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Oxford University

Coping: Times Change But Regulations Remain

Monday, 2 July 2018

Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford





All Sessions Will Occur in Lecture Theatre 1

8:00 – 9:00


Registration with tea and coffee and light breakfast


8:30-9:45 and

13:30-14:30 and




Ask the Fed – Forum

A member of the Department of Education’s Foreign Schools Team will be available in the Forum space  just outside the lecture hall for one-on-one sessions to answer individual questions about regulatory compliance and other issues.

Michael Stein, Institutional Improvement Specialist, US Department of Education, Office of Federal Student Aid.


8:45 – 9:00


Welcome, Conference Overview and Update on IEC Activities

Cara Piperni - President, International Education Council

Director, Scholarships & Student Aid, McGill University


9:00 – 10:00


The US Congress and the Department of Education Consider Changes to the the US Loan Programme: A Report From Inside Washington

Harrison Wadsworth - Executive Director, International Education Council

The US Congress, which is considering changes to the Higher Education Act, is looking favorably on  IEC’s proposals, but it hasn’t finished the job.  This session by the long-time IEC leader will try to explain what’s going on with Congress and the rest of the US Government.  It will include an update on VA benefits.


10:00 – 11:00


An Overview and Update of US Department of Education Policies Affecting International Institutions

Speaker: Michael Stein, Senior Institutional Review Specialist, US Department of Education, Office of Federal Student Aid

An expert official who is in charge of compliance with US Government student loan regulations and reviews applications to participate in the loan programmes will present in person on the key issues facing international colleges and universities.  He will provide an overview of institutional participation and the Department of Education’s role, then discuss the top 10 compliance audit findings for foreign schools.

11:00 – 11:15



11:15 – 12:00


Issues With Institutional Compliance: COA and Professional Judgement

Speaker: Michael Stein, Senior Institutional Review Specialist, US Department of Education, Office of Federal Student Aid

The Department of Education continues with a session that will help institutions understand how to calculate their costs of attendance.  The session will also cover the use of “professional judgement” to allow exceptions to the usual policies for particular students in unusual circumstances. 

12:00 – 12:30


Financial Processing – A New System Explained

Dino Leo, Payment Solutions Division, Western Union Business Solutions

The head of education products for Western Union, Europe, will present information on the new online version of the company’s federal loan disbursement service. The portal will simplify and tighten up the disbursement process for foreign schools processing federal loans.


 12:30 – 13:30


Networking Luncheon Provided


13:30 – 14:30


Private Loan Developments and Advice on Preparing for Audits

Erich McElroy, Global Education Management Services

A former UK-based aid administrator will provide information on new private loan options for the students who can’t get or need to supplement federal loans, or who would rather deal with a private bank. He will also give some tips on preparing for annual federal loan compliance audits.  Drawing on his two decades of financial aid experience, he will take questions on regulatory and administrative issues.




14:30 – 14:45



14:45 – 16:00









More Information on Issues in Administering the US Loan Programmes: Consumer Disclosure requirements, 1098T information reporting, the latest data security issues and Return of Title IV Funds, and an update on changes to the Electronic Application to Participate (e-app).

Speaker: Michael Stein, Senior Institutional Review Specialist, US Department of Education, Office of Federal Student Aid

A session packed with topics will cover some of the remaining issues that IEC members are concerned about as well as provide important updates on progress on updating the Department’s systems as well as the latest data security issues.





A Word from Practitioners on Compliance, Coping and The Major Issues

Speakers: Cara Piperni, McGill University (Facilitator)

                  Jane Armitage, University of Cambridge

                  Maria Cooney, University of Limerick

                  Jan Gosling, Swansea University


A panel of experienced administrators of the US Loan Programmes will offer tips and perspectives on how they handle the pressing issues for international universities administering financial aid for American students.  They will comment on topics raised during the course of the day and will field questions that have come up.  


17:00 – 18:00




Drinks Reception, Open To All Delegates


Conference and Workshop Concludes



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