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Legislative Update – 6/10/16

Good Morning GASFAA!

Good news out of the Senate Appropriations Committee meeting yesterday. They passed the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education FY 2017 spending bill which includes:

• Year-round Pell approved without the acceleration clause and other administrative burdens.
• Level-funding for FSEOG and Federal Work-Study
• Projecting a maximum Pell Grant award for 17-18 of $5,935
• Cuts to the $7.8 billion Pell Grant surplus by non-education programs have begun

Read more of the details and from Justin Draeger in today’s NASFAA News. If your institution is not a member please email me and I’ll be glad to send it to you.

You can also access the spending bill highlights HERE. Mark up of the Appropriations Act FY2017 continues by subcommittees next week. I’ll try to keep you posted!

Have a great day!

Christen Neher
Associate Director of Financial Aid
Savannah College of Art and Design
2015-2016 GASFAA Legislative Chair

GA Tech FAO Supports Co-Worker and MMRF


Georgia Tech’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid participated in a 5K Walk/Run on May 15, 2016 at Turner Field for their colleague, Ms. Geneva Morrison.  Geneva has worked in financial aid for over 25 years and is currently fighting against Multiple Myeloma.

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) helps accelerate the development of next generation treatments to extend patient’s lives and lead to a cure. Find out more about how you can help Ms. Morrison and others like her at https://www.themmrf.org/events/races-or-team-events/5K-run-walk/.


Submitted by GASFAA Diversity Committee and GA Tech Financial Aid.

GASFAA Legislative Update – 6/7/16

Good evening GASFAA and Happy Tuesday!

An expected Pell Grant surplus of $7.8 billion next year was reported by The Wall Street Journal on June 2nd. This has resulted in the Senate Appropriations Committee now including a provision in the appropriations bill to reinstate year-round Pell Grant. Tomorrow the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies subcommittee is scheduled to meet to markup the Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2017 before it goes before the Senate Committee on Appropriations for further markup on Thursday, June 9th.

You can access live audio of both meetings HERE.

GASFAA, SASFAA, and NASFAA continue to support and urge congress to support year-round Pell to incentivize students to reach graduation sooner. In our last 2 yearly SASFAA Capitol Hill visits this has been a hot topic along with the administration of the program. We have urged congress, and will continue to do so, to keep the program simple and to leave out the acceleration clause that caused us additional administrative burden in the previous version of the program.

In GA specific news the GA Republican Convention was held in Augusta June 2nd – 5th. Senator Johnny Isakson and Senator David Perdue were both in attendance with Senator Perdue replacing his suit jacket with a denim jacket and completing his support by donning a red Trump baseball hat. Gov. Deal did not attend the event citing a scheduling conflict.

It was wonderful seeing everyone last week. What a great conference!

Have a great day!

Christen Neher
Associate Director of Financial Aid
Savannah College of Art and Design
2015-2016 GASFAA Legislative Affairs Cahir