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Fourth of July Holiday Hours

June 26, 2015
Photo credit: Jeff Kubina, flickr

Photo credit: Jeff Kubina, flickr

 

Nelnet will have modified holiday hours as we celebrate the Fourth of July.

For borrowers:

The borrower contact center will be open overnight July 3rd, but will close for the day at 7 a.m. (Central) on July 4th. We will reopen at 7 a.m. on the 5th.

For schools:

The School Service Center will be open July 3rd from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Central) and closed on July 4th.

We hope you are able to celebrate our nation’s independence with family and friends!

Upcoming SNAP! Trainings

June 19, 2015

4553_SNAP_Training_EM_Sig_v2_1117To help your school succeed, we offer a live SNAP! Training series for financial aid professionals on Wednesdays. 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 here to download the full July and August training schedules.

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

Nelnet Borrower and School Support

Learn about our borrower communication strategy and the multiple resources we provide for schools.

Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m., Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Understanding Income-Driven Repayment Plans

This session will explore IBR, ICR, and Pay as You Earn plans – including who qualifies and how – and provide the knowledge necessary to assist your students in finding the best repayment plan for their situation.

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m., Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Financial Literacy – Teaching Your Students to Live Life Smart

The Live Life Smart Guide is Nelnet’s comprehensive financial literacy resource. This session covers how you can use the guide to teach your students about saving, budgeting, loan repayment, and more.

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m., Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Are You an Effective Leader?

This session will give you a better understanding of different leadership paths and help you identify ways to be a more effective leader.

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m., Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Upcoming Money Mondays

June 19, 2015

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). Click here to download the full July and August training schedules.

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

Saving and Investing Basics

Learn about setting realistic financial goals, saving and investing vehicles, and why it’s important to have a savings plan.

Date: Monday, July 6, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Monday, July 6, 2015
Time: 4:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Monday, July 13, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Monday, July 13, 2015
Time: 4:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Student Loan Repayment Tips

Create a plan for financial survival, develop a better understanding of student loans, and learn about repayment plan options.

Date: Monday, August 3, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Monday, August 3, 2015
Time: 4:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Monday, August 10, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Date: Monday, August 10, 2015
Time: 4:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
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Income-Driven Repayment FAQ

June 18, 2015

 

Income-driven repayment (IDR) plans are a great choice for borrowers who would like to make their student loan debt more manageable by reducing their monthly payment amount. Here is a question we frequently receive from schools about IDR.

Q: What is the timeline for obtaining recertification information for an income-driven repayment plan (IDR) borrower and what is Nelnet doing to make this process more seamless?

A: A borrower’s first renewal notification is sent 95 days prior to their IDR renewal date (the anniversary of when the plan started). A second and final notice is sent 35 days before the renewal date. A borrower’s renewal date will also be noted on the monthly statement.

Nelnet’s online borrower accounts have been updated to assist the borrower with renewing their current IDR plan. When the borrower is up for renewal, the system will show what plans they can apply for. If they are not up for renewal, the borrower will be advised that they are not yet required to do

If the borrower’s income or family size has changed, they may request a re-evaluation. Otherwise, they will need to wait until renewal time to complete the process. To re-evaluate their situation, they would complete the application on StudentLoans.gov.

Failure to submit renewal documentation timely will lead to a monthly payment amount based on the 10-year standard repayment plan, as well as interest capitalization.

Borrowers submitting income documentation within ten days of the deadline will have their current payment amount maintained until income documentation is processed and new payment amount is calculated.

 

Lou Murray, Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Lou Murray, Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Latest from FSA: Getting a Federal Student Loan Infographic

June 17, 2015

FSA’s Getting a Federal Student Loan infographic provides students a roadmap for the student loan process. It takes a look at major milestones throughout the life of a loan, from FAFSA to repayment. Share it on your school’s website or social media accounts to help them better understand how they can access federal student aid.

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Kristin Tobias, Communications Coordinator, Nelnet

Kristin Tobias, Communications Coordinator, Nelnet

Recipes for Your Fourth of July Cookout

June 16, 2015

The Fourth of July is almost here, and it’s time for you to get out of the office and celebrate with friends, family, fireworks, and – of course – food. Here are some of our team’s favorite cookout recipes; we hope they inspire your celebration. From our team to yours, Happy Fourth!

Spicy Coleslaw

Kyle Oldenkamp, Concierge Representative, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Kyle Oldenkamp, Concierge Representative, Nelnet Partner Solutions

This zippy coleslaw takes average coleslaw up a notch and makes a perfect complement to grilled items, especially anything barbecued!

Ingredients:

1              Package prepackaged Cole Slaw (shredded cabbage & carrots mix)
2              Cups Miracle Whip
½             Cup sugar
1 ½         Tablespoons prepared horseradish
1              Tablespoon dry mustard powder
1              Tablespoon white pepper
½             Teaspoon salt
¼             Teaspoon garlic powder
3/8           Teaspoon celery seed

 

slawDirections:

  1. Mix Miracle Whip, sugar, horseradish, dry mustard, white pepper, salt, garlic powder and celery seeds in a bowl.
  2. Stir in cabbage mixture and mix well. Chill, covered, until serving time.

Notes:

  • Yes, use Miracle Whip. Mayonnaise could be used, but I’ve had folks who do not like Miracle Whip tell me the recipe is very good this way!
  • When we do not have white pepper, black pepper makes a good substitute.
  • For extra “zip,” use more horseradish.

Blueberry and Watermelon Kababs

Nycci Jones, Learning and Development Consultant, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Nycci Jones, Learning and Development Consultant, Nelnet Partner Solutions

If you want to provide a healthier alternative, make fruit kebabs for your friends and family. There are multiple ways to do this. One option is to use a cookie cutter to create star shapes out of watermelon, and then add two to the ends of blueberry kababs.

Photo credit: Househunt.com

Photo credit: Househunt.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Berry and Spinach Salad

Angie Coleman, Concierge Representative, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Angie Coleman, Concierge Representative, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Ingredients:

Salad:
1 lb. baby spinach, stems removed, washed and dried
5 green onions, sliced
1/2 C. slivered almonds, toasted
1 pint strawberries, sliced
1 C. blueberries
1 C. provolone cheese, shredded

Dressing:
2/3 C. raspberry jam
1 tbsp. spicy brown grainy mustard
3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
1/2 C. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. saladTo make the dressing, place the raspberry jam in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on med-low heat until softened and easy to mix.
  2. Whisk in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. To make the salad, toss together the spinach, onions, and almonds in a large salad bowl.
  4. Place half of your blueberries in a circle/mound on top of the spinach mixture, in the middle of the bowl.
  5. Place shredded cheese in a ring around blueberries.
  6. Mix the strawberries and the other half of your blueberries. Arrange in a circle around the cheese at the outside of the salad. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

Chocolate Bread Pudding

Dawn Knight, Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Dawn Knight, Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Ingredients:

Cubed white or sourdough bread                             2 each
Whole Milk                                                                    1 ½ Qts
Raisins                                                                            1 cup
Butter                                                                              ½ cup
Sugar, white                                                                   1 ½ cups
Vanilla                                                                             1 ½ Tbsp
Cinnamon                                                                       1 ½ Tbsp
Nutmeg                                                                           ½ Tbsp
Eggs, beaten                                                                   4 each
Half & Half                                                                     1 cup
Semi-sweet: Choc Chips or Chopped Choc              1 cup

Directions:

  1. Chop bread into 2” x 2” pieces.
  2. Lay out bread in deep bowl or pan and add raisins and milk.
  3. Allow bread and raisins to soak in milk for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. In another mixing bowl, mix all other ingredients.
  5. Once bread is fully saturated, add the sugar and egg mixture to the bread and mix.
  6. Place mixture in a buttered 11” x 9”, 2 inch deep pan and bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until center is firm.
  7. Remove from oven and cool.

Shelf life = 7 days


Broccoli Salad

Kristin Tobias, Communications Coordinator, Nelnet

Kristin Tobias, Communications Coordinator, Nelnet

Ingredients:

8 slices bacon
1/3 c sunflower seed kernels
1 large head broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces
1/3 c diced red onion
1 c seedless red grapes, halved
1 c mayonnaise
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp white sugar
Ground black pepper to taste

Photo credit: AllRecipes.com

Photo credit: AllRecipes.com

Directions:

  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Crumble 7 slices of bacon; mix with sunflower seeds in a resealable bag.
  2. Combine broccoli, onion, and grapes in a bowl.
  3. Crumble the remaining bacon slice. Whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and black pepper together in a bowl; fold in the 1 slice crumbled bacon. Pour dressing over broccoli mixture; toss to coat evenly. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for flavors to blend, about 2 hours.
  4. Sprinkle bacon-sunflower seed mixture over salad before serving; mix well.

Recipe from AllRecipes.com.

 


Nycci Jones, Learning and Development Consultant, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Nycci Jones, Learning and Development Consultant, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Sparklin’ Marshmallow Rice Krispies Treats

Ingredients:

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1 bag (10-1/2 oz.) JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows (6 cups)
6 cups KELLOGG’S® RICE KRISPIES® cereal
24 wooden pop sticks
1 tube (0.68 oz.) each: red, white and blue decorating gels
2 Tbsp. each: red, white and blue sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Line 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan; lightly grease foil.
  2. Microwave butter in large microwavable bowl on HIGH 45 sec. or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat.
  3. kripieMicrowave 1-1/2 min. or until marshmallows are completely melted, stirring after 45 sec. Add cereal; mix well. Press cereal mixture firmly onto bottom of prepared pan; cool.
  4. Remove cereal mixture from pan, using foil handles. Cut into star shapes, using large star-shaped cookie cutter. Insert wooden stick into side of each star. Decorate with gels and sprinkles. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

 

 

Latest from FSA: Student Loan Repayment Campaign

June 15, 2015

FSA has launched a campaign to educate borrowers about available repayment options and provide them with the resources they need to make informed decisions. Your school plays an important role in communicating this message to students.

FSA has created a web page stocked with plug-and-play resources for you to utilize as part of this campaign, including:

  • Social media content
  • Fact sheets
  • Infographics
  • Videos (like the one below)
  • Repayment calculators
  • 3 Easy Ways to Spread the Word – a section where you can find shareable content, which rotates every two weeks


Please join FSA in this important campaign by sharing content through email, social media, your website, and any other channel that works well for your school. The campaign officially runs through June 30th, but these resources will continue to be available after that date.

For more information, please see FSA’s original Electronic Announcement: http://www.ifap.ed.gov/eannouncements/061015SpringRepaymentCampaign.html.

 

Kristin Tobias, Communications Coordinator, Nelnet

Kristin Tobias, Communications Coordinator, Nelnet