February 11, 2019—Each year, students across the country take the first step toward receiving helpful financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The application serves as a gateway to not just federal student aid, but even some types of state and institutional aid. Throughout the month of February, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and others in the higher education community celebrate Financial Aid Awareness Month as a way to provide crucial information and resources to students, parents, and financial aid professionals, and answer questions about access to student aid.
This February, NASFAA is leading the way with a social media campaign to draw attention to the impact financial aid can have on the lives of college students around the nation, and to provide resources to both practicing financial aid administrators and students and families.
"Students often get overwhelmed with the details of navigating the financial aid system, even after their first year of college. Throughout the year, but particularly during Financial Aid Awareness Month, it’s critical that financial aid professionals meet students where they are and provide them with concrete, valuable information,” said NASFAA National Chair Lori Vedder. "Financial aid administrators can provide thorough and up-to-date advice and counseling to help students and families manage the cost of a college education."
Throughout the month, NASFAA is encouraging higher education advocates around the nation to use its infographics and student-facing resources to help get the word out to families about the many different types of assistance that exist to help them pay for college. Interested parties can also send in questions on Twitter using the hashtag #FinAidFeb. Students and parents can also find resources online from NASFAA, including a list of FAFSA Tips and Common Mistakes to Avoid, as well as a Frequently Asked Questions page with information about the FAFSA, and financial aid in general.
To request an interview with a NASFAA spokesperson to discuss our #FinAidFeb campaign, or why increasing financial awareness is critical, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 785-6959.
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 20,000 financial aid professionals at nearly 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every ten undergraduates in the United States. Based in Washington, D.C., NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. For more information, visit www.nasfaa.org.
Publication Date: 2/11/2019