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(ANN-08-02) Regulatory and Legislative Update - Spring, 2008 workshop series

Publication Date: March 19, 2008

DCL ID: ANN-08-02

Award Year: 2007-2008

Subject: Regulatory and Legislative Update – Spring, 2008 workshop series

Summary: This letter announces a series of one-day workshops covering implementation of Final Rules published on October 29 and November 1, 2007 and the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) enacted Sept. 27, 2007. This letter also includes a link to Federal Student Aid's "Training for Financial Aid Professionals" web page, where you may view the workshop schedule and register for the one that best meets your needs.

Posted on 03-19-2008

We are pleased to announce Federal Student Aid's upcoming spring training series, entitled Regulatory and Legislative Update - Spring 2008. The course materials for these one-day workshops will be presented in a lecture format, with case studies and some facilitated discussion.

This workshop provides detailed information on both the Final Rules published in the fall of 2007 and the CCRAA. Areas of particular focus include preferred lender lists, prohibited inducements, changes to cash management rules, return to Title IV funds (R2T4) and the new TEACH Grant.

Who should attend the training?
The workshops are designed primarily for the financial aid professional whose primary responsibilities include the administration of the Title IV programs. Business officers, lenders and guaranty agencies may also find portions of this training helpful.

What will the workshops cover?
Each workshop consists of 4 modules focusing on various aspects of the Final Rules and the CCRAA:

Module 1—General Provisions
Module 2—FFEL/DL/Perkins Loans
Module 3—ACG and National SMART
Module 4—CCRAA

Each participant will receive a Participant Guide with information relevant to the topics being presented, as well as various resources to be used as job aids when returning to the office.

When, where and how long are the workshops?
The workshops will be offered beginning April 15 through June 17, 2008. They will be held at ED Regional Training Facilities (RTFs), at training facilities at postsecondary institutions, and at some sites associated with a state or regional conferences.

The workshops will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Do I need to bring anything to the workshop?
We suggest that that you bring a 1-inch 3-ring binder to hold the Participant Guide you will receive.

How do I register for the workshop, and how do I find directions to the workshop sites?
To view the schedule of workshops, and to register, go to
http://www.fsaregistration.ed.gov/profile/web/index.cfm?PKwebID=0x91866bd1a&varPage=hotel

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that it is important to register for these workshops, rather than traveling to a workshop site and taking a chance that space will be available on a last-minute basis for unregistered persons. A workshop may be full, in which case there would not be room for non-registered persons. And when a workshop is held in a federal regional office, security procedures will prevent non-registered persons from entering the facility.

Once registered, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. Be sure to retain this as it contains important workshop information, including how to cancel your registration if you will be unable to attend. If you will be unable to attend, please take the time to cancel so that individuals who wish to attend will be able to register. We expect a high demand for this training and want to accommodate as many as possible at each site.

The directions to each location, including the Regional Training Facilities, may be accessed by clicking on the location name in the registration system.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the workshops this spring.

Sincerely,

Claire M. Roemer
General Manager
School Services and Training Channel
Federal Student Aid

Last Modified: 03/18/2008