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Jennifer G Sandler, Chair
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
University of Maryland - Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
Phone: (410) 455-3831
Fax: (410) 455-3322

Committee Members:
Candace M Berry - American Public University System
Keia Brown - University of Maryland - Baltimore County
Andrea L Cipolla - University of Maryland - University College
Megan Cleary - George Washington University (The)
Sharon R Conway - Washington Adventist University
Michael A Ferby - Montgomery College
Melissa Figgs - Stevenson University
Linda Gayton - Bowie State University
Susan M Genereux - Wilmington University
Yvette M Gregory - University of Maryland - Baltimore
Andrew H Harvey - Garrett College
Gloria Holt - University of Maryland - Baltimore County
Angie L Hovatter - Frostburg State University
Jessica L Long - Johns Hopkins University
Melanie S Mason - Stevenson University
Rhonda A McLaren-Scott - Montgomery College
Beth McSweeney - PNC Bank
Patrick Moore - Delaware Tech & Community College
Christopher M Pollard - George Washington University (The)
James B Roye - University of Maryland - University College
Jennifer G Sandler - University of Maryland - Baltimore County
Meredith A Schor - George Washington University (The)
Laura L Shahan - Chesapeake College
Patrice H Shoemaker - Anne Arundel Community College
Barbara N Travers - Harford Community College
Diana M Velasquez-Kolnik - Howard Community College
Dareth C Wallace - University of Maryland - University College

A Simple Primer: Understanding the Regulatory Process
Every enacted law affecting Title IV, beyond the funding process described above, also begins the regulatory process. A process designed to implement the statutory provisions. At the same time, the regulatory process, with few exceptions, allows the public (in our case, you the financial aid administrators) the ability to provide timely advice on what is the best method to carry out the terms of the law that works best, under the circumstance (it may be a bad law), for students and schools. Most every enacted law must then move to Negotiated Rule Making - the process that works out the details of how to carry out the intent of that law. NASFAA lobbies on behalf of its members along with other HE agencies, including the DOE. Again, the Financial Aid community has an obligation to share their issues and concerns surrounding the implementation of any law passed. Return of Title IV refunds is a good example!

Once rules implementing the law are set, it becomes a "Regulation", published in the Federal Register and compiled in the Code of Federal Regulations.

To be sure, the above outlines only the very basic path. The journey is never smooth and at times the idea gets lost in the forest. But only we, as members of the financial aid community have the power to bring the bill home - where financial aid can benefit those who need it the most!

Talk to us, to your State, TriState and EASFAA Federal Relations committee; talk to NASFAA. Send letters to your House and Senate members. We've made it easy for you. Just click and you've made a difference! You don't have to be a NASFAA member to go to Use the letter prepared for you or create your own. All you need is your zip code to automatically plug in the addresses of your representatives on Capitol Hill. Print or e-mail directly and you've done your part!

Whether you outline a process detail, share a student story, offer a suggestion or ask a question - contact us! Alone it is tough - Together We Can!

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