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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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Fresh Start Initiative Cheat Sheet!

What is the Fresh Start Initiative? ED released a Dear Colleague Letter with details of its Fresh Start Initiative which restores Title IV Aid eligibility to students who defaulted on […]

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We Are All Artists!

By Gaeble Jones – When I was little, I remember gathering my Crayola glitter crayons and taking them to the window so I could see them sparkle in the sunlight. I would carefully choose each color. Peanut butter mini bagels and orange tang fueled my overactive imagination. There was a sun in every top corner of my drawings, and it was never dark, or nighttime, in the places that I created on paper.

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Client Shout Out! Hair Expressions

As part of our Client Appreciation Series, we wanted to give a warm shout out to a long time client of ours, Hair Expressions! They’ve with us throughout the years, […]

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CONSTITUTION DAY IS (almost) HERE!

DID YOU KNOW – You may be required to implement a “Constitution Day” program? If Constitution Day falls on a Saturday, like it has in the past, the U.S. Department of Education recommends that educational institutions should observe the following week instead. Listed on the Department of Education’s website are many additional resources you can find about Constitution Day. There are also free lesson plans, online activities, and ideas for how your institution can participate!

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Title IV Aid Eligibility for Students with Defaulted Loans

Yesterday, ED released a Dear Colleague Letter with details of its Fresh Start Initiative which restores Title IV Aid eligibility to students who defaulted on federal loans prior to the start of the pandemic (March 13, 2020). You can find an overview of the program here.

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