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FSA Training Conference 2023

Read Time: 4 Minutes – Gear up, because tomorrow, the annual Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as the FSA Training Conference, begins! The conference will once again be virtual this year, and signing up is free! This four-day conference is an integral part of financial aid, as the Department of Education hosts this event filled with regulatory news and updates to various federal systems as it applies to students and professionals.

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Pell Grant: Four Changes that will Expand Access!

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If you’ve been keeping up with the FAFSA Simplification Act, then you might be realizing that this act is implementing A LOT of changes! Since we already covered three fascinating subjects of the Simplification Act these last few months, we want to explore a little more on how the Pell Grant will be expanding access even further (🎉hooray!).

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SAI Versus EFC: Understanding the New Student Aid Index

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Spoiler Alert! That EFC is going away! The FAFSA Simplification act is replacing EFC with what is now known as “SAI” or Student Aid Index. Today we’ll be breaking down the difference between that old EFC, and the new SAI explaining what it even is, how it’s different, and why it matters.

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Kathy Hunts’ Start in Higher Education

Reading Time: 2 Minutes — Financial Aid Services (FAS) and Genesis Software, we are known for our industry expertise with decades worth of experience. But how did our experts first begin their journey in the world of Higher Education and Financial Aid? This month, meet Kathy Hunt, our Managing Director and multi-subject expert. Learn more about her voyage to FAS below!

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Joslyn Darling’s Start in Higher Education

Financial Aid Services (FAS) and Genesis Software, we are known for our industry expertise with decades worth of experience. But how did our experts first begin their journey in the world of Higher Education and Financial Aid? This month we are hearing from Joslyn Darling, a senior consultant and expert in R2T4’s, HCM2’s, our school management system Genesis and more!

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Susan Barber’s Start in Higher Ed!

Financial Aid Services (FAS) and Genesis Software, we are known for our industry expertise with decades worth of experience. But how did our experts first begin their journey in the world of Higher Education and Financial Aid? This month we’re hearing from Susan Barber, a senior consultant and expert on all things Pell. Sue also recently took over managing our Reconciliation department!

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Verification 23/24 Tax Matrix Released!

This Tax Matrix can be used to assist schools when verifying tax data on a student’s ISIR (skip to definitions to learn what an ISIR is). Because the IRS Tax Return Transcript doesn’t have line or item numbers AND uses different terminology than the FAFSA, matching tax data to a student’s ISIR can become confusing quickly. That is where this matrix comes in!

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2023 Dates to Remember

We have you covered with a full year of deadlines listed out by month. We’ve included both DOE deadlines as well as FAS specific deadlines. Mark your calendar’s for the annual FAS conference in May, Verification award year deadlines, FISapp deadlines, Constitution Day and more!

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One For the Bucket List: Times Square for NYE

By: Ashley Dowling – That year, a cousin of mine moved to the United States from Holland. We hardly knew each other, and rarely spoke but for some reason she reached out and invited me to come to her Brooklyn apartment in New York to do the “Times Square” thing. So, hardly knowing this woman, I did what any reasonable person might do – buy a bus ticket. 😉

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