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Week of March 18

  • This week, both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are in recess; both chambers will return to legislative business on Monday, March 25, 2019.

  •  Today at noon, the White House is expected to release the Trump Administration’s principals to modernize the Higher Education Act. NCHER will cover the release in today’s edition of the Daily Briefing.

  • On Tuesday and Wednesday, all day, the Federal Reserve holds a two-day meeting of its Federal Open Market Committee. The minutes for each regularly scheduled meeting of the committee, which include a description of economic and financial conditions, are made available three weeks after its policy decisions are posted in the Federal Reserve Board’s Annual Report.

  • On Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosts a panel discussion titled, “Preparing People to Reenter Society: The Role of Education Inside Prison,” which will address the promise, history, and future of correctional education and reentry programs. Participants include: Ames Grawert, Senior Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice; Nancy La Vigne, Vice President for Justice Policy, Urban Institute; Renita Seabrook, Professor, University of Baltimore; Stan Veuger, Resident Scholar, AEI; Andrea Cantora, Professor, University of Baltimore; Will Heaton, Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy, JustLeadershipUSA; Michelle Jones, former inmate and Ph.D. candidate, New York University; and Max Kenner, Founder, Bard Prison Initiative. For details and to register, visit the AEI website.

  •  On Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., NCHER holds its Monthly Membership Call, which will provide a summary of the February 4, 2019, Board of Directors meeting; a summary and updates on major items being worked on by our committees, caucuses, and working groups; and 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, and the Federal Communications Commission. Note: The call-in number has been circulated to each organization’s primary point of contact.

  •  On Tuesday at 4:00 p.m., the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student aid (FSA) hosts a free webinar titled, “What to Do After Filling Out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form.” The webinar will talk about the Student Aid Report, verification, and the financial aid process. There will also be a live Q&A chat during the presentation. For details and to register, visit the FSA website.

  • On Wednesday and Thursday, all day, the College Savings Foundation holds its 2019 Annual Conference in Jupiter, FL. The conference includes the following sessions: Overview on Higher Education Issues in Washington; The Employer Market: Real Solutions to Savings Challenges;  The Changing Employment Landscape: Growing Skills Gap and Evolving Work Force Needs; Diverse US Demographics: Outreach in an Evolving Landscape; The Affordability Equation: Trends in College Prices, Aid, Debt, and Payoff; Changing Roles and Demographics of Financial Advisors and the Households They Manage; Updates on Federal Legislative and Regulatory 529 Issues; Cyber Security: What Should We Know?; and Planning, Pilot Programs, and Partnerships: Encouraging Low- and Moderate-Income Families to Save For College. For details and to register, visit the event website

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