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May

Sigma Users Conference 2021 (The 2020 Conference Has Been Rescheduled for 2021)

We are pleased to announce that our biennial 2021 Sigma User’s Conference will take place July 28 – July 31, 2021 at the beautiful Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Chicago, IL.  We have secured a room rate of $169.00 per person / night and $84.50 per person / night for double occupancy.  The conference will conclude …

21
Feb

NASFAA Financial Literacy Webinar

On February 12, 2020, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) Webinar Series presented a Financial Literacy webinar for the financial aid community.  This summary is provided as an attendee to the session.  There were two presenters: Bryan Ashton, VP Community Investment & Government Affairs, Trellis Company and Advisory Managing Director of the …

19
Jan

Federal Student Aid Next Gen Payment Card Program Pilot

FSA intends to launch a FSA Payment Card (“FSA Payment Card Program”) to facilitate FSA loan refunds, along with other funds, originated by participating schools. Currently, FSA loan money is received directly by the Institutions of Higher Learning whereby schools apply those funds to student accounts for tuition and fees. The Institutions of Higher Learning …

20
Oct

Sigma’s Response to the Department of Education’s move to Prior-Prior Year Tax Data

October 20, 2015:  Beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year, the Department of Education will move to Prior-Prior-Year (PPY) tax data.  This move is being made in order to allow students to fill out the FAFSA in October for the following school year.  Students will then have reliable and available tax data when they file the …