Politico: The Chippendales are stripping down and lobbying up

Politico: The Chippendales are stripping down and lobbying up. “The strippers themselves are in need of some stimulus. Chippendales, the famed male dancer troupe, has turned to K Street to help it tap into a potential new round of federal pandemic aid. The iconic franchise, known for commanding the attention of bachelorette parties lined across the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, retained the services of white-shoe law and lobbying firm Greenberg Traurig to lobby on a pandemic-era program designed to help concert halls, movie theaters and others in the live events industry, according to a disclosure filed this week.”

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators: New NASFAA Toolkit Provides Guidance to Help Colleges Build and Deploy Unbiased Financial Aid Policies

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators: New NASFAA Toolkit Provides Guidance to Help Colleges Build and Deploy Unbiased Financial Aid Policies. “Financial aid administrators — as one of the key facilitators of educational access for students — have an important role to play in reducing the operational influence of implicit bias related to racial, ethnic, gender, and cultural identity; spoken language and/or accents; religion; age; sexual orientation; socioeconomic status; nationality; and more. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) today published an Implicit Bias Toolkit which aims to help financial aid offices at institutions of higher education across the country establish a neutral basis from which to build policies and deploy procedures in the administration of financial aid.”

CBS DFW: Fewer Students Applying For Federal College Aid After Access To Resources Cut Off During Pandemic

CBS DFW: Fewer Students Applying For Federal College Aid After Access To Resources Cut Off During Pandemic. “When school buildings suddenly closed in the spring the number of high school seniors applying for U.S. federal college aid plunged soon after. In addition to being forced from the classroom, closures meant students were cut off from school counselors during a critical time. The pandemic has also forced families hit with financial setbacks to reconsider plans for higher education.”

Chronicle of Higher Education: How to Get Students to Fill Out the Fafsa? Enlist Instagram Influencers

Chronicle of Higher Education: How to Get Students to Fill Out the Fafsa? Enlist Instagram Influencers. “Instagram influencers, or people who have a bevy of followers and manicured photos on the social-media website, will try to sell you weight-loss tea, prepared-meal kits, or subscription boxes of dog treats. Now, a select few influencers are hawking the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form.”

Now Available: Database of College Promise Programs

The Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy at University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (PennAHEAD) has created an online database of College Promise programs. “These programs which ‘promise’ a financial or other type of award to eligible students who attend specified schools and/or reside in particular communities to enter and complete higher education, have nearly tripled in the last year, to 150 in 37 states. Laura Perna, Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy at University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (PennAHEAD), and her team of students have created a new tool that will allow policymakers, researchers, and journalists to easily search and compare programs. PennAHEAD’s database, created with support from the College Promise Campaign, tracks program characteristics including nature and characteristics of the promised award, student eligibility requirements, program location, and more.”

Now Available: Database of Financial Aid Programs

Now available: an online database of financial aid programs. “While a college education is more important than ever, students face unprecedented challenges in financing the cost. Policymakers across the country are working to design financial aid programs that foster postsecondary degree access and completion… Today, the Education Commission of the States announces the availability of a comprehensive 50-state database detailing 100 of the largest state financial aid programs across the country. This unique resource is intended to inform discussions surrounding current program design, innovative models already in practice in the states, and assist states in identifying peer programs from which to learn.”