Advocacy Resources

Advocacy iconOn this page, you can find resources to aid your advocacy efforts. The National Student Aid Profile and the "What Financial Aid Administrators Do" sheet for congressional offices are below. Furthermore, the NASFAA Policy & Federal Relations staff has created several one-pagers on key current issues, which can also be found below.


  • History of Changes to Financial Aid Verification
    September 28, 2020 - This flowchart, which outlines the sort of "one step forward, two steps back" pattern that the financial aid community has come to know with regard to verification, will be used to help with advocacy efforts related to verification.
  • 2020 National Student Aid Profile
    July 30, 2020 - The National Student Aid Profile, updated for the 2020-21 academic year, provides detailed information about each of the programs authorized under Title IV of the HEA.
  • NASFAA Issue Briefs
    December 11, 2019 - As Higher Education Act (HEA) Reauthorization inches closer to action, NASFAA launched a new series of issue briefs on timely federal student aid policy issues. Each issue brief provides background and recommendations for lawmakers.
  • 2019 National Profile
    July 23, 2019 - The National Profile, updated for the 2019-20 academic year, provides detailed information about each of the programs authorized under Title IV of the HEA.
  • What Financial Administrators Do
    December 10, 2018 - This PDF explains what financial aid offices and NASFAA do and the resources each provides for the financial aid community, policymakers, and their staff. This document can serve as a great resource when meeting with elected officials.
  • Financial Aid and Graduate & Professional Students
    October 18, 2018 - This one-pager provides recommendations and corresponding legislation to support graduate and professional students through federal student aid.
  • 2018 National Student Aid Profile
    July 24, 2018 - This report provides detailed information about each of the programs authorized under Title IV of the HEA, including descriptions of the federal student aid programs, recent trends in federal program appropriations & income levels of students.
  • Trump Budget Fact Sheet
    June 21, 2017 - This fact sheet provides an overview of President Trump's proposed cuts to student aid in his fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget, which affects award year 2018-19.
  • Making Financial Aid Work for All: NASFAA Priorities for 2017 and Beyond
    February 10, 2017 - This high-level report outlines potential areas of focus for the President and the 115th Congress.
  • Risk-Sharing Brief
    October 28, 2016 - As Congress works toward reauthorization, broad themes and proposals have emerged. including a focus on sharing the “risk” in higher education. This brief provides background, recommendations, and resources on this this topic.
  • Next Steps on FAFSA Simplification
    October 10, 2016 - This 4-page advocacy fact sheet provides background on PPY and also provides an overview of NASFAA's FAFSA simplification proposal, a result of NASFAA's FAFSA Working Group released in 2015. Other recommendations are also included.
  • HEA Reauthorization One-Pager
    April 28, 2016 - This one-pager outlines key recommendations surfaced from NASFAA's Reauthorization Task Force (RTF) report in 2013 and additional recommendations from policy task forces since then.
  • PPY and the Federal Budget Process One-Pager
    March 9, 2016 - This one-pager provides background on the move to prior-prior year (PPY) income information on the FAFSA and addresses the importance of an on-time federal budget and appropriations process.
  • Streamlining Student Loan Repayment One-Pager
    February 9, 2015 - This one-pager outlines the challenges and complexities of the current student loan repayment process and provides a recommendation to simplify the system for borrowers.
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