education’s FY2020 budget request to lawmakers. Vicki talks about the recent announcement from Experian regarding loan transfers and credit reporting, while Pam updates listeners on NCHER’s newest social media campaign and highlights two dark horse 2020 presidential candidates. Stefanie reminds listeners about two upcoming NCHER meetings: the Spring Legal Meeting and the Annual Conference. If you have any feedback or have topic suggestions, please send comments to info@ncher.us.

SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS

·         Upcoming Meetings

o   NCHER’s 2019 April Legal Meeting (Alexandria, VA)

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

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EPISODE 4: President Trump’s FY 2020 Budget and What It Means for Higher Education

Posted By Pamela Shepherd, Friday, March 22, 2019
Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2019

 

EPISODE 4: President Trump’s FY 2020 Budget and What It Means for Higher Education

March 22, 2019 – In this week’s podcast, James and Shelly address President Trump’s FY 2020 budget request and analyze how it could impact higher education as lawmakers begin reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Vicki talks about the cancer deferment, explaining where we are and why, and what to expect. Pam introduces NCHER’s newest social media campaign while Vicki talks about Financial Literacy Day and the activities of members of NCHER’s Access and Success Committee. Stef then reminds listeners about two upcoming NCHER meetings: the Spring Legal Meeting and the Annual Conference. If you have any feedback or have topic suggestions, please send comments to info@ncher.us.

SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS

·         President Trump’s Budget Request for FY 2020

·         Upcoming Meetings

o   NCHER’s 2019 April Legal Meeting (Alexandria, VA)

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

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Episode 3: HEA Reauthorization: Analyzing Priorates Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray

Posted By Pamela Shepherd, Friday, March 8, 2019

EPISODE 3: HEA Reauthorization: Analyzing Priorates Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray

March 8, 2019 – NCHER Staff (James, Shelly, Steff and Pam) analyze the recent priorities to reauthorize the Higher Education Act made by Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and dissect how these proposals could impact NCHER members. We also provide an updated list of who is and who is not running for president in 2020 and remind listeners about two upcoming NCHER meetings: 2019 Spring Legal Meeting and 2019 Annual Conference.

SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS

·         Upcoming Meetings

o   NCHER’s 2019 April Legal Meeting (Alexandria, VA)

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

  • Need-to-Read Headlines
    • CBA urges greater student loan transparency (Financial Regulation News)
    • The College-Affordability Crisis Is Uniting the 2020 Democratic Candidates (The Atlantic)
    • National Survey: Americans Say Education Should Be Higher 2019 Priority for Congress Than Terrorism, Immigration, or Jobs (The 74)
    • Opinion: Politicians aren’t asking the real question of the student loan crisis  (Philadelphia Inquirer)
    • In a tight labor market, some companies offer student loan repayment help as a perk (Marketplace)
    • Who is definitely running for president in 2020? (Vox)

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Episode 2: Finally--Congress Approves FY 2019 Budget Agreement

Posted By Pamela Shepherd, Friday, February 22, 2019

EPISODE 2: Finally: Congress Approves FY 2019 Budget Agreement

February 22, 2019 – NCHER Staff (James, Shelly, and Pam) discuss the recently-completed to FY 2019 budget agreement, how higher education will implement a number of programs, review the 2018 budget agreement, and speculate what could be in President Trump’s FY 2020 budget request. We also provide listeners with a rundown of where the Democratic presidential candidates stand on student debt and college affordability and preview.

SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS

·         Upcoming Meetings

o   NCHER’s 2019 April Legal Meeting (Alexandria, VA)

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

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EPISODE 1: 116th Congress and What It Means for NCHER

Posted By Pamela Shepherd, Friday, January 25, 2019
Updated: Thursday, January 17, 2019

 

EPISODE 1: What to Watch in 2019

February 8, 2019 – NCHER Staff (James, Shelly, Stef, Pam, and Vicki) outline what's happening on Capitol Hill, in the world of higher education regulations, and court cases that impact NCHER members. We preview what items listeners should pay attention to throughout the year and provide an update with what attendees of NCHER's 2019 Legislative Conference talked about the most.

SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS

  1. Attention, college shoppers. These schools are slashing their prices (Washington Post
  2. Financial Literacy Is Becoming a Requirement in Schools (Governing Magazine
  3. Clash between student-loan companies and states could wind up in the Supreme Court (MarketWatch)
  4.  The unseen reason working-class students drop out (Politico)
  5.  Vox’s guide to the 2020 presidential candidates (Vox)

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