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Action:  The new Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) regulations were effective as of July 1, 2015 and are applicable to the Annual Campus Safety and Security Report to be submitted to ED by October 15, 2015.

Action:  September 30, 2015, was the last date on which a new borrower could be disbursed a first disbursement of a Federal Perkins Loan.  (Effective September 30, 2015, the Perkins Loan program has expired.)  See Dear Colleague Letter GEN-15-03.

Action:  All new Federal Direct Loans first disbursed on or after October 1, 2015, must have the new loan origination fee percentages used when originating the loan.  The new percentage is 1.068 percent for Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Loans, and 4.272 percent for PLUS Direct Loans.  (Remember, also, the reduction in the IASG awards by 6.8% for awards first disbursed on or after October 1, 2015, as well as a similar 6.8% reduction for TEACH Grants first disbursed on or after October 1, 2015.)

Action:  ED’s annual Federal Student Aid Conference will be held December 1 – 4, 2015, in Las Vegas, NV at the Mandalay Bay.  See the July 1, 2015, Electronic Announcement on IFAP.

Action:  Corrections to the Fiscal Operations Report for 2014-2015 and Application to Participate for 2016-2017 (FISAP) due to the edit process, as well as any Federal Perkins Loan Cash on Hand updates are due by December 15, 2015.

Action:  All currently participating schools with GE programs must submit to ED by no later than December 31, 2015, a Transitional Certification of their GE programs’ accreditation approval and State approval.  See the June 11, 2015, Electronic Announcement for details.

Action:  All schools must have their GE disclosure information updated utilizing 2014-2015 data by January 31, 2016.  Schools must use the updated GE Disclosure Template (GEDT).  At the time of this writing it has not yet been released, but it should be available in the coming weeks.

Action:  The annual FAME Management and Financial Aid Conference, April 13-15, 2016, at the Margaritaville Beach Resort, Hollywood Beach, FL.

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