ED approves new teacher loan forgiveness forms
Last week, ED released Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) GEN-05-02, announcing the availability of the revised Teacher Loan Forgiveness Application and Teacher Loan Forgiveness Forbearance Form. The previous versions of the forms expired October 31, 2004; however, ED has allowed FFELP participants to use the expired forms until the revised forms became available.
ED releases updated unpaid refund discharge application
ED recently published Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) GEN-05-03/FP-05-03 announcing the approval of the Loan Discharge Application: Unpaid Refund for use in the FFELP and the Federal Direct Loan Program.
Rattled by RT4? Attend TG's free RT4 telephone conference
TG invites you to join a free telephone conference on the return of Title IV funds (RT4) entitled "RT4 Basics and Beyond" on Thursday, March 17, from 2 to 3 p.m. (CST).
TG publishes new report on state of student aid
TG has released a new edition of the State of Student Aid and Higher Education in Texas. The report contains data on college costs for the 2004-2005 academic year, the sources and types of financial aid available in the state, and the indebtedness of Texas college students, as well as information on Texas educational attainment levels and the state's rapidly changing demographics.
Trends and Issues
TG co-sponsors chat event on distance education, financial aid
How distance education affects a student's financial aid options will be the topic of an upcoming Mapping Your Future (MYF) online chat event scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, at 2 p.m. (CST) on the Mapping Your Future website, www.mapping-your-future.org.
The February 25 edition of TG's Legislative Report includes updates on a provision of the initial FY 2006-2007 Texas state appropriations bill draft developed by the Legislative Budget Board that proposes to decrease appropriations for the TEXAS Grant program and increase appropriations for the Texas B-On-Time Programs; the higher education- and student financial aid-related bills that have been pre-filed for consideration during the 79th Texas Legislative Session; and a congressional update on federal legislation affecting higher education and student financial aid, including Pell grants and the GEAR UP Program, among others. Keep up with the latest developments by reading the full report on TG Online at www.tgslc.org/lege_report/index.cfm.