NASFAA In the News

Below are NASFAA's recent appearances in the media. 

  • How Not To Be Fooled By College Award Letters
    April 27, 2017 - "Many times — maybe too many — high school seniors are just so happy to be accepted to their dream school that they don't give a second thought to the financial implications of their college choice. Then reality sinks in when they start d...
  • Education Department Relaxes Financial Aid Process in the Absence of IRS Tool
    April 25, 2017 - "The U.S. Education Department on Monday gave colleges flexibility in verifying applications for scholarships, grants and loans while an online tool used to apply for federal student aid is out of commission," The Washington Post reports. "Monda...
  • Flexibility for Colleges Affected by Data Tool Removal
    April 25, 2017 - "The Department of Education announced Monday that it would give added flexibility for colleges after the removal of a data retrieval tool created to simplify the financial aid process," Inside Higher Ed reports. "The National Association of Student ...
  • U.S. to Ease Financial-Aid Process for Students Affected by Shutdown of Application Tool
    April 25, 2017 - "The Department of Education moved to ease the burden on tens of thousands students facing extra scrutiny in the financial-aid process because of problems with an online tool that automatically imports information from tax returns into applications f...
  • What Betsy DeVos Wants To Do To Your Student Loans
    April 24, 2017 - "The tide is turning at the Department of Education. The Obama administration put rules in place to strengthen the rights of student borrowers and make debt repayment easier. But Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has already impeded some of those effor...
  • A Key Tool's Outage Threatens to Set Back Financial-Aid Reforms
    April 21, 2017 - "For years, it was the holy grail of simplifying federal financial aid: Prior-prior year," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. "... The changes took effect just six months ago. But already, some of the promise of the switch to prior-prior-year...
  • New York: Four Steps to Getting Free SUNY Tuition
    April 13, 2017 - "The state's plans to offer free SUNY tuition to income-eligible students has drawn national headlines, making New York the first in the nation with such a broad program," Democrat & Chronicle reports. NASFAA is mentioned in the article.
  • 5 Numbers to Check to Compare Financial Aid Awards
    April 13, 2017 - "After the initial celebration of receiving college acceptance letters, it’s time to dig into the hard – and sometimes confusing – work of comparing financial aid packages," according to U.S. News & World Report. NASFAA's K...
  • U.S. Alters Rules for Picking Student Loan Servicers
    April 12, 2017 - "Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday withdrew guidance issued by the Obama administration aimed at improving the contracting process for student loan servicers," Inside Higher Ed reports. NASFAA President Justin Draeger is quoted.
  • IRS Data Retrieval Shutdown Makes Student Applications for College Aid Difficult
    April 10, 2017 - "An online tool that helped college students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application for financial assistance has been taken offline until the fall," Breitbart reports. NASFAA President Justin Drae...
  • Everybody In Washington Agrees That This Is a Problem. So Why Won't They Fix It?
    April 10, 2017 - "Despite worsening political divisions on other issues, here's one thing lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree on: Applying for college financial aid is needlessly complicated for many families," Money reports. NASFAA's Megan Coval is quote...
  • FAFSA Tool Outage: Students It Affects Most and How to Cope
    April 5, 2017 - "Applying for financial aid for the 2017-18 school year is proving to be a bigger headache than usual for college students and their families –– especially those who are low-income," NerdWallet reports. NASFAA is mentioned in this article...
  • Loan Forgiveness Uncertainty
    April 5, 2017 - "Student loan borrowers who entered into lower-paying public service careers with the expectation that their debt would eventually be wiped out by the federal government shouldn't bank on assurances from government contractors that they qualify for l...
  • Experts, Students Concerned About Financial Aid in Trump's Proposed Budget
    April 4, 2017 - "Students and financial aid experts are concerned about the future of federal financial aid after President Donald Trump released a preliminary federal budget last month," The GW Hatchet reports. NASFAA is mentioned in this article.
  • How Schools Are Like Uber, Trump U Settlement, And Other Education News Of The Week
    April 4, 2017 - "... In a surprise announcement Thursday, the IRS warned students who need help paying for college that they're on their own filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA," NPR reports. NASFAA President Justin Draeger is quo...
  • FAFSA Tool Won't Be Fixed Until Fall, Feds Say
    April 4, 2017 - "The Internal Revenue Service and Education Department announced earlier this month that a tool for helping students apply for federal financial aid would be offline for several weeks––but now both agencies are saying it won't be back unt...
  • The FAFSA's Midterm Grade
    April 3, 2017 - "When Marie Groark, the executive director of the Get Schooled Foundation, contacted the California Student Aid Commission in January, she was expecting to hear good news about students completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA...
  • Students Should Worry About Donald Trump’s Proposed Work-Study Cut, Experts Say
    April 3, 2017 - "Jenna Rappel works as a main desk assistant in the DellPlain residence hall at Syracuse University, answering phone calls, organizing mail and handling other administrative jobs at the dorm. Rappel, a freshman retail management major, said she might...
  • States Increasingly Moving to Address Higher Ed Affordability
    March 31, 2017 - "As less focus is placed on college affordability at the federal level, a number of states are renewing their attention on the topic, and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators notes that almost every state governor has high...
  • Feds Pull Financial Aid Tool After Potential Data Breach
    March 31, 2017 - "Families applying for federal student aid are facing extra hurdles this year after a potential data breach led federal officials to remove an online tool that smoothed the process," the Associated Press reports. NASFAA President Justin Draeger&...
  • Applying for Financial Aid is Going to be Harder This Year
    March 31, 2017 - "An online resource that makes it easier for millions of students to apply for college scholarships, grants and loans will be out of commission until next year, putting them at risk of losing out on financial aid," The Washington Post reports. N...
  • Key Financial Aid Tool Could Be Down for Months
    March 31, 2017 - "The Department of Education and the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday that an important online tool for financial aid applicants could be down for months while protections are added to protect the security of users," Inside Higher Ed repor...
  • GNTC’s Stephen Andersen Advocates For Student Aid In Washington D.C.
    March 29, 2017 - "Stephen Andersen, executive director of Financial Aid at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC), took part in a leadership symposium for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) in Washington, D.C.," The Chata...
  • FAFSA Tool Removal Creates Hurdles For Students
    March 28, 2017 - "The Office of Financial Aid has been monitoring the implications of the IRS’ sudden decision to discontinue its Data Retrieval Tool, a web function that simplifies the process of providing tax information," according to the Yale Daily News. "E...
  • Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Students' Federal Work-Study Programs
    March 28, 2017 - "In between her classes in social work, Francine Barone drives twice each week to homes near Community College of Allegheny County’s South Campus to look after elderly women who only months ago were strangers to her. ... She fully expected that...
  • Tax Tips for College Students (and Their Parents)
    March 27, 2017 - "Forget final exams. The stressful season for many students – and their families – is tax time," according to U.S. News & World Report. "'Some [loans] are taxable and some aren’t, which can be confusing,' says Megan Coval, vice ...
  • What the Suspension of This IRS Tax Tool Means for Students Applying for Financial Aid
    March 27, 2017 - "Right now is crunch time for high school seniors and college students all across the country who are applying for financial aid to help cover the cost of college, but a big wrench has been thrown into the middle of the process for some due to the te...
  • Black Colleges Take 'Devastating Hit' in Trump's Budget
    March 23, 2017 - "President Donald Trump’s so-called 'skinny budget' proposes spending cuts that could have a severe impact on black colleges, according to advocates for those institutions," Del Marva Now reports. NASFAA is mentioned in the article.
  • This News Could Affect Your Student Loans
    March 22, 2017 - "If you turned off the news, ignored the notifications on your phone or simply couldn’t keep up the past few weeks, it’s time to catch up on some major events in higher education financing," according to Nerd Wallet. NASFAA is mentioned i...
  • Protecting Pell? Critics Say Budget Wouldn't
    March 17, 2017 - "The document outlining the Trump administration's first budget, released in a bare-bones outline Thursday, states that the White House plan 'safeguards' the Pell Grant program and would leave the key financial aid source for needy students on 'sound...
  • Work-Study Worries
    March 17, 2017 - "Emily Rutledge spends 16 hours a week in the University of North Georgia's university relations office for her federal work-study job, tracking times the press mentions the university, helping to coordinate logistics for events like commencement and...
  • Higher Ed Leaders Lambaste Federal Budget Proposal
    March 17, 2017 - "While the federal budget proposal released by the White House stresses national security and public safety, higher education leaders blasted the spending blueprint Thursday as one that will make college less accessible, less affordable and set back ...
  • Filing for Federal College Aid Without an I.R.S. Shortcut
    March 16, 2017 - "For years, the annual chore of completing a crucial financial aid form for college has been eased by a handy digital tool that automatically transfers a family's tax return data into the online form," The New York Times reports. "But the Internal Re...
  • Seeking Help for Those Hurt by IRS Blunder
    March 15, 2017 - "The Department of Education should give a break to financial aid applicants after an automated IRS data tool was shut down more than a week ago, say the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and several other college access gr...
  • How a FAFSA Malfunction Could Delay Student Aid
    March 15, 2017 - "On March 3, students looking to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) were met with a surprise: The online application’s data-retrieval tool, which helps to automatically enter information from their tax returns, had ma...
  • A Fumble on a Key Fafsa Tool, and a Failure to Communicate
    March 14, 2017 - "Applying for financial aid for college got a lot harder this month, in the thick of application season, but it took federal agencies nearly a week to explain what was happening," according to The New York Times' The Upshot. "The National Association...
  • Students Scramble After IRS Takes Down Financial-Aid Tool
    March 14, 2017 - "For some high school seniors across the country scrambling to get their application for college financial aid filed by the deadline, the process last week got a little more complicated – as the IRS took offline a much-used data retrieval tool ...
  • Without IRS Tool, Families Scramble to Fill Out Financial Aid Forms
    March 14, 2017 - "It's FAFSA season, when families apply for federal aid to pay for college. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool makes it easier for applicants to add the required tax information to their forms by transferring it directly from the IRS. Or it did. The IRS has...
  • How Scholarship Websites Sell Students' Information to Colleges and Publishers
    March 13, 2017 - "'You are two minutes from your chance to win $10,000!' crows the ScholarshipPoints website. No pesky essay or academic or extracurricular information required," the Hechinger Report writes. "All you need to do to get that scholarship? Fill out as ma...
  • Applying For Financial Aid Just Got Harder. Blame the IRS
    March 13, 2017 - "Just as millions of students are facing financial aid deadlines, the federal government has disabled a tool that made it easier for families to fill out the single most important form – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid," according ...
  • Congress Erases K-12 Rules, a Financial Aid Foul-Up and Other Education News
    March 13, 2017 - "First, the website that provides help to families of students with disabilities went down last month with little explanation. Now, it's the IRS' Data Retrieval Tool. If those words, 'Data Retrieval Tool,' put you to sleep, it means you're not a high...
  • Opinion: IRS Data Retrieval Tool Outage Brings Applying for College Financial Aid to a Halt
    March 13, 2017 - "I highly doubt this will affect any student's individual aid award for the 2017-2018 academic year because colleges are aware of the situation and the Department of Education and the aid agencies at the state level will likely authorize college aid ...
  • IRS, Education Department Turn Off Tool in Financial-Aid Application on Fears of Data Breach
    March 10, 2017 - "Concerns about a potential security breach have prompted the federal government to shut down a key link in the website current and prospective college students use to apply for financial aid, complicating efforts by millions of students to file for ...
  • Digital Student-Aid Form Takes A Hit As IRS Data Retrieval Tool Goes Down
    March 10, 2017 - "The Internal Revenue Service’s data retrieval tool, a federal tax service that is vital to the federal student aid application process, is down due to technical issues, according to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrat...
  • Irretrievable Aid Data
    March 10, 2017 - "Six days after the Internal Revenue Service's data retrieval tool for the federal financial aid system went down, the Department of Education and IRS said Thursday they anticipate the tool will be unavailable for several more weeks," Inside Higher E...
  • Feds Disable Key Financial Aid Tool, Citing Data Security Concerns
    March 10, 2017 - "The IRS and Education Department confirmed late Thursday that the federal government purposefully shut off an online tool used by millions of students each year to apply for federal student aid," Politico Pro's Morning Education reports.  "Just...
  • IRS Data Retrieval Tool Down
    March 9, 2017 - "With state and institutional aid deadlines fast approaching -- some as soon as this week -- the IRS Data Retrieval Tool that allows students and families to transfer their federal tax data directly into the Free Application for Federal Student Aid i...
  • Federal Tool To Help Financial Aid Applicants Goes Dark
    March 9, 2017 - "A federal tool that millions of students rely on each year to help them fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid has stopped working," Politico Pro's Morning Education reports. " Justin Draeger, president of the National Associatio...
  • How to Decode Your College Financial-Aid Offer
    March 9, 2017 - "You just got accepted into college. Now it's time for you—and often your family—to figure how to pay for it. That means wading through college offers of financial aid, which usually arrive the same time as the acceptance letters," accord...
  • Financial Aid Administrators Storm The Hill
    March 1, 2017 - "At least 140 college financial aid administrators are scheduled to meet with congressional lawmakers today to make requests such as eliminating the provision requiring colleges to enforce selective service registration and simplifying the federal fo...
  • Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (2/24/2017)
    February 22, 2017 - NASFAA's 2004-2005 National Chair George Chin was included in a list of recent appointments, resignations, and deaths compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • The Conservative Approach to Student Loans
    February 22, 2017 - "...Progressive policy groups, organizations advocating for student access and higher ed institutions themselves would oppose proposals to eliminate PLUS loans entirely, even if they would be open to reevaluating the programs," Inside Higher Ed repor...
  • Earlier Deadline On FAFSA Helps Families Get A Start On College Aid
    February 10, 2017 - "Last fall, students were offered a head start on one of most onerous parts of the college application process: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid," The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "NCAN and other observers like the National Associatio...
  • Obama's Higher Education Record: A Low Bar for Betsy DeVos
    February 7, 2017 - "With Betsy DeVos likely to be confirmed today as the Secretary of Education, critics will continue to frame her as dangerously inexperienced," Jason Delisle writes for the American Enterprise Institute. "... But critics should grade DeVos on a curve...
  • Donald Trump Could Bring Big Changes to Higher Education, But Plans Are Mostly Unknown
    February 6, 2017 - "Donald Trump's administration could reshape the way millions of Americans pay for college by changing the federal government's role in student loans, and loosen regulations on universities and their researchers," The Journal Times reports. NASFAA's ...
  • Default Rates Highlight Growing Student Loan Crisis
    February 2, 2017 - " ... Nearly 40 percent of student loan borrowers are either in default or more than 90 days past-due on their payments, according to a new report from the think tank Demos," Marketplace reports. "'That’s really the hidden story of student loan...
  • Minnesota: Changes to FAFSA Apps Lead to Slowdown for UMN, Other Colleges
    January 31, 2017 - "A change in the federal student aid application has been causing headaches and slowdowns in some colleges' financial aid offices this year. Updates to Free Application for Federal Student Aid requirements have forced some student aid administrators ...
  • What You Need to Know About Your College Financial Aid Offer This Year
    January 6, 2017 - "College admission season is approaching fast. And because of a new date for federal financial aid applications, many students will be getting financial aid offers earlier from colleges that accept them," according to Consumer Reports. NASFAA Preside...
  • 10 States With the Cheapest Tuition at Public Universities
    January 6, 2017 - "Earning a college degree doesn’t have to leave you broke. Depending on where you live, you might be able to obtain a top-notch education on the cheap," according to Yahoo! Finance.
  • Implications of Tuition-Free Programs
    January 5, 2017 - "This week, New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to help students get through college debt-free. The plan would provide free tuition to a State University of New York or City University of New York college, including two-year community...
  • NASFAA Task Force Report on Free College Plans
    January 4, 2017 - "After a debate over addressing the cost of college occupied much of the Democratic presidential primary, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators assembled a task force in June to assess both existing and proposed free colleg...
  • Unintended Consequences
    January 4, 2017 - "Jennifer Buckles, the director of financial aid at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has seen about 2 percent of federal student aid applications filed this academic year by returning and incoming students at the campus flagged for changes...
  • New Report Looks at State and Local Tuition- and Debt-Free College Plans
    January 4, 2017 - "In the wake of the Republicans reclaiming the White House, tuition-free college at the federal level—a centerpiece of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign—is unlikely to move forward any time soon," the American Council...
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