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Dec 2, 2021

Hosts Jon Fansmith, Sarah Spreitzer, and Mushtaq Gunja talk about the pressing items members of Congress need to wrap up before the end of the year, including a deal on a bill to fund the government. They then dive into a lively discussion with Justin Draeger, president and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), about student loan forgiveness and other topics important to borrowers.


Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:

Policy Direction on Federal Student Loan Servicing from ED Undersecretary Ted Mitchell

Navient, With Six Million Borrowers, Asks to Stop Servicing Federal Student Loans
The New York Times (sub. req.) | Sept. 28, 2021

Biden Quietly Deciding How to Restart Student Loan Payments
Politico | Oct. 18, 2021

Biden’s $11.5 Billion In Student Loan Forgiveness: Some Is Automatic, Some Is Not. Here’s A Breakdown.
Forbes | Nov. 2, 2021

Examining the Implementation of COVID-19 Education Funds
House Education and Labor Committee Hearing | Nov. 17, 2021

Oversight of Higher Ed COVID-19 Funds
Inside Higher Ed | Nov. 18, 2021

Off the Cuff – NASFAA Podcast


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Jon Fansmith is a director of government relations at ACE. He represents ACE and its members on matters related to the federal budget and appropriations process, with a particular focus on student aid.

Mushtaq Gunja serves as vice president and chief of staff at ACE, where he is in charge of strategic initiatives, communications, and membership.

Sarah Spreitzer is a director of government relations at ACE. She represents ACE and its members on matters related to research policy and funding, federal policy, international students, immigration, and legislative issues.