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

Posted By Stefanie Gramm, CMP, 14 hours ago

 

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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Episode 7: House Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act and Its Impact on Higher Education

Posted By Pamela Shepherd, Friday, May 3, 2019
Updated: Thursday, May 2, 2019

 

EPISODE 7: House Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act and Its Impact on Higher Education

May 3, 2019 – In this week’s podcast, James provides overview of the bill, funding levels for the Department of Education, how the bill is a high-water point and the Senate is likely to come in lower while Shelly hits on financial assistance provisions. Vicki covers the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program provisions in the bill and highlights the income share agreement pilot that is expected to be announced shortly by the Department. Meanwhile, Pam goes over the five recent individual town hall meetings featuring five Democratic presidential candidates. Stef then 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

Need-to-Read Headlines

CNN Individual Town Hall Meetings

Trivia Question

  • In 1985, which college was the first higher education institution in the country to require all students to have laptops?
  • Email your answer 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
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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