NASFAA In the News

Below are NASFAA's recent appearances in the media. 

  • Podcast: Federal Student Loan Servicing: Strengths and Weaknesses
    November 29, 2016 - The Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI), in partnership with Radio Higher Ed, this morning released the third podcast in a series of podcasts on student outcomes and loan servicing. "This podcast builds upon PNPI’s September pod...
  • DOE Issues New Regulations To Protect Student Borrowers
    November 28, 2016 - "Recent regulations from the Department of Education improve protection for student borrowers targeted by misleading or predatory practices, and establish a clear path for loan forgiveness in instances of institutional fraud or misconduct—an is...
  • Program Without Participants
    November 22, 2016 - "Department of Education data indicate zero borrowers are on pace to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness by 2017, a prominent higher ed group warned the department in a letter last month," Inside Higher Ed reports. "Justin Draeger, president ...
  • Who Defaults On Student Loans?
    November 21, 2016 - "The national student-loan-debt crisis has ballooned to a formidable $1.4 trillion, but the students who are actually in crisis and need the most help aren't necessarily those with the most debt," Financial Advisor Magazine reports. "'We hear a lot a...
  • Congress Could Undo Obama-Era Student Loan Relief
    November 18, 2016 - "The U.S. Congress could as soon as January start to dismantle President Barack Obama's transformation of student loan rules by blocking freshly minted regulations designed to help students who say they were defrauded by for-profit colleges," Reuters...
  • New Rules Could Boost Student Loan Forgiveness
    November 17, 2016 - "College students whose school has shut down or committed fraud may soon be eligible for financial relief from federal regulators," according to Consumer Reports. "... 'The Department of Education has long had rules on the books about how borrowers c...
  • Opinion: End This Unfair Tax on Student Loan Borrowers
    November 17, 2016 - "The persistent but gratuitous idea that there is a national student debt crisis is hard to escape these days. It’s surprising, then, that there has been little effort put toward ending the tax levied against students and parents the second the...
  • Student Loan Myths You Should Know About
    November 10, 2016 - "Understanding student loans can be daunting. However, if you already have a loan or are planning to get one, it's always good to be educated on what it actually is," the University Herald reports. NASFAA President Justin Draeger is quoted in the art...
  • Push for Year-Round Pell
    November 8, 2016 - "A large group of congressional Democrats last week joined a chorus of higher education associations and consumer advocates who have been pressuring appropriators to preserve funding for the Pell Grant program and restore year-round use of the federa...
  • Opinion: The Presidential Vote And Its Impact On Higher Education
    November 4, 2016 - "Conversations dominating the presidential election make it difficult to recall that higher education was once front and center in this race. Unfortunately, the needed attention given to such issues during the primary election season has since dimini...
  • A Little Known Reason Why Students Have So Much Debt
    November 3, 2016 - "[T]he Department of Education is launching an experiment to see if more loan counseling could help students make better decisions," Marketplace reports. "...The hope is that extra counseling could also catch more students who drop out before graduat...
  • Opinion: Don’t Leave These Two Groups Behind
    November 2, 2016 - "I voted early. I’ll be out of the country on Election Day, so I wanted to make sure my vote was counted. But as I made my selection, my heart was heavy," columnist Michelle Singletary writes in The Washington Post. "The National Association of...
  • Bipartisan Solution
    October 31, 2016 - "The potential effects of the borrower defense rules the U.S. Department of Education released last week have generated disagreements -- and some uncertainty. But an accompanying announcement restoring Pell Grant eligibility to students of shuttered ...
  • New Federal Rules Could Make It Easier to Escape Your Student Loans
    October 31, 2016 - "If you owe on federal student loans for a college you think defrauded you, the government’s new rules should make it a little easier to sue for relief from those debts," Money reports. "The good news for anyone with federal student loans is th...
  • Arkansas Tech University: Schwartz Named Director of Student Aid
    October 28, 2016 - "Lesli Nicole 'Niki' Schwartz has been selected to serve as director of student aid at Arkansas Tech University," according to Arkansas Tech News. "Schwartz is National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators credentialed in campus based ...
  • Borrower Defense Rules Finalized
    October 28, 2016 - "The U.S. Department of Education released Friday the final version of controversial regulations that will allow student loan borrowers to have their debt discharged if they were victims of fraud or misrepresentation by their institution," Inside Hig...
  • Opinion: 3 Ways to Simplify the Financial Aid Process
    October 28, 2016 - "College cost and access have become a key issue this election cycle, with candidates talking openly about subsidizing some or all of a public college education. But there are numerous complexities beyond just cost that deter students from enrolling ...
  • College Costs Rising Faster Than Financial Aid, Report Says
    October 27, 2016 - "Colleges are putting the brakes on hefty price increases, but tuition and fees are still rising at a faster rate than the financial aid and family income needed to cover costs, according to two reports released Wednesday by the College Board," The W...
  • Opinion: Student Loan 'Crisis' Overshadows Real Borrowing Issues
    October 20, 2016 - "Repeating a falsehood over and over again does not make it any truer. Yet the idea that we are in a national student loan debt crisis has been repeated so many times that it is now accepted as gospel, even when the facts say otherwise. This misdiagn...
  • Donald Trump Says One University Spent $150 Million a Year Complying With Government Red Tape
    October 18, 2016 - "...The details appear more nuanced," according to The Hechinger Report. "Most of this money turns out to have been spent conforming with rules that govern research grants, for instance, which is generally unrelated to tuition, and does not affect th...
  • Here’s What Readers Are Asking Us About the 2017-18 FAFSA
    October 14, 2016 - "... MONEY has published dozens of stories about how and when to apply for financial aid. But try as we might, we can’t anticipate every question. That’s why we recently asked to hear from readers who are currently going through the proce...
  • FAFSA For The 2017-2018 Academic Year Now Available Courtesy Of Recent Changes
    October 13, 2016 - "Students are seeing new changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid application this semester, with an earlier submission date of the form and the ability to use the previous year’s tax information," The Journal reports. "'Thi...
  • States and Student-Level Data
    October 12, 2016 - "As tuition prices and student loan debt weigh on the minds of students, they're paying more attention to the payoff from specific majors or degree programs. But the College Scorecard, the consumer tool the U.S. Department of Education introduced las...
  • When PLUS Is a Minus
    October 6, 2016 - "Federal PLUS Loans help parents cover the difference between the financial aid a student receives from their college or university and the full cost of attendance. ... But some colleges are lumping the loans in with other forms of aid in award notif...
  • Pennsylvania: New FAFSA Rule Allows College Aid Form to Be Filed on Oct. 1
    October 4, 2016 - "Nobody ever said applying for college financial aid would be fun. But starting Saturday, millions of Americans can at least get a head start on that tedious but crucial chore –– and in doing so, possibly give themselves more time to eval...
  • FAFSA Has Earlier Kickoff to Give Families Fewer Excuses
    September 29, 2016 - "Weekends in October tend to be fantastic for football –– not FAFSA. But this weekend is the start of a new earlier Oct. 1 kickoff for filing the form needed to apply for financial aid that some parents and students have found overly long...
  • Student Aid Applications Available 3 Months Early
    September 29, 2016 - "Starting this year, the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available for students and their families Saturday rather than Jan. 1, marking a significant change in the college application process," the California Democrat reports...
  • Economists Offer Unconventional Wisdom on Student-Loan 'Crisis'
    September 27, 2016 - "Student debt is a crisis, holding back the economy and hobbling a generation. Wonder why today's young adults aren't getting married, having children, buying homes, starting businesses, saving the world? Look no further, the culprit is obvious. That...
  • ITT News Update: What's the Aftermath after the Closure?
    September 23, 2016 - "The closing down of one of the largest and longest-running for-profit technical school was a shock to many but the biggest casualties were the students, especially those who were looking forward to graduating this school year. Not a month before its...
  • Poetry, Pugs Raise Awareness For New FAFSA Timeline
    September 22, 2016 - "What does a pug looking at a computer have to do with the Oct. 1 start date for parents and students to fill out the federal financial aid form known as the FAFSA? It is all about spreading the word about the new start, changed from Jan 1," accordin...
  • Former ITT Technical Students Can Get Counseling at New Website
    September 22, 2016 - "Thousands of students affected by the abrupt closing of ITT Technical Institute campuses can seek free academic and financial counseling through an online tool introduced this week by two nonprofit groups and the federal government," The New York Ti...
  • Dept. Of Education Offers Online Service For Students Stranded By ITT Shutdown
    September 21, 2016 - "Thousands of students affected by the abrupt shutdown of all 130 ITT Tech campuses received a lifeline of sorts from the government this week, as it unveiled additional resources to help displaced students understand their new reality and to co...
  • US Department of Education Launches Programs To Support Students Affected By ITT Tech Closure
    September 21, 2016 - "The United States Department of Education has announced the launch of a new online set of programs to help students affected by ITT Tech’s shutting down earlier this month," The Daily Orange reports. "To launch the programs, the department has...
  • Is The US Government Doing Enough To Help Former ITT Tech Students?
    September 21, 2016 - "The Department of Education announced a partnership Monday to connect through an online platform former students of the now-defunct ITT Technical Institutes with financial aid and academic counselors, as the government faces criticism it has not don...
  • Education Department Says It's Been 'Working Around the Clock' to Help ITT Tech Students
    September 20, 2016 - "Education Department officials are pushing back against criticism that they didn't do enough to help former ITT Tech students after the massive for-profit college's sudden closure two weeks ago," POLITICO PRO reports. NASFAA is mentioned in this art...
  • Helping ITT Students Find a Way Forward
    September 20, 2016 - "Over the past two weeks, since the closure of ITT Educational Services, Inc. (ITT), we've received thousands of emails and calls from its former students trying to find their way forward. ... While ITT's closure may be a disruption, we cannot allow ...
  • Education Department Beefs Up Effort to Help ITT Tech Students
    September 20, 2016 - "The Education Department announced new online resources Monday for students affected by the abrupt closure of ITT Technical Institutes, amid criticism that the government is not doing enough to help the tens of thousands of people left in the lurch ...
  • Feds Create Website for Students at Closing Colleges
    September 20, 2016 - "Students left befuddled and stranded by college closures will have access to a new online resource meant to connect them with financial aid and academic counselors, said Ted Mitchell, the U.S. under secretary of education, in a call with reporters M...
  • Analysis: Considering Presidential Candidates From A College Perspective
    September 15, 2016 - "While there are many issues to consider when voting in the upcoming presidential election, higher education is at the top of the list for some college students," The Daily Egyptian reports. NASFAA is mentioned in the article.
  • Mississippi: EMCC Offering Help to Former ITT Technical Institute Students
    September 15, 2016 - "Officials at East Mississippi Community College are exploring options to assist former ITT Technical Institute students looking to complete their degrees elsewhere," according to WTVA. NASFAA is mentioned in this article.
  • New Rules for the College Financial Aid FAFSA Form
    September 9, 2016 - "Starting this fall, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA form) will be available October 1, three months earlier than in the past. This change has major implications for families planning to apply for financial aid," according to Next...
  • After ITT Tech’s Collapse, Other Colleges Try to Pick Up the Pieces
    September 9, 2016 - "Across the country, community colleges are spreading out virtual welcome mats for the more than 35,000 students who were suddenly displaced this week when ITT Educational Services Inc., responding to federal scrutiny, shut down its chain of technica...
  • Mich. Students Face Changes As They Return To Campus
    September 6, 2016 - "Many changes await college students across Michigan as they begin a new school year. ... Students will be barely settled into this fall’s classes when it will be time to start thinking about financial aid for the following school year," The De...
  • Federal College Aid Deadline, Data Changed For Upcoming School Year
    August 17, 2016 - "Students will be able to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, much earlier this year after the Department of Education moved up the release date for the form," The Wichita Eagle reports. "Megan Coval, vice president for publi...
  • Education Department Experiments With Student Loan Counseling
    August 15, 2016 - "The Department of Education announced Friday it is launching a pilot program to test the effectiveness of more flexible loan counseling policies on federal student loan borrowers," according to U.S. News & World Report. "A report published earli...
  • Valuable Volunteers
    August 12, 2016 - "When it comes to working your way up to a leadership position as a minority professional in the world of student financial aid, one of the best things you can do for your career is to volunteer for a professional association," according to Diverse: ...
  • Proposed Rule On Student Loan Debt May Harm Colleges, Students And Taxpayers
    August 12, 2016 - "A proposed rule governing student loan forgiveness is subjective and vague, critics say, and could lead to a rush of litigation for many colleges — both for-profit and nonprofit — and cost  students and taxpayers billions," accordin...
  • Feds Plead With Colleges Not to Move Up Their Financial Aid Deadlines
    August 10, 2016 - "The Education Department sent a letter this week imploring colleges and universities not to make any changes to their financial aid deadlines, despite the earlier availability of the federal government’s application for grants and loans," The ...
  • Colleges Urged Not to Move Up Aid Deadlines
    August 10, 2016 - "The U.S. Department of Education this week asked colleges and universities not to move up their deadlines for applying for financial aid," Inside Higher Ed reports. NASFAA is mentioned in this article.
  • Bobby Scott Introduces Bill for Simpler FAFSA Filing
    July 20, 2016 - "A new bill has been introduced by Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Rep. Bobby Scott in an effort to simplify the federal student loan application for low-income students," Education News reports. 
  • New York: TC's Scott-Clayton Wins Award For Financial Aid Research
    July 18, 2016 - "Judith Scott-Clayton, associate professor of economics and education and senior research associate at the Community College Research Center, has won the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Adminis...
  • It's Time to Pay Your College Tuition Bill
    July 18, 2016 - "If you’re headed to college this fall, the first day of school may seem far off. But there’s an important task coming up on your to-do list: Paying your tuition bill," Yahoo! Finance reports. NASFAA's Karen McCarthy is quoted in the arti...
  • MMC Financial Assistance Director Voted Pres.-Elect Of Administrator Group
    July 15, 2016 - "Mount Marty College (MMC) Financial Assistance Director Ken Kocer was recently voted president-elect of the Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators," Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports. "...During the third year of ...
  • Renovating the Past, Constructing the Future: H.R. 5530
    July 15, 2016 - "The HBCU Capital Financing Improvement Act (H.R. 5530), introduced by Reps. Alma Adams (D-NC) and Bradley Byrne (R-AL), is intended to increase access to capital by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by making changes to the HBCU C...
  • Amid Mixed Messages, Department of Education Announces Loan Counseling Experiment
    July 15, 2016 - "Yesterday, the US Department of Education announced a new experimental initiative that would give a select group of  institutions the ability to require additional loan counseling for borrowers before they receive a student loan,"&nbs...
  • Experts Give Federal Student Aid System a Failing Grade
    June 30, 2016 - "Despite ongoing efforts to make it more efficient, the federal student aid system was lambasted Wednesday as being 'untenable' and overly complex," Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports. "The criticism came during a Capitol Hill briefing ...
  • Tuition Gets Lowered At Another Washington State University
    June 28, 2016 - "As college tuition continues to hike nationwide, one state has legislated a way to actually help cut costs: Washington, which last year voted to cut back four-year college tuition costs at its public universities. If you’re wondering if it&rsq...
  • Task Force Proposes Changes In Federal Work-Study Financial-Aid Program
    June 28, 2016 - "A report by the principal group of university financial-aid administrators is calling for a change in the federal work-study program that would steer more of the money to institutions with larger shares of lower-income students and less to long-esta...
  • Pell Grants Near Return to Year-Round Eligibility
    June 24, 2016 - "Pell Grants—federal tuition assistance for low-income students—have a dollar limit each year, regardless of your school costs. That limit currently is $5,815. In addition to the dollar limit, however, Pell Grants currently can be used on...
  • Colleges Lead With Need-Blind Admissions
    June 23, 2016 - "When the economy tanked in 2009, the trustees of Hamilton College in upstate New York made a major investment in the future of admissions practices––they shifted from need-sensitive to need-blind admissions, while remaining a school that...
  • ‘Payback Playbook’ Simplifies College Loan Repayment Options
    May 27, 2016 - "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s forthcoming 'Payback Playbook' intends to simplify the student loan repayment process by presenting clear, customized repayment options," University Business reports. "'It’s almost against ...
  • Can You Use Student Loans to Go on Spring Break?
    May 23, 2016 - " ... About one in five American students graduating this year who carry debt said they used student loans to pay for such expenses as vacations, dining out, and entertainment, according to a poll conducted in early May by Google Consumer Surveys on ...
  • Illinois: Former Students of College in Chicago Earn Less Than High-School Dropouts
    April 22, 2016 - "When Joseph Cintron enrolled in East-West University, a school that recruited poor South Side students like him, he hoped it would improve his prospects. It didn’t. He dropped out, like the vast majority of students who enroll there, and says ...
  • Millennial Graduates Clueless About Student Loans, Reveals Citizens Bank Survey
    April 18, 2016 - "Buyer remorse isn't new, but regretting attending college because of your student loan debt is for the thousands of millennials who think they got a bad deal," GoodCall reports. "For some, it’s the sheer size of their debt that has caused them...
  • Why Upperclassmen Lose Financial Aid
    April 7, 2016 - "A few weeks before Ashley Hurst was supposed to commit to college, an email arrived that she thought would change her life. ... [T]he message from North Carolina Central University, a historically black college: It would be interested in giving her ...
  • How to Ask Your College for a Bigger Financial Aid Package
    April 4, 2016 - "Once you know the bottom-line price for each school that has accepted you (see How to Compare Your College Financial Aid Letters), you can sometimes use that as leverage to bargain for a better aid package," according to Time Money. "For example, yo...
  • Pennsylvania’s Student Debt Has Sen. Bob Casey Pushing For Change
    March 17, 2016 - "As Senate Democrats look to resurrect some of their most-ambitious student-debt relief ideas from recent years, Sen. Bob Casey has joined the push and says he's finding the message welcomed in his home state," McClatchy News reports. "Congress is du...
  • Robert Huff, Stanford’s First Financial Aid Director, Dies
    March 16, 2016 - "Robert Huff, Stanford's first financial aid director, died of cancer on March 7. Huff was 89," The Stanford Daily reports. "After serving as president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) from 1979 to 1980, Hu...
  • New FAFSA Timeline Could Result In Major Changes In Admissions
    February 25, 2016 - "While applicant attention has been largely focused on such headline-grabbing college admissions issues as new tests, new score reports, new applications and the proliferation of portfolio development tools, the Department of Education has been quiet...
  • University of South Florida Executive Is the New Leader of NASFAA
    February 19, 2016 - "Billie Jo Hamilton, assistant vice president of enrollment planning and management and director of university scholarships and financial aid services at the University of South Florida in Tampa, was elected chair of the National Association of Stude...
  • FAFSA And TCU To Include Two Years Of Tax Income Data
    February 16, 2016 - "Filing for federal financial aid is going to get a little less complicated. Starting in October, students and families filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be able to use tax information from two years ago," accordin...
  • WV College Foundation Sets Goal to Increase FAFSA Completion
    February 14, 2016 - "The College Foundation of West Virginia wants more high school seniors completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid before they graduate," according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. "Studies, cited in a 2013 Journal of Student Financi...
  • Enforcement Evolution
    February 10, 2016 - "Borrower advocates are praising the Education Department’s new Student Aid Enforcement Unit, but they’re not optimistic about the prospects of Congress approving an accompanying $13.6 million budget request," POLITICO's Morning Education...
  • Loan Repayment a Nightmare for Majority of Students
    February 10, 2016 - "It's bad enough that many college grads and others who took student loans find it tough to pay the bills. But increasingly, they must dodge bad actors trying to take advantage of their plight," according to The Gulf Today. "The National Association ...
  • Jenerette Selected to NASFAA Board
    February 9, 2016 - "In the ever-changing world of federal financial aid for college students, Cedarville University is in position to be one of the leaders that will help shape the future of financial aid. Kim Jenerette, executive director of financial aid and a 1983 C...
  • Opinion: Need To Slash Student Debt? Watch Out For Ripoffs
    February 5, 2016 - "Who would have thought you could run into a land mine of rip-offs just trying to find a way to slash a few bucks off your student loan payment each month? Borrower beware," Susan Torpor writes in a column for The Detroit Free-Press. "The National As...
  • When Colleges Slash Tuition, Some Students Actually Pay More
    February 3, 2016 - "As Americans agonize over spiraling tuition costs, Converse College seemed a beacon of hope when it slashed its advertised tuition by a whopping 43 percent," according to The Hechinger Report. NASFAA's Karen McCarthy is quoted in the article.
  • Higher Ed Overhaul Unlikely in 2016
    February 2, 2016 - "Out on the presidential campaign trail, 2016 is shaping up to be a big year for higher education issues. But in the U.S. Congress, the prospect that lawmakers will take up, much less pass, a much-anticipated and already overdue overhaul of federal h...
  • Mandatory Counseling Needed Through Life Of Student Loan, Report Says
    January 27, 2016 - "Congress should allow institutions to mandate counseling throughout the life of a student loan says a report from TG Research and Analytics Services,"Financial Advisor reports. NASFAA collaborated on the report with TG.
  • Joseph Sciame Works Hard To Help Others, Appreciates His Many Blessings
    January 4, 2016 - In an interview with the National Catholic Reporter, Vice President for Community Relations at St. John's University Joseph Sciame discussed his career path and recent Knighthood in the Order of Pope St. Sylvester. Sciame served as NASFAA Nation...
  • NASFAA in the News: 2015 Archive
    December 31, 2015 - Below are stories, published in 2015, that mention NASFAA and/or quote a NASFAA spokesperson. For more recent appearances in the media, check out our main NASFAA in the News page.
  • NASFAA in the News: 2014 Archive
    December 31, 2014
  • NASFAA in the News: 2013 Archive
    December 31, 2013
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