The Lifetime Membership Award is the highest award that NASFAA can bestow on one of its members or an individual who is affiliated with a member organization. In order to be eligible to receive this award, the individual must first be employed or have been employed by a member institution, be an affiliate member, be employed by a constituent or associated member organization, or be a student member.
In as much as this award is the highest that NASFAA can bestow on a member, the achievements and contributions of the individual must truly be outstanding and significant. Normally, the individual will have made these contributions and achievements over a sustained period of time. That is to say, this award is not typically made for a one-time achievement or effort, but for working over a sustained period of time for the Association and the profession in important capacities, and contributing significantly to NASFAA's success in meeting its goals.
Jim Swanson, Director of Financial Aid, Colorado College
For the past 37 years, Swanson has lived his passion of helping students, parents, high school counselors, and fellow college administrators with the student financial aid process and advocating for access to higher education for low-income families. Swanson has volunteered on numerous state, regional and national association committees and task forces, as well as on the College Board National Council and Financial Aid Standard and Services Advisory Committee (FASSAC). His leadership experience includes serving as president of state and regional financial aid associations. On the national level, he has served as a member of the NASFAA Board of Directors for several years in positions including Commission Director and Representative-at-Large. He is also a current member of NASFAA's Ethics Commission.
Publication Date: 7/15/2016