NASFAA In the News

Below are NASFAA's recent appearances in the media. 

  • 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 ...
  • More Than Tuition: High Uncertainty and Complicated Incentives
    May 12, 2016 - "The federal government leaves it up to colleges to estimate the annual living expenses that students will face attending their institutions. This can be an extremely arbitrary process. This week, our #MoreThanTuition series will look at the ways dat...
  • Why College Grads Need A Playbook For Paying Back Loans
    May 6, 2016 - "As we move through college commencement season, the last question you want to bring up at the graduation brunch is 'Hey, how are you going to pay off all those student loans?' But policy wonks are working to put that very question on the table for n...
  • Federal Work-Study Isn't Working
    May 6, 2016 - "When you think of a college student, you probably don't envision a 26-year-old who works close to full time and is raising a child. And yet 40 percent of today's undergraduate students are over the age of 24, and more than a quarter of them have chi...
  • A Scholarship At 60? College Aid For Older Americans
    May 3, 2016 - "David Williams, 74, spent his career as an electronics engineer in the aerospace, computer and telecommunications industries, but his first love was drawing cartoons. With retirement, he took the opportunity to rekindle that old interest by going to...
  • NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Justin Draeger, Leader of Financial Aid Association
    April 29, 2016 - In a recent podcast, NASFAA President Justin Draeger spoke with Next Gen Personal Finance about financial aid operations and broader trends in the world of financial aid. Justin also discussed topics such as comparing and negotiating financ...
  • 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 ...
  • How Presidential Candidates Plan to Address Higher Education Issues
    April 20, 2016 - "With New York holding its United States presidential primary on Tuesday, here is a rundown of each candidate's plans on issues relating to higher education and campus life," The Daily Orange reports. NASFAA is mentioned in the article.
  • 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...
  • Applying For Student Loans: Federal and Private
    March 28, 2016 - "Student loans aren't created equal. Some are federal, some are private, some are designed to help financially needy borrowers, some offer lower rates or important borrower protections. Many students have to combine different types of loans to cover ...
  • Surviving Higher Ed's Prior-Prior Year Shift
    March 28, 2016 - "As we speculated last year, the shift to the use of families' Prior-Prior Year (PPY) financial data on the FAFSA has come to pass," University Business Magazine reports. "... This shift has far-reaching implications not only for timing of financial ...
  • 7 Smart Steps to Appeal for More College Financial Aid
    March 18, 2016 - "If you can't afford your dream college because it didn't award you enough financial aid, don't just give up in defeat. You still have time to appeal for an increase in grants or scholarships," Time Money reports. "It is important for families t...
  • 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...
  • College Financial Aid Letters Just Got a Little Better (to Read, Anyway)
    March 15, 2016 - "Starting this spring, it should be a little easier to figure out exactly how much you owe your college," Money reports. "... A code of conduct adopted by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the professional organization...
  • Colleges Help Students in a Pinch
    March 14, 2016 - "... All three schools awarded emergency grants to the students to keep them in school. They are among a growing group of colleges nationally that have designated special funds to help students bridge unexpected circumstances, college financial exper...
  • Students Per Square Foot
    March 9, 2016 - "While sporadic protests at universities and colleges across the nation have dominated headlines in recent months, the overwhelming challenges associated with student housing remain a constant. Increased enrollment, competition for federal financial ...
  • 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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