NASFAA In the News

Below are NASFAA's recent appearances in the media. 

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Will Early FAFSA Mean Earlier Financial Aid Packages?
    September 1, 2016 - "November 1 sounds crazy early as a financial aid deadline. W. Kent Barnds knows that. To require that financial aid applications be submitted before high school seniors have proofread their application essays or even finished taking their SATs is a ...
  • 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...
  • Accelerated Financial Aid Deadlines Could Thwart New FAFSA Flexibility
    August 15, 2016 - "Filing the FAFSA--the Free Application for Federal Student Aid--is a must for all prospective college students. It determines eligibility for financial aid from the federal government and most other sources. The filing start-date has been moved up t...
  • 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...
  • Earlier FAFSA Popular, but Problematic, Too
    August 11, 2016 - "Advocates for students say a set of changes to the federal financial aid process for which they've long advocated will help many thousands of families who need federal aid to pay for college," Inside Higher Ed reports. "... Justin Draeger, [presiden...
  • 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.
  • How Much Does Living Off-Campus Cost? Who Knows?
    August 5, 2016 - "Location. Location. Location. That adage about real estate pricing takes on new meaning –– and some bewildering logic –– in the hands of college administrators," The New York Times reports. NASFAA is mentioned in this article...
  • Staking Out Sides on Student Debt Discharge
    August 2, 2016 - "... The department is looking to curb the activities of colleges that willfully mislead students on success in job placements, postgraduation income and loan repayments, among other measures. However, even down-the-middle groups like the National As...
  • Ideas for Improving Federal Work-Study
    July 25, 2016 - "One might think that college students given the opportunity for a part-time job would be delighted to pursue it. But according to a recent report by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), only about half of studen...
  • New Guidelines on Loan Servicing
    July 21, 2016 - "U.S. Education Secretary John King Jr. on Wednesday announced new guidelines that aim to provide more transparent information for borrowers and more accountability for the companies that manage repayment of federal student loans," Inside Higher Ed r...
  • 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. 
  • Study: Private Colleges Up Tuition Discounts
    July 19, 2016 - "Despite the annual sticker price shock, many students and their families are receiving tuition discounts at private colleges," according to U.S. News & World Report. "Under tuition discounting, a school offsets its published tuition price with g...
  • 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...
  • College Costs Are Out Of Control
    July 14, 2016 - "A college education is now the second-largest expense an individual is likely to make in a lifetime — right after purchasing a home. Ironically, one of the reasons the price tag continues to climb is the abundance of loan dollars that discoura...
  • More Flexibility on Loan Counseling
    July 14, 2016 - "College students who take out federal loans are required to receive counseling when they receive the loan and before they enter repayment, but not in between -- a source of frustration for financial aid administrators who say they are not able to ad...
  • Policy Analysts Propose ‘Rule of 10’ to Refocus on Students’ Financial Needs
    July 13, 2016 - "In an effort to refocus the student financial aid system on student needs and limitations, policy analysts unveiled a new paper Tuesday that espouses a 'Rule of 10' in which the net cost of college should equate 10 percent of a family's discretionar...
  • NASFAA Conference Attendees Share the Latest in College Financial Aid
    July 12, 2016 - "Financial aid professionals from around the U.S. have come together this week for the 50th anniversary conference of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). The purpose: To share the latest happenings in the indust...
  • When $300 Would Keep a Student From Dropping Out
    July 6, 2016 - "In Susan Warfield's world, keeping a student enrolled at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is often the result of a serendipitous encounter, a run-in with a someone in tears at a moment of crisis," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. "N...
  • 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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