NASFAA In the News

Below are NASFAA's recent appearances in the media. 

  • NASFAA Mention: Divided Congress Means No Quick Fixes for Ailing Student Loan System
    November 9, 2018 - "The Higher Education Act — legislation that, among other things, spells out how much you can borrow from the government when you go to college, how much it will cost you, and what your options will be if you have trouble paying it back —...
  • NASFAA Mention: The Fight for the Future of Higher Education: Neg Reg 101
    November 2, 2018 - "Last summer, the Department of Education (ED) announced potential changes to some key higher education rules that govern which colleges qualify for money, and how much their students receive. But while the Department says it’s lookin...
  • NASFAA Mention: Student Loan Debt Impacts Millennial Buyers
    November 1, 2018 - "Student loan debt is impacting some first-time Millennial homebuyers. MagnifyMoney, a LendingTree-affiliated online site that helps consumers compare financial products, recently looked at student loan debt and Millennial average net ...
  • NASFAA Mention: Colleges Ask Education Department to Reimburse Forgiven Loans
    October 22, 2018 - "College and financial aid administrators are asking the Education Department to repay schools that spent as much as $400 million forgiving student loans through a now-defunct program," according to Bloomberg Government.
  • NASFAA Mention: Pay-It-Forward Debt Relief
    October 19, 2018 - "This spring, the University of Pittsburgh will pilot a 'pay-it-forward' financial aid program that offers students up to $5,000 upon graduation to pay down their student debt. In return, the university asks, but does not require, graduates of the pr...
  • NASFAA Mention: History of Helping: Black Churches Have Tradition of Giving College Scholarships
    October 15, 2018 - "The United States has a long history of churches and other religious organizations giving money to youngsters seeking a college education. Such financial support has been particularly instrumental in the lives of African-Americans, whose denominatio...
  • NASFAA Mention: Income Verification for Federal Aid Hinders Low-Income Students
    October 12, 2018 - "Many scholarships, grants and other financial assistance given to low-income college students are usually offered on the premise that those students are already receiving federal aid to help pay tuition," Inside Higher Ed reports.
  • NASFAA Mention: ACE, NASFAA Ask Education Department to Reimburse Institutions for Perkins Loan Forgiveness Costs
    October 10, 2018 - "The Perkins Loan Program, which expired in September 2017, provided low-interest loans for students with financial need and was funded through a partnership between the federal government and participating higher education institutions," according t...
  • NASFAA Mention: New Tool for FAFSA Completion
    October 4, 2018 - "... College-access advocates hope a new mobile student aid app launched by the Education Department this week will remove one barrier to financial aid by allowing applicants to access the FAFSA on their smartphone," Inside Higher Ed reports.
  • NASFAA's Example Award Letters are a Good Start, but They Could be Better.
    October 2, 2018 - "Direct and indirect costs, subsidized and unsubsidized loans, net cost and remaining cost--what do these terms mean? Students and families are left to navigate jargon such as these on their financial aid award letters, which colleges and universitie...
  • NASFAA Mention: New App Seeks to Help Needy Students Receive Federal Assistance
    October 1, 2018 - "Prospective college student[s] can now apply for federal loans on their phones, after the Education Department launched a new app to boost aid requests," Bloomberg Government reports.
  • NASFAA Mention: Education Department Warns That Students on Financial Aid Are Being Targeted in Phishing Attacks
    September 18, 2018 - "Malicious attackers have recently tried to gain access to students' financial aid refunds at multiple colleges in a scheme that involves sending fraudulent emails to students, according to a warning issued by the Education Department," The Washingto...
  • NASFAA Mention: FAFSA Mobile App Makes Applying for College Aid Less of a Pain
    September 14, 2018 - "College students and families filing out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may find it’s less of a chore this year, thanks to a redesigned website and new mobile app that should make it easier for students and parents to col...
  • NASFAA Mention: Need Money for College? There's Now a FAFSA App for That
    September 13, 2018 - "Will filling out more than 100 questions on the official form for financial aid be any easier this year? Maybe," the Detroit Free Press reports. "After all, this year there's an app for that. The new app to fill out the FAFSA form is called myS...
  • NASFAA Mention: Filing Your FAFSA Just Got Easier
    September 7, 2018 - "If you're planning to go to college next fall, one dreaded task is going to be a little easier: applying for financial aid," according to Consumer Reports. "Starting Oct. 1, you can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) fo...
  • Help, I Forgot to Save for College!
    August 23, 2018 - "When researchers at Stanford University offered children a marshmallow but promised them two if they waited, many gobbled down the sweet treat on the spot," AARP reports. 
  • You Could Pay Thousands More If Your Child Drops That College Course
    August 10, 2018 - "This fall, tell your child to think twice before withdrawing from that class she hates. She could lose thousands of dollars in financial aid. That's because college students must meet a series of requirements, including maintaining a minimum C avera...
  • Covering the Cost of Going Back to School as an Adult
    August 7, 2018 - "When Colleen O’Bryant pivoted from her job as operations manager at an insurance firm to start her own business as an herbalist, her training came with a steep price tag," The Seattle Times reports. 
  • Fixing FAFSA
    August 7, 2018 - "As students prepare to enroll for the fall semester, many are still scrambling to find the resources to pay tuition and other college expenses. Millions of students begin the financial aid process each year, but recent data suggest that a significan...
  • Big Data is Getting Bigger. So Are the Privacy and Ethical Questions.
    August 6, 2018 - "I’m Goldie Blumenstyk, a senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education covering innovation in and around academe. For more than two years, I’ve been curating the weekly Re: Learning newsletter. Now I’ll be using it to share my...
  • Debates Differ on Completion Incentives
    August 1, 2018 - "There is little disagreement that the more courses students take each semester, the more likely they are to graduate on time, but much debate has centered on how to encourage students in that direction," Inside Higher Ed reports.
  • Debt-Free College? House Democrats Introduce Higher Education Bill
    July 25, 2018 - "House Democrats this week are expected to unveil a sweeping plan to make college more affordable by reducing debt and simplifying financial aid. The Democrats’ plan would also endeavor to boost graduation rates," The Washington Post reports.
  • House Democrats Want to Make Community Colleges Free to Students
    July 25, 2018 - "House Democrats have introduced a bill that would make community colleges free to students, according to a report from the Washington Post," Breitbart reports.
  • Momentum Grows to Increase Transparency and Consistency of Award Letters – NASFAA Signs On
    July 25, 2018 - "Financial aid award letters are crucial tools for students and families to determine which colleges are within reach, but many letters are difficult to decipher and compare. TICAS' December 2017 analysis of almost 200 award letters, and Ne...
  • Student Loans for Immigrants
    July 23, 2018 - "The face of American higher education is changing. More than 1,000,000 foreign students are currently enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities and that number is only growing," according to The Student Loan Report.
  • How Higher Ed Would Fare in Congress's Spending Proposals
    July 18, 2018 - "Student aid advocates who hoped to see a substantial boost to the Pell Grant will have to settle for a modest increase -- if any -- in a 2019 congressional spending package," Inside Higher Ed reports. "A Senate education funding package that cleared...
  • Op-Ed: To Freeze 'Summer Melt' in its Tracks, Congress Must Fix the FAFSA
    July 16, 2018 - In an opinion piece published by The Hill, NASFAA President Justin Draeger writes about how verification is just one more obstacle preventing many low-income students from obtaining the necessary funds to pursue a college degree or certific...
  • Student-Debt Forgiveness Is a Wonderful Boon, Until the IRS Comes Calling
    June 25, 2018 - "Students seeking relief on their college and graduate-school debt could be sitting on a hidden tax bomb: Billions of dollars in one-time bills from the Internal Revenue Service for any debt they get forgiven," The Wall Street Journal reports. 
  • Transparency Coming for College Financial Aid
    June 22, 2018 - "Last week I blogged about the confusion engendered by many colleges and universities when they send students details of their financial aid packages along with their acceptance letters. The terms and conditions spelled out are often opaque...
  • Enrollment Boost From Summer Pell
    June 21, 2018 - "For many college students, summer is a time to pursue internships, work full-time or otherwise take a break from classes. Not so this year for many students at Louisiana community colleges," Inside Higher Ed reports. 
  • Commentary: Financial Games Colleges Play
    June 14, 2018 - "Every spring, colleges send two sets of letters to millions of prospective students. First the good news: an acceptance letter. Then, a few weeks later, a 'financial-aid award letter,' theoretically explaining how much college will cost. Parents and...
  • How to Get Financial Aid If Your Parents Make Too Much
    June 13, 2018 - "Are you wondering how to get financial aid if your parents make too much? If this question plagues you, you're not alone," according to Student Loan Hero. "'It's definitely something we hear a lot,' said Jill Desjean, a policy analyst for the N...
  • Why Flunking or Dropping That College Class Will Dent Your Wallet
    June 11, 2018 - "If your child's thinking of withdrawing from that organic chemistry class he hates, tell him to hang in there and do the best he can — thousands of dollars in financial aid may depend on it," CNBC reports. NASFAA's Megan Coval is quoted in the...
  • Report: Institutions Sharing Risk by Admitting At-Risk Students
    June 6, 2018 - "President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have said institutions need to have more 'skin in the game' around student outcomes, but according to a paper from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, institutio...
  • Financial Aid Letters Often Hide the Real Cost of College. See If You Can Decipher These Actual Letters.
    June 6, 2018 - "... Over the past few years, staffers from uAspire, an organization that helps low-income students get to college, have helped low-income students parse through their aid letters. What they found is a problem that plagues the entire financial aid pr...
  • The Cost of Going Back to School as an Adult
    June 6, 2018 - "In the United States, 16 million to 54 million workers may need to switch occupational group by 2030, and they will need to learn new skills or increase their level of education in order to find work, according to a recent McKinsey Global Institute ...
  • A Government Student-Loan Website May Soon Treat Private Loan Companies More Favorably
    June 1, 2018 - "The private student loan industry may soon get more favorable treatment on the government's financial-aid website. Right now, the Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid website presents private student loans as an option students sh...
  • Report Dings Tax Deduction for High-Income Grad Students
    June 1, 2018 - "A new report from the Brookings Institution argues that the federal government is forgoing hundreds of millions in tax revenue each year through a tax credit that largely benefits graduate students with high incomes," Inside Higher Ed repo...
  • Texas: Audit: UH's Financial Aid Systems Didn't Properly Vet Students
    May 29, 2018 - "The University of Houston gave incorrect amounts of federal money to students seeking financial aid because the university's systems did not properly evaluate student eligibility, state auditors found," San Antonio Express-News reports. NASFAA is qu...
  • Student Debt Surprise: How Veterans Get Loans Without Knowing It
    May 23, 2018 - "Jonathan Ngowaki was halfway through getting his undergraduate degree at DeVry University when he got a letter saying he was $15,000 in debt. The letter confused him not only because he’d told the school he didn’t want any loans, but als...
  • Making the Case for Pell
    May 18, 2018 - "With Congressional talks over next year's spending package having just begun, higher education groups are zeroing in on a stronger Pell Grant as a key demand for this funding cycle," Inside Higher Ed reports. NASFAA President Jus...
  • Bill Gates: The American College Financial Aid System Is Failing Students
    May 7, 2018 - "When Bill Gates spoke with college students recently about America's financial aid system, it sounded like they were describing a horror film. The students used words like 'scary,' 'nerve-wracking' and 'miserable,'" CNBC reports. "Writing about...
  • Tips for Repaying Student Loans Ahead of Schedule
    May 7, 2018 - "For many students, repaying college loans is an uphill battle that continues to steepen," according to The Wall Street Journal. "Some 44.7 million Americans were carrying student debt as of the fourth quarter of 2017, up from 22.5 million people in ...
  • Private Lenders Eye Graduate Loan Market
    May 4, 2018 - "Private lenders hold just a fraction of the outstanding student loan debt in the U.S. -- about 7.7 percent as of last year. But those companies have plans to grow their student loan holdings," Inside Higher Ed reports. NASFAA President Justin D...
  • University Revokes 50-Plus Full-Ride Scholarships; Recipients Did Nothing Wrong
    April 30, 2018 - "The University of Texas at Tyler found its calculations off for full-ride, four-year fellowships it offered. More fellowships were offered than were in the university's plan, and most of those offered the scholarships said that they planned to arriv...
  • GAO: Colleges, Consultants Game Rules to Lower Default Rates
    April 27, 2018 - "The chief accountability rule that to applies colleges and universities in the U.S. cuts off federal student aid money when institutions see a high proportion of students default on their loans in consecutive years," Inside Higher Ed reports. 
  • College’s First Test: How to Pay for It
    April 25, 2018 - "As students weigh their college acceptance offers ahead of the traditional May 1 deposit deadline, some may be struggling with how to compare the real costs of each school," according to The New York Times. "This year some of the neediest stude...
  • Bill Could Change Student Debt Repayment
    April 19, 2018 - "A U.S. bill that would drastically alter the student loan offering and repayment process is making its way through the U.S. House," the Northwest Missourian reports. "...In place of the loan forgiveness program would be a $25 minimum monthly payment...
  • #Fight4FinAid Becomes Rallying Cry on Twitter
    April 16, 2018 - "While we have been writing about and following the Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization for quite some time, the battle has moved to the social media arena. Led by NASFAA along with some of the regional financial aid profes...
  • How Does Education Affect Prisoners Upon Re-Entry?
    April 16, 2018 - "New secondary education efforts and funding to support it might help incarcerated individuals with re-entry into communities," according to The Sheridan Press. "...Pell Grants for prisoners were banned in the 1994 crime bill passed under President B...
  • College Transparency Act Would Alter Data Collection Mechanisms for Students
    April 13, 2018 - "Congress continues to consider various education reform policies as the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act draws closer, leading the Committee on Education and the Workforce to debate the College Transparency Act," according to The Dai...
  • Displaced by Ridley-Lowell Closure? Check Out These Resources
    April 9, 2018 - "The abrupt closure of Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute left many students, instructors and graduates with more questions than answers," the Poughkeepsie Journal reports. "...If you were enrolled in Ridley-Lowell when it closed, or if...
  • Don't Forget These College-Related Tax Benefits This Filing Season
    March 28, 2018 - "The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) has just published its 2017 Higher Education Tax Benefit Guide to help families learn about the credits and  deductions they can claim on their upcoming tax ret...
  • The 'Hidden Tax' That's Hiking Your Student Loan Costs
    March 28, 2018 - "Most student-loan borrowers aren't familiar with loan origination fees, and that's a problem. The fact is, loan origination fees can climb as high as 4% of your total student debt, with Uncle Sam cashing in to the tune of $8.1 billion in such fees i...
  • A Partial Fix
    March 26, 2018 - "The budget bill President Trump signed Friday fixes a technical problem for private scholarship providers that rely on federal student aid data to help students pay for college," Inside Higher Ed reports. "... 'The fix in the omn...
  • Newsmakers
    March 21, 2018 - "Kelly Morrissey, director of financial aid at Mount Wachusett Community College in Massachusetts, has been elected to serve a two-year term as a representative at large on the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators board," Comm...
  • How to Decode Your College Financial Aid Offer Letter
    March 21, 2018 - "It's college admission season, the time of year when you find out whether you're accepted by the schools you hope to attend this fall. It's also the time that you find out something else—how much financial aid the schools are offering you," ac...
  • Kids Miss College Because Their Parents Won’t Apply for Financial Aid
    March 20, 2018 - "A significant minority of high school seniors who wouldn't be able to afford college without financial help can't get their parents to sign the FAFSA," KPPC reports. NASFAA President Justin Draeger is quoted in the article.
  • Opinion: Cost of Living Estimates for Financial Aid Purposes: Should States Get Involved?
    March 20, 2018 - "The price of college has increased at rates that far exceed inflation and price growth in most other areas of the marketplace. For those working in higher education, issues surrounding college affordability have received increased attention given re...
  • Going to Summer School? Learn About Student Loans for Summer Classes First
    March 9, 2018 - "Going to school in the summer can be a wonderful way to complete your education more quickly or explore subjects you don't have the time to learn about during the school year. While attending summer school is often a smart move, there's one big catc...
  • What Families Need to Know to Compare Financial-Aid Packages
    March 5, 2018 - "Applying to college can be an arduous process. But perhaps what's even more difficult is deciphering financial-aid offers. That's because there is no universally adopted standard format for award letters (although there are efforts under way to make...
  • Missouri: MSSU, Crowder Worry About Federal Cuts to TRIO Programs
    February 28, 2018 - "Missouri Southern State University and Crowder College say they could lose nearly $4 million for federally funded student-aid programs under President Donald Trump's 2019 budget proposal," according to The Joplin Globe. "..National groups say they'r...
  • How is Financial Aid Changing and What are the Effects?
    February 27, 2018 - In an interview with HigherEdJobs, Andy Hibel spoke with NASFAA National Chair Billie Jo Hamilton, associate vice president of enrollment planning and management at University of South Florida. They discussed "how NASFAA is supporting higher educatio...
  • Lee's Dill Elected To Serve On NASFAA
    February 22, 2018 - "Marian Dill, director of financial aid at Lee University, has been elected to serve on the National Board of Directors for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. She was elected to a two-year term as a representative-at-la...
  • Federal Work-Study Fact-Checked
    February 20, 2018 - "One of the rare areas of agreement between Democrats and Republicans these days might surprise you: leaders of both parties are critical of a financial aid program that provides jobs to about 600,000 students," Kelly Field writes for the Education W...
  • How Older Workers Can Learn New Job Skills
    February 16, 2018 - "Career moves often require a skill refresh, or in some cases, even a serious hitting of the books. Once you decide what job you are aiming for, check to see the credentials required for the position. To get hired, you may first need to expand your s...
  • Winners and Losers in Work-Study Plan
    February 15, 2018 - "House Republicans' rewrite of the Higher Education Act was a dud in almost all respects for student aid advocates and higher education associations. But in its proposal for the Federal Work-Study formula, the bill appeared to deliver on calls to mak...
  • Discover the Universities Where Parents Borrow the Most
    February 14, 2018 - "A common criticism of the Parent PLUS program is that it desensitizes parents to the actual cost of college. Financial aid offices have an incentive to push parent loans, encouraging Mom and Pop to delay the reality of paying for college by b...
  • Trump Budget Proposal Takes Aim at IDR, PSLF, and Billions in Grants
    February 13, 2018 - "The administration’s budget proposal, like the PROSPER Act, puts an end to PSLF, a popular program that allows borrowers to have their loan balances forgiven after making 120 consecutive payments while working for nonprofit or government agenc...
  • Republicans Push for Limits on Grad School Loans
    February 7, 2018 - "A proposal put forward by House Republicans to place tighter limits on federal student loan borrowing by graduate students would be likely to 'severely depress the market' for advanced degrees — especially among students who aren't working or ...
  • Why an Update of Higher Ed's Sweeping Framework Could Be Years Away
    February 7, 2018 - "The Senate has held four hearings since the middle of January to discuss revamping the federal law governing higher education. But as momentum ramps up, signs of discord on fundamental issues may throw a wrench into the plan to reauthorize the law &...
  • Re: Jan. 27 Commentary, “De-escalation Policy Could Help Mend Community Trust.”
    February 3, 2018 - "As a student financial aid counselor, I am proud of the work by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators to advocate for strong federal student aid programs to increase access and affordability for low-income students in high...
  • College Student Aid at Risk in Congress
    January 31, 2018 - "A significant source of worry is the proposed elimination of one of the federal grant programs that targets the neediest students, the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) program," John Manning writes for Minnesota Private Colleges. "...
  • Higher-Ed Bill Opens New Battle Over Financial Aid for Undergrads
    January 30, 2018 - "The PROSPER Act cuts financial assistance for undergraduates, a move that will hurt many, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators said Jan. 24," the Carolina Journal reports. "...The bill scores high marks when it comes to c...
  • Questions About Student Aid Debit Card
    January 26, 2018 - "The Office of Federal Student Aid’s plans for a prepaid student aid card would position the office -- and the contractor it selects -- for a long-term, even lifelong, relationship with student borrowers, according to documents released this we...
  • No Restrictions on Item Buys With Student Aid Card: Official
    January 26, 2018 - "A proposed payment card with financial aid money on it wouldn’t stop college students from using it on liquor or a tattoo, the Education Department’s head of federal student aid said. Still, steps would be taken to try to ensure taxpayer...
  • National Committee Will Tackle Tough Issues in Higher Education
    January 26, 2018 - "To address some of the problems facing higher education in America, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) has convened a forward-thinking group of 50 experts, which it's calling Forward50. The national c...
  • Federal Shutdown Won’t Cause Chaos in Higher Ed — Unless It Drags On
    January 22, 2018 - "The federal shutdown that began on Friday at midnight will have a minimal effect on higher education — as long as the shop reopens soon, that is," according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. “..'Federal student-aid programs are ...
  • Betsy DeVos’ Student Loan Forgiveness Changes Could Make Getting Relief Harder For Some
    January 18, 2018 - "The Department of Education under Secretary Betsy DeVos is engaged in an effort to undo Obama-era regulations governing loan forgiveness among students who have been defrauded by their universities," Bustle reports. "The Department of Education 'cam...
  • With a Tax Deduction Gone, Is Home Equity a Smart Way to Pay for College?
    January 16, 2018 - "For parents facing the prospect of six-figure college bills, every bit of savings and every last tax break helps. So as Americans digested the details of the tax bill that passed last month, it was natural to lament the end of deductions for interes...
  • Expectations for Paying for College, Grad School in 2019
    January 11, 2018 - "Congress is expected to reauthorize the federal law governing higher education this year, which would most likely overhaul the federal student loan and work-study programs," according to U.S. News & World Report. NASFAA is quoted in the art...
  • How to Find College Aid—by Yourself or With Help
    January 9, 2018 - "Students seeking to lower their college tuition bill may be eligible for 'free money,' but tracking it down requires some homework," the Wall Street Journal reports. NASFAA's Megan Coval is quoted in the article. 
  • Proposal Would Raise the Bar for Borrowers Seeking Loan Relief
    January 3, 2018 - "The Department of Education will propose next week that borrowers be required to demonstrate their institution intended to mislead them before they can have their loans discharged," Inside Higher Ed reports.
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