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December 9, 2014

2014 FSA Training Conference | Atlanta, GA

Anne Del Plato, Ron Hancock, Jim Harris, Dawn Knight, and Lou Murray

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Upcoming Money Mondays

December 5, 2014

Nelnet is committed to providing the resources you need to help your students develop healthy financial habits during and after college. One resource is our Money Mondays webinar series for students, which covers basic financial literacy topics such as budgeting, credit, loans, and more. These occur on Mondays at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (ET).

Invite your students to click on a link below and register; we will take it from there!

Saving and Investing Basics

This session provides students with general knowledge about setting financial goals, saving and investing, and how interest can help them reach their financial goals.

Date: Monday, January 5, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Monday, January 5, 2015
Time: 4:30 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Time: 4:30 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Student Loan Repayment Tips

This Money Monday session helps students create a plan for financial survival, develop a better understanding of their loans, and learn about their repayment plan options.

Date: Monday, February 2, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Monday, February 2, 2015
Time: 4:30 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Monday, February 9, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Monday, February 9, 2015
Time: 4:30 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Upcoming SNAP! Trainings

December 5, 2014

4553_SNAP_Training_EM_Sig_v2_1117To help your school succeed, we offer a live SNAP! Training series for financial aid professionals every Tuesday and Wednesday. Simple, New, Accessible, and Practical, these webinars will include tutorials, guides, worksheets, and of course, the latest financial aid updates from our expert trainers.

Click on the links below to register for upcoming SNAP! Trainings.

Are You an Effective Leader?

This session will give you a better understanding of different leadership paths and opportunities to grow your effective leadership skills.

Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Financial Planning for the Rising Scholar

Learn how to target your efforts and incentives and how to communicate with a purpose to better educate students on managing loan debt and personal finances.

Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Leadership Learning Moments

Learn how to respond as a leader when you’ve made a mistake and how the quality of the recovery from the mistake is affected by that response.

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Building Successful Students: An Overview 

This session focuses on default prevention, honing in on the context of student lending, how borrowers view repayment, and the relevance of your student data when considering how to build a successful student.

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Happy Holidays! Cookie Recipes from Our Homes to Yours

December 4, 2014

In the spirit of the season, we would like to share some of our team’s favorite holiday cookie recipes. We hope you will enjoy these delicious treats as much as we do. Happy holidays from Nelnet!

 

hermitDawn Knight: Hermit Bars

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups brown sugar – packed
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) – softened
  • ⅔ cup dark molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups raisins

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour one standard jelly roll pan (cookie sheet) and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg, salt and cloves.
  4. With mixer on medium, beat together brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add in molasses then egg and mix until combined.
  5. Reduce speed to low and slowly add in the dry ingredients until just combined.
  6. Use a spoon to stir in raisins.
  7. Scrape edges of bowl with a plastic spatula.
  8. Flour hands then carefully press dough into even layer on the floured cookie sheet.
  9. Bake 17-19 minutes depending on oven. Remove when toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Let cool completely before slicing into bars.

Notes:

These cookies age well and can handle a little air exposure. They are very moist and last several. Slicing Tip: A pizza slicer is a great way to ensure even slicing.

Dawn Knight, National Manager, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Dawn Knight, Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

 

Photo credit: food.com

Photo credit: food.com

Kristin Tobias: Green Cornflake Wreaths

Ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons green coloring
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 5 cups corn flakes
  • 32 large marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons Red Hot candies

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows, and cook until melted, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in the food coloring, vanilla, and cornflakes.
  2. Quickly drop large spoonfuls of the mixture onto waxed paper, and form into a wreath shape with lightly greased fingers.
  3. Immediately decorate with red hot candies. Allow to cool to room temperature before removing from waxed paper, and storing in an airtight container.
Kristin Tobias, Communications Coordinator, Nelnet

Kristin Tobias, Communications Coordinator, Nelnet

 

Photo and recipe credit: foodnetwork.com

Photo and recipe credit: foodnetwork.com

Lou Murray: Mini Date-Nut Snowballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 1/2 ounces pitted dried dates (about 14)
  • 15 small raw almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Instructions:

  1. Spread the coconut on a plate. Put the dates, almonds, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor and process until finely chopped.
  2. Form rounded 1/2 teaspoonfuls of the mixture into balls with your fingers, then roll in the coconut, pressing to coat.

 

Lou Murray, Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Lou Murray, Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

 

Photo credit: bettycrocker.com

Photo credit: bettycrocker.com

Megan Freese: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Star Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • 3 dozen milk chocolate stars

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 375ºF. Stir together 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, shortening and egg. Stir in flour, baking soda and baking powder.
  2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in granulated sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Immediately press 1 chocolate star firmly in each cookie; cool on wire rack.
Megan Freese, Communications Intern

Megan Freese, Communications Intern

 

Photo and recipe credit: revengebakery.com

Photo and recipe credit: revengebakery.com

Ron Hancock: Twinkie Cookies

Ingredients:

Cookie:

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 (8 oz) block of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Cream Filling:

  • 2 teaspoon hot water
  • 1 jar Marshmallow Fluff
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all of the cookie ingredients on high with an electric mixer.
  3. Once it’s mixed well, put the dough in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  4. Grease cupcake tins with non-stick cooking spray. Fill each mold about 3/4 of the way full with dough.
  5. Bake for about 10-12 minutes.
  6. While the cookies are baking, mix together the Marshmallow Fluff, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla on medium speed with an electric mixer
  7. After it’s light and fluffy, slowly add in the hot water and mix on high for another 30 seconds.
  8. After your cookies have cooled, put your cream filling into an icing gun or a small plastic bag with the corner snipped off. Using a toothpick, or a small pointy object, pole a hole in the bottom of the cookie and move it around to create space for the cream.
  9. Pipe the filling into the hole.
  10. Refrigerate for 10 minutes and serve.
Ron Hancock, National Manager, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Ron Hancock, Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

 

Photo and recipe credit: allrecipes.com

Photo and recipe credit: allrecipes.com

Anne Del Plato: Spicy Gingerbread Men

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup margarine
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until smooth. Stir in molasses and egg yolk. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg; blend into the molasses mixture until smooth. Cover, and chill for at least one hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Frost or decorate when cool.
Anne Del Plato, Eastern Reginal Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Anne Del Plato, Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

 

Photo and recipe credit: tasteofhome.com

Photo and recipe credit: tasteofhome.com

Jim Harris: Holiday Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

Cookie:

  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Frosting:

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Green food coloring
  • Red-hot candies

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon peel and vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape into three 10-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.
  2. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, butter, milk and food coloring until smooth; transfer to a re-sealable plastic bag; drizzle over cookies in the shape of a Christmas tree. Place one red-hot at the top of each tree.
Jim Harris, Managing Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Jim Harris, Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Latest from FSA: Financial Literacy Resources and Updates

December 4, 2014

finlit presentationIf you weren’t able to attend the Federal Student Aid (FSA) Conference or maybe just missed this particular session during your stay in Atlanta, we felt this presentation provided some great insight into important aspects of financial literacy. 

Financial Literary Resources and Updates: What Student Borrowers Need to Know

College is a period of time when many critical financial decisions are made. Because these decisions can have lifelong impact, students need help making the best choice. During this session, we will share ideas on how to promote financial literacy awareness at your school and suggest new resources and ideas to support such efforts. Data from borrower surveys will illustrate what information students want to know.

http://fsaconferences.ed.gov/conferences/library/2014/2014FSAConfSession37.ppt

Ron Hancock, National Manager, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Ron Hancock, National Manager, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Total and Permanent Disability: Your Questions Answered

December 3, 2014

Thoughts from sunny California…

I had a great time representing Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) at the CASFAA conference at the beginning of November. I was pleased with the turnout and the number of great questions being asked pertaining to the TPD process. There were two questions that stuck out that I wanted to share.

  1. What does a TPD approved borrower do if they want to go back to school after their monitoring period has ended? What’s the school’s responsibility?
    • The borrower needs to provide the school with signed physician’s certification that the borrower is able to engage in sustainable, gainful activity.
    • The borrower needs to sign a statement that the new FSA loan or TEACH grant service obligation can’t later be discharged for any present impairment unless that impairment deteriorates to the point where the borrower is again totally and permanently disabled.
    • You, the school, need to keep these documents in the borrower’s file and send a copy to Nelnet, the TPD servicer.

*Please note: this does not apply if the borrower was approved for a TPD discharge as a Veteran.

  1. How do I designate a representative to receive our school’s Loan Holder Notification (LHN) Files?
    • Log in to the NSLDS Professional Access website and click on the ORG tab at the top of the page.
    • Under Organization Contact List, click on the Add New Contact button.
    • Under Organization Contact Add, click on the dropdown menu for Available Functions and select Disability Processing.
    • Enter all data elements for the TPD LHN File contact (Hint: you can use a person or a email distribution list).
    • Click on the Submit button.

Thoughts from cold Nebraska…

Wear your coat, drink hot cocoa, and know where to turn for TPD help:

disabilityinformation@nelnet.net

www.disabilitydischarge.com

www.ifap.ed.gov

 

Amy Goheen
TPD Program Manager, TPD Servicing
Nelnet | Education Planning & Financing

What’s Trending at Nelnet? Top Calls from Student Borrowers

December 3, 2014

shutterstock_141763513Each month, Nelnet’s Customer Interaction Center (CIC) receives over 280,000 calls from the federal student loan borrowers we service. In addition to handling a large volume of calls, CIC staff members work to ensure that borrowers fully understand loan repayment options and receive complete answers to their federal loan questions. Recently, Nelnet increased the size of its phone staff in an effort to continue to provide high levels of customer service to the borrowers we serve.

What questions do callers ask? Borrowers frequently request help with individual account issues, understanding repayment options and more. Below is a snapshot of top trending borrower questions for November 2014.

Two out of every ten calls to Nelnet’s Customer Interaction Center in November 2014 were on these topics:

  1. Income-Driven Repayment Plans
  • “What is IBR?” “Do I qualify for an income-based plan?”
  1. Direct Loan Consolidation
  • “What is consolidation?” “What is the benefit?” “Do I qualify?”
  • “What is the status of my consolidation?”
  1. Loan Forgiveness (Income-Driven plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness)
  • “How can I get this loan forgiven?” “Do I qualify for the ‘Obama  forgiveness’?”
  • “What if I can’t ever pay this back?”
  • “What programs are out there to help with this?

Nelnet’s Customer Interaction Center provides service to borrowers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can be reached at 1.888.486.4722.

 

Anne Del Plato, Eastern Reginal Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Anne Del Plato, Eastern Reginal Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions