News to Know

News to Know

News to Know Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance April 2007 OSFA Regional Workshops Thank you to everyone that helped us make the OSFA Regional Workshops a success! If you were unable to attend the workshop in your area, feel free to contact your OSFA Outreach Representative for a copy of the training materials. OSFA on the Web Reports

To see how our reports can help you effectively manage your Cohort Default Rate, contact your Outreach Team Representative today! Default Rate by Lender Report Defaulted Borrower Demographics Report Estimated

Cohort Default Rate Report And more! Entrance/Exit Counseling DVDs OSFAs Default Prevention Team is excited to announce the release and availability of the English, Spanish, and Creole versions of our entrance and exit counseling DVDS. Our Default Prevention Representatives will be contacting you to deliver our latest default prevention tool to your institutions. To order these DVDs online, please visit the Navigating Your Financial Future website or contact your Default Prevention Representative or Outreach Representative to place direct orders.

Questions? The News to Know is a valuable tool in learning about changes that occur in OSFA and FFELP regulations, policies, and procedures. In the ever-changing world of Financial Aid, there are bound to be questions that you may need assistance in answering. We are here to help you! If you have a general FFELP question, please contact your OSFA Outreach Representative or e-mail OSFA directly at [email protected] If you have a FFELP policy question, you may e-mail Reitha Scott directly at [email protected] 2007-2008 Florida Student Assistance Grant

Expected Financial Contribution (EFC) Cutoffs Public 4110 Private 6080 Postsecondary 5542 The public EFC cutoff has increased to align with the new Federal Pell Grant maximum EFC. The other EFCs have increased by the same EFC amount (260). For more

information, please refer to OSFA-State Memorandum #0607:14. 2007-2008 Master Eligibility List (MEL) The Master Eligibility List (MEL) serves as the official authorization from OSFA to institutions to disburse funds to eligible students per specified programs. The 2007-2008 Bright Futures Only MEL became available February 1, and the 2007-2008 All Programs MEL will be available July 1. OSFA currently provides three mechanisms to access either MEL. State Student Financial Aid Database (SSFAD) OSFA File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Server (NEW!) Northwest Regional Database Center (NWRDC) For more information on the MEL and how to sign up

for the NEW FTP process, contact your Outreach Representative or the State Programs Unit directly at 1-888-827-2004. State Programs Calendar April 2007 Term 3 Disbursement Eligibility Reports (DERs) due 30 days after the Postsecondary Institutions (PSIs) last day of drop/add April 1 FSAG uncommitted funds due to OSFA from the PSI for reallocation Application deadlines for next years Jos Mart Scholarship Challenge Grant, the Rosewood Family Scholarship Fund, and the Scholarship for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans April 15 FSAG reallocation of uncommitted funds to participating PSIs reporting Otherwise Eligible (OE)

Application deadline for next years Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program Need more info? Visit our website! Mapping Your Future (MYF) Schools interested in using Mapping Your Future's Online Student Loan Counseling have a new resource on the MYF website to learn more about the service. The new page is linked from step one of the financial aid professionals page. Schools can learn about the regulatory requirements, how to test the counseling sessions from the students perspective, the available counseling types, the steps student loan borrowers take to complete counseling, notification options and record retrieval, and customization options. If you are interested in learning more about Mapping Your Futures FREE products and

services, visit the Mapping Your Future website or contact your OSFA Outreach Representative. Mapping Your Future (MYF) Chat Events General financial aid, student loan, and money management April 10 July 17 All chats are held from 7-8 PM, EST For more information, check out the MYF website. NCHELP The National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs, more commonly known as NCHELP, represents a nationwide network of guaranty agencies, secondary markets, lenders, loan

servicers, collection agencies, schools, and other organizations involved in the administration of the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). NCHELP members promote student access and choice for postsecondary education and training. Our Bureau Chief, Janie Westberry, is currently serving on the NCHELP Board of Directors as Treasurer. In addition, several OSFA staff are members of various NCHELP committees. As your state guaranty agency, we are proud to be part of this nationwide network! NCHELP Update As attention continues to focus on higher education, NCHELP has provided some context to link recent events. Proposed preferred lender lists and inducement rules offered by the U.S. Department of Education might lead to a view that higher

education finance is "broken" and that "fixes" are being proposed for situations that might occur sometime in the future. For more information, please review the NCHELP Daily Briefing dated March 22, 2007. As more information becomes available, we will keep you updated. Negotiated Rulemaking The third round of Negotiated Rulemaking (NegReg) on loan issues concluded during the week ending March 16, 2007, without reaching consensus. The Department has decided to extend negotiations for a fourth session, tentatively scheduled for April 18-20. To learn more about NegReg, visit the following websites: General Information

Proposed Regulatory Language Negotiating Team NASFAA Talking Points NASFAA has begun reaching out to the national press, policymakers, and others to help correct false and exaggerated impressions of our profession by condemning any unethical behavior between lenders and schools, placing those few instances of unethical behavior in proper perspective, and promoting the ethical standards to which virtually all aid administrators adhere. NASFAA has also prepared some quick talking points on this subject to help you conduct a better interview should your local media contact you directly to provide a local angle on the story. If you need further help or support, please contact Mindy Kaplan Eline, NASFAAs Director of Marketing.

FAFSA4caster Federal Student Aid (FSA) is pleased to announce our newest tool to help students and their families plan for college. The FAFSA4caster provides students with an early estimate of their eligibility for federal student financial assistance. Effective April 1, 2007, students considering furthering their education beyond high school can use this FREE tool to: Calculate their eligibility for federal financial aid, including grants Reduce the time it will take to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the qualifying form for all federal financial aid Need more info? Visit the FSA website! Information for Financial Aid

Professionals (IFAP) Library The IFAP online library contains technical publications, regulations, and policy guidance on the administration of the Federal Student Aid programs. Visit the IFAP website today! Federal Student Aid Training Announcements ANN-07-04 ANN-07-04 announces a series of one-day workshops covering implementation of the Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) and the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART). The workshop scheduled in Florida is scheduled as a FASFAA pre-conference

activity on Tuesday, May 22, 2007, at the Embassy Suites Downtown Tampa Hotel. While this training is free of charge, you must register to attend through the ED Training Website. Please note: This is a separate registration process from the FASFAA Conference registration. Dear Colleague Letter FP-07-03 FP-07-03 announces approval of the revised Federal Consolidation Loan Application and Promissory Note and related documents for use in the Federal Family Education Loan Program. Dear Colleague Letter

FP-07-04 FP-07-04 reminds program participants of the statutory and regulatory provisions that student and parent borrowers may choose an FFEL Program lender. To view all Dear Partner (Colleague) letters published in the last thirty days, click here. Dates to Remember FASFAA Region II Workshop April 13, 2007 FASFAA Region I Workshop April 17, 2007 FASFAA New Aid Officers Workshop April 18-20, 2007 FASFAA Region V Workshop

April 25, 2007 FASFAA Spring Conference May 23-25, 2007 NASFAA Conference July 8-11, 2007 Need more info? Visit the FASFAA Mission Statement The Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) serves as a guarantor for the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP), and the administrator of Floridas scholarship and grant programs. The OSFA Mission is to facilitate higher education access and services by providing exemplary customer attention, comprehensive

financial aid information, and convenient and efficient products. Philosophy As a public agency, OSFA has the ability to offer its partners and customers something few guarantors can: the ability to shape OSFA programs and services based on their specific concerns. Earnings generated from OSFAs loan programs are used to help fund scholarship and grant programs, financial aid workshops and publications, and to provide better services for our participants. When schools and students choose to use the OSFA guarantee for student loans, they are actually helping countless other needy and deserving students by investing in education programs. So, if a participant has a problem or suggestion, OSFA management listens and does whatever it takes to implement a solution that meets their needs. Public dollars deserve that

kind of accountability in education finance. OSFA Team Contact Information Director of Market Development Outreach Representative Outreach Representative Outreach Representative Outreach Representative Outreach Representative Outreach Representative Name Number

Email Lori Auxier 850-212-2997 Lori.Auxier Stephanie Durdley 850-322-6219 Stephanie.Durdley Kelly Bernhardt

850-294-8299 Kelly.Bernhardt Robin Blank 850-264-6008 Robin.Blank Armando SalasAmaro 850-321-6882 [email protected]

Gerri McCormick 850-322-6498 [email protected] Abraham Otero 850-980-5518 [email protected] NYFF Team Contact Information Manager, Default Prevention Services Default Prevention Representative, North

Default Prevention Representative, West Default Prevention Representative, East Default Prevention Representative, South Name Number Email Jacqueline Hill 850-212-1108 Jacqueline.Hill

Geoffrey Wynn 904-294-6896 Gwynn Margaret Joffe 727-458-9718 Mjoffe Eddie Serrano 407-334-9942

Eserrano TBA TBA Please contact one of the other Reps for assistance. And Finally.. Confidence in the institutions ability to determine our integrity, character, and truthfulness is of the utmost importance to OSFA. The Office of Student Financial Assistance wants to know and deliver what you seek in a partner. You have the right to choose. Together, we have the power to make

a difference. Trust the Office of Student Financial Assistance to help you help your students. They are our future. News to Know Archives The News to Know is now available on the Policy, Regulations, and Guida nce page of our website. Previous editions may be viewed on our Archives Page.

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