UNDERSTANDING REAUTHORIZATION OF THE
HIGHER EDUCATION ACT: A PRIMER ON PROCESS AND POLICY
Tue, April 17, 2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
By law, the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965 was supposed to be renewed every five years, but the last time reauthorization was approved was in 2008. Since then, the HEA has been under extension. No one thought that Congress would make reauthorization of the HEA a legislative priority, but late last year the House education committee introduced the Prosper Act (H.R. 4508), a bill to do just that. The Prosper Act calls for some dramatic changes to the federal student aid laws which will impact students and colleges. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate’s education committee, has been holding hearings as it prepares for reauthorization too. As Congress begins serious consideration of reauthorization of the HEA this timely webinar will provide an overview of the reauthorization process with a discussion about the Prosper Act and other bills being proposed.
ALYSSA DOBSON, DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS, SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY
Alyssa Dobson is the Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at Slippery Rock University. Slippery Rock is a part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; a medium sized institution serving about 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students. She has worked in the field of higher education, financial aid specifically, for 14 years. During this time, she has worked in the private and public sectors as well as career schools. She has experience advocating on Capitol Hill as well as with the negotiated rulemaking process. Alyssa is also currently the Vice President and the Chair of the Government Relations Committee for PASFAA (Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators). She is also active within the Western Pennsylvania College Success Roundtable where she and her colleagues work toward smoothing the transition between high school and college for this region’s most vulnerable populations.
BETSY MAYOTTE, PRESIDENT, THE INSTITUTE OF STUDENT LOAN ADVISORS (TISLA)
Betsy is the President and Founder of The Institute of Student Loan Advisors (TISLA). She has been working in the student loan industry doing compliance and advocacy work for over 20 years and has helped thousands of borrowers with their student loans. Most recently, she has spent the last 18 years working for American Student Assistance®, a Boston-based nonprofit organization with 60 years’ experience helping people make better decisions about financing their education and repaying student loans.
Betsy has served as a primary negotiator for several federal Title IV negotiated rulemaking sessions on topics such as the use of student loans at foreign schools, loan rehabilitation and borrower defense to repayment. In addition, Mayotte frequently conducts regulatory trainings for the higher education financing industry both in the United States and as far away as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She is regularly quoted in the media on student loan issues and was a frequent contributor to U.S. News and World Report’s The Student Loan Ranger blog Betsy was born and raised in Lowell, MA and currently lives in Plymouth, MA.
PETER TEREBESI, PRESIDENT & CEO, HIGHER ED EXECUTIVES
Peter Terebesi is a compliance expert in Title IV Federal Student Aid and Accreditation. He has been serving post-secondary institutions for nearly two decades and has helped hundreds of schools, colleges, and universities across the nation, meet the demands of today’s complex regulatory challenges.
Prior to founding Higher Ed Executives, he served as Vice President of Operations for one oldest financial aid process-outsourcing companies in the nation and has held key financial aid and compliance leadership positions with several well-known, mid-sized school groups throughout the Northeast.
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