Lifetime Membership Award

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. To be eligible to receive this award, the individual must first be employed or have been employed by a member institution, be an associate member, or be employed by an associate member organization.

This award is the highest that NASFAA can bestow on a member; therefore 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 work 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.

The NASFAA Awards Nomination process is open for member nominations until February 3, 2017. Winners will be announced this summer at the NASFAA National Conference. NASFAA members can submit their Lifetime Membership Award Nomination through this form.

2016 Lifetime Membership Award Winner

Jim SwansonJim 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. At 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.

Past winners list (PDF)

Publication Date: 10/17/2016

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