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Week of October 15, 2018

  • This week, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are in recess for the lead up to the midterm elections; both chambers will return to legislative business on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

  • Tuesday through Friday, all-day, the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) holds Its 2018 Fall Conference in Albuquerque, NM. During the week, conference attendees will hear from the New Mexico Secretary of Education, and attend sessions where they will receive a Capitol Hill Update, hear an update from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, learn about Mission Graduate Albuquerque, hear about trends and emerging aid proposals from the Education Commission of the States, discuss funding alternative credentials, and learn about district poverty and Free Application for Federal Student Aid completion from the National College Access Network.

  • On Tuesday at 12:00 p.m., the College Board hosts a lunch briefing and releases its new “Trends in College Pricing” and “Trends in Student Aid” reports. The 2018 Trends reports provide the latest information on student financial aid, tuition, and other expenses associated with attending college, and illustrates trends over time. The reports also include details about: published tuition and fee and room and board charges at public and private colleges; variation in tuition and fees across sectors, states and regions; enrollment patterns; types and distribution of student financial aid; and levels of student borrowing.

  • On Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., NCHER holds its Monthly Membership Call, which will provide a summary of the September 25, 2018 call of the Board of Directors; a summary and updates on major items being worked on by our committees, caucuses, and working groups; and a Washington Update, including recent legislative and regulatory actions by Congress, the White House, the Department of Education, the Department of Treasury, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the Federal Communications Commission. Note: The call-in number has been circulated to each organization’s primary point of contact.

  • On Wednesday, all day, the CFPB holds its annual Financial Education Exchange Conference (FinEx). The conference provides attendees with the opportunity to learn about Bureau research on financial well-being and financial skill. It will also provide the opportunity to share and discuss promising strategies based on attendees’ own work in the financial education field that can help individuals achieve their own financial goals and improve their overall financial well-being. For details and to register, visit the event website.

  • On Wednesday at 12:10 p.m., Federal Reserve Board of Governors Member Lael Brainard speaks on “Fintech and Financial Inclusion” at the Fintech, Financial Inclusion and the Potential to Transform Financial Services Conference in Boston, MA. The event is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Aspen Institute.

  • On Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) releases the minutes of its two-day meeting held on September 25-26, 2018.
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