NASFAA In the News

  • Kids Before Cons Act Aims To Fight Pell Grants for Prisoners
    August 3, 2015 - "The Obama administration moved Friday to make state and federal prisoners eligible for Pell grants, reversing a two-decade-old policy that was a signature of the 'Tough on Crime' era," Politico reports.
  • A Proposed Path to a Simplified FAFSA
    August 3, 2015 - "The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is working on ways to streamline the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)," the American Council on Education's Higher Education Today reports.
  • Federal Subsidized Student Loans To Affluent Families Nearly Tripled In 4 Years
    July 31, 2015 - "Federal subsidized student loans to higher income families nearly tripled in the four years after the start of the recession, according to a report issued this week by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators," according to F...
  • Financial Aid Professionals Propose Three Paths for FAFSA Forms
    July 31, 2015 - "Although many proposals have been floating around Washington to simplify the Free Application for Student Financial Aid, professionals who deal with campus financial aid programs believe they have found a solution that strikes just the right balance...
  • How to Simplify the Fafsa? Student-Aid Officials’ Group Weighs In
    July 30, 2015 - "The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is out with recommendations for how to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the Fafsa," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports in The Ticker.
  • National Student Financial Aid Profile Finds Dramatic Increase in Need
    July 29, 2015 - "The number of students applying for federal financial aid grew 62 percent over five years, from 19 million in 2007-2008 to 31 million in 2011-2012. As Congress debates reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, a national organization of financial...
  • Indiana University Used This One Weird Trick To Cut Student Debt
    July 28, 2015 - "Students are graduating with more debt than ever before: about $33,000 for the average four-year college graduate with loans in the class of 2014. Indiana University, though, found a simple way to get students to borrow less: telling them how much t...
  • Facing More Regulations, Aid Offices Struggle to Serve Students
    July 22, 2015 - "Like many campus offices, financial aid is doing more with less. The pattern looks like this: More students are applying for aid, and more aid is being awarded, but aid offices’ operating budgets are flat, according to a report released t...
  • Experts Debate The Merits Of Calling Student Debt A ‘Crisis’
    July 22, 2015 - "Is student debt a 'crisis'? It depends on who you ask and who you’re talking about. That was one of the main takeaways from a live debate between experts here about the appropriate way to portray the nation’s $1.2 trillion student debt p...
  • Student Debt Protesters Disrupt Student Financial-Aid Parade
    July 22, 2015 - "A group of student protesters disrupted a parade of student financial-aid administrators on Monday in New Orleans, demanding that a college education should be free of all costs for everyone," The Daily Caller reported.
  • What This CSI Star And Barack Obama Have In Common
    July 21, 2015 - "Without student loan debt, Hill Harper may have never appeared in nearly 200 episodes of CSI:NY or invested in a hotel here, and he certainly wouldn’t have met a young then-Harvard law student named Barack Obama," Marketwatch reports. "Harper ...
  • Debt Protesters Disrupt Student-Aid Group’s Parade
    July 21, 2015 - "A small but vocal group of student borrowers crashed a parade of financial-aid administrators here on Monday, demanding free college for all," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. "'They have legitimate concerns,' [NASFAA Presid...
  • Debt Protesters Target Aid Officers
    July 21, 2015 - "With that warning, several dozen student activists, staged strategically at a corner bar, finished their drinks, gathered their protest signs, and geared up for action," Inside Higher Ed reports. "The target? Hundreds of college financial ...
  • Strike Debt: Occupy Offshoot Fights for Students at New Orleans Parade
    July 21, 2015 - "It has been almost four years since the Occupy movement came to life in Zuccotti Park, at the heart of Wall Street. Today the park has been reclaimed by tourists, bankers and traders, and the Occupy movement seems to be just a footnote in the histor...
  • Advocates for Debt-Free College Crash Financial Aid Conference
    July 21, 2015 - "As a self-described 'financial aid geek,' Dawn Lueck rarely missed a gathering of her colleagues in the more than 12 years she worked in the financial aid offices at for-profit schools," MarketWatch reports. "But this week Lueck, 34, travelled ...
  • The $150 Million Question - What Does Federal Regulation Really Cost Colleges?
    July 17, 2015 - "...The [Government Accountability Office]... found that the large number of regulations governing student financial aid were 'the most burdensome' on colleges and universities," according to The Hechinger Report. "Nearly half of financial aid o...
  • The $339,200 College Debt Example Hurts More Than It Helps
    July 14, 2015 - "Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley revealed last week that he and his wife borrowed $339,200 to put their two eldest children through college, the latest of many scary anecdotes about massive student loans," Reuters reports. "...
  • $339K in Debt for 2 Daughters
    July 10, 2015 - "[M]any student aid experts were stunned Wednesday to read how Martin O'Malley... explained his commitment to creating a debt-free college option for students and families," Inside Higher Ed reports. "'Maybe what we should take from Governor O&r...
  • Universities Deal With New Cost-Of-Attendance Stipend For Athletes
    July 6, 2015 - "Ohio State may have the hottest football program in the country. ... But there is one thing he can’t offer that some rivals can: a couple thousand extra bucks," the Toledo Blade reports. "Justin Draeger, president of the National Association o...
  • The US Government’s Predatory-Lending Program
    June 19, 2015 - "The fast-growing federal program known as Parent PLUS now serves 3.2 million borrowers, who have racked up $65 billion in debt helping their kids go to school," Politico reports. "'We definitely support new underwriting standards. Parents are gettin...
  • Full Cost Of Attendance Will Benefit Student-Athletes, But Raises Questions From Many
    June 13, 2015 - "... Scholarship athletes such as Drango, who will enroll in graduate-level courses this fall, and his roommates will get a boost starting in the upcoming school year as they will start receiving full cost of attendance benefits as part of NCAA’s new...
  • Overseeing The Outsourced
    June 8, 2015 - "Colleges in recent years have increasingly turned to outside companies to manage parts of the financial aid process and provide other services to students. And the boom in outsourcing now has federal regulators racing to keep up," Inside Higher Ed r...
  • Opinion: The Work-Study Dilemma: Is The Money Worth The Time?
    June 3, 2015 - "While work-study provides many students with the opportunity to afford college and gain working experience, Martinez’s situation demonstrates a paradox of the program: while it grants students 'the college experience,' it can also detract from it," ...
  • Opinion: Paying For College Is Parents' Responsibility
    June 1, 2015 - Bankrate asked: "Should students be asked to pay for their college education? Should parents be expected to foot the bill?" NASFAA President Justin Draeger penned the following viewpoint.
  • SEC Coaches Are Increasingly Skeptical Of Cost Of Attendance Figures
    May 29, 2015 - "By nature, football coaches can be a distrusting group of people. Now multiply that 10-fold in the SEC, throw in new money for players that in some cases will differ by a couple thousand dollars between schools, and you get skeptical SEC eyes over c...
  • 3 Tips for Securing Student Loan Forgiveness
    May 28, 2015 - "...About 36,000 students have failed to meet the requirements since the [TEACH grant] program's launch and an estimated 75 percent won't complete the necessary steps in the future, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. ...With numb...
  • 3 Myths About 529 Benefit Plans
    May 26, 2015 - "...Many myths circulate about the impact of 529 savings plans on a person’s ability to receive financial aid or attend certain colleges," Employee Benefit News reports. "The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators attempts to de...
  • 529 Plans Can Help You Save For College, So Let’s Get Started With The Basics
    May 26, 2015 - "There is a lot you need to know about your finances. So, I’m giving you a pass if you don’t know what a 529 plan is. And many of you don’t, according to a recent survey by Edward Jones Investments," Michelle Singletary writes for The Washington Post...
  • Commentary: 5/29 Is An Important Date For College Savings Accounts
    May 26, 2015 - "Friday is May 29, expressed in analog as 5/29. Each year the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and other groups use the date to educate students and families on the various methods of paying for a college education," Georg...
  • NASFAA Work Will Help Clarify Award Letters
    May 19, 2015 - "NASFAA’s Statement of Ethical Principles supports transparency and clarity and full disclosure on award letters to help educate students and families," The National College Access Network (NCAN) writes.
  • CFPB Holds A Field Hearing On Student Loan Servicing Issues
    May 19, 2015 - "On May 14th, the same day that the CFPB launched a public inquiry into student loan servicing loan practices (the 'Request for Information'), the CFPB held a public field hearing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to address issues with the student loan servic...
  • A Student Loan Primer For The Most Indebted Class In History
    May 15, 2015 - "Repayment options change, so keep abreast of new developments, says Megan McClean, managing director of policy and federal relations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, a professional group in Washington," The Boston...
  • As Concern Over Student-Loan Servicers Grows, A Watchdog Steps Up Scrutiny
    May 14, 2015 - "The nation’s top consumer watchdog is stepping up its oversight of student-loan servicers, the agency announced on Thursday. ... In February the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators issued a report recommending ways to improv...
  • New Congressional Caucus Champions HBCUs
    May 12, 2015 - "According to data from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, enrollment at HBCUs fell 3.4 percent for fall 2012,"The New Tri-State Defender reports.
  • A Way To Pay For College That Doesn’t Involve Borrowing Money
    May 12, 2015 - "San Jose State is one of many schools that offer monthly payment plans that let students spread out the cost of school over the fall and spring semesters. ... 'It’s a way to make college affordable and help families budget their funds, but you have ...
  • Roundup: Applicants Face Confusing Financial Aid Letters; LA Offers Teachers Workforce Housing
    May 8, 2015 - "Now, a task force convened by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is urging colleges to simplify the way they notify families about financial-aid offers," The Seattle Times reports.
  • Implement Best Practices for Helping Students Understand, Manage Debt
    May 7, 2015 - "Understanding indebtedness is a shared partnership between the students and the institution, said Jesse O’Connell, assistant director for federal relations for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators," Enrollment Management ...
  • One Easy Fix That Could Make College Financial Aid Simpler And Better
    May 7, 2015 - "In a new paper, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators says students and families would be much better off if the federal government allowed them to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) the Septembe...
  • Confusing Financial Aid Letters Leave Students, Parents Adrift
    May 7, 2015 - "It was three years ago that a task force on this topic set up by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, or NASFAA, urged changes to financial aid notifications, saying that 'a well-presented, easy-to-understand financial a...
  • The Pros And Cons Of 'Prior-Prior Year' Data
    May 7, 2015 - "The advantages of allowing families using prior-prior year income data on federal financial aid applications far outweigh the concerns, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators says in a new report," POLITICO Pro reports.
  • Schools Spend Nearly 1,000,000 Hours Complying With IPEDS. Let’s Cut That By 2/3!
    May 5, 2015 - "Perhaps this is why such a broad coalition of institutional associations support a student unit record system. ... Also included in the list of supporters are many of the front-line workers who face burden on a day-to-day basis: the National Associa...
  • Financial Aid: It’s Not Too Late
    May 2, 2015 - "Some free aid still is up for grabs, including scholarships from nonprofits, banks and others. There also are lower-cost alternatives to traditional college loans, including payment plans that don't charge interest," The Wall Street Journal reports,...
  • Video: College Students Turn To Crowdfunding To Pay High Tuition Costs
    May 1, 2015 - "Rather than taking out huge loans, some are finding creative new ways to own their futures," including using Crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe, NBC Nightly News reports. "A good rule of thumb for a student is they shouldn't take out more in loan debt...
  • Knock-On Effects Of PLUS Loan Changes At Historically Black Colleges
    April 24, 2015 - "April is almost over. But one issue that grabbed headlines during National Financial Literacy Month is the recently released Department of Education (DOE) report on the tightened credit standards for the PLUS Loan," USBE Online reports. "Writing in ...
  • How To Appeal College Financial Aid Offers
    April 24, 2015 - "By now, most prospective college students have received their letters of acceptance and are weighing their financial aid packages. But what if the financial aid offer at your preferred school isn’t what you had hoped?" The New York Times asks. "'The...
  • Navigating The Thickets Of Student Loan Counseling
    April 24, 2015 - "As a former student loan borrower himself, President Obama has more than a passing familiarity with the complexities of higher education finance. But in a little-noticed bit of comment last year in an interview with David Karp, the founder of Tumblr...
  • Financial Aid Offices Burdened With Compliance, Seek Federal Relief
    April 23, 2015 - "Paperwork related to regulation is impairing the ability of financial aid staff to help college students," Campus Technology reports. "That's the conclusion in a report aptly named, '2015 Administrative Burden Survey,' produced by the National Assoc...
  • Financial-Aid Offices Continue To Experience Resource Shortages
    April 22, 2015 - "Following up on a similar effort several years back, the [National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators] surveyed its members to determine the resource shortages they face, the causes of those shortages, and their impact on students,"...
  • Campuses: Fix Financial Aid Regs
    April 22, 2015 - "In 2010, a National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators study revealed that campuses were struggling from a shortage of resources due to a greater compliance workload — and student support services were suffering as a result. A new f...
  • Financial Education Fix For Student Loan Crisis
    April 20, 2015 - "A new study conducted by TG, the nonprofit organization I lead, and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has identified two key problems with the existing student counseling program," James Patterson, president and CEO of...
  • How Colleges Are Squeezing Students On Financial Aid
    April 17, 2015 - "'The numbers are what they are, but there are so many reasons why it might be happening,' said Megan McClean, managing director of policy and federal relations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators," according to The He...
  • A Graduate Degree That Really Does Pay Off
    April 13, 2015 - "'It's always better to go to federal loans first because of their protections, like income-contingent payment plans or the potential for loan forgiveness if you work in public service,' says Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of S...
  • Does FAFSA.com Con Its Way Into The Wallets Of The Uninitiated?
    April 10, 2015 - "The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (www.nasfaa.org) has FAFSA worksheets and other information on its Website," MainStreet reports.
  • The Feds Can Make This Change Today and Help Students Better Afford College Tomorrow -- So Why Haven't They?
    April 9, 2015 - "What if, with just one small change, we could give families an earlier estimate of college costs, reduce the need for duplicative updates of financial aid applications, and alleviate some of the administrative burden on schools so staff have more ti...
  • It’s Fafsa Season, And A New Crop Of High Schoolers Is Discovering Its Complexity
    April 8, 2015 - "It’s the final Fafsa workshop at H.D. Woodson High School in Northeast Washington, and Charles Coleman is bent over a computer in a room lined with college pennants, filling out the federal application for student aid," The Chronicle of Higher Educa...
  • Meet The People Who Will Maximize Your Financial Aid — For A Fee
    April 7, 2015 - "April can be a month of disappointment for many prospective college students. There are, of course, those thin envelopes that come in the mail signaling rejection, but there’s also another kind of letdown: finding out you got into a school and reali...
  • 7 Ways To Maximize College Financial Aid
    April 3, 2015 - "As if college applications weren't stressful enough, students readying for college face another nerve-wracking challenge: finding financial aid," NBC Bay Area reports. "Justin Draeger, the president of the National Association of Student Financial A...
  • Does Counseling Help With College?
    April 1, 2015 - "A proliferation of student loan counseling mandates handed down by Congress over the last 30 years may be hampering students’ abilities to understand and retain the information, the report from TG and the National Association of Student Financial Ai...
  • 7 Questions Every College Student Should Ask About Financial Aid
    April 1, 2015 - "Paying for college can be more stressful than getting into college — and the way schools explain their aid packages doesn't always help," Vox reports. "Don't tackle student loan debt on a year-to-year basis, says Justin Draeger, president of the Nat...
  • ‘Risk Sharing’ Is All The Rage. Is It A Good Idea?
    April 1, 2015 - "'Risk sharing' — the idea that colleges should bear some of the cost when their students default on federal loans — is catching on in Congress," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. NASFAA President Justin Draeger "said there’s an easier way t...
  • Financial Aid Forms Come Under Scrutiny
    March 30, 2015 - "As the federal deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid approaches — a form that students must complete in order to determine their eligibility for financial assistance — efforts have increased to guide students through the often ar...
  • Many Teach Grants Turn Into Loans; Report Asks Department To Find Out Why
    March 27, 2015 - "The fact that so many [TEACH] grants convert to loans is one reason many colleges choose not to participate, said Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators," The Chronicle of Higher Education repor...
  • Improve The Financial Aid Process To Extend College Access And Aid To More Students
    March 25, 2015 - "A 2013 study by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) showed using prior-prior year data could give students the information they need to make financial decisions earlier in the process without significantly impac...
  • Informed Or Overwhelmed? TG Releases Report On How Federal Policies Have Shaped Students' Understanding Of Loan Counseling
    March 25, 2015 - "TG, in consultation with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), has released the second of five reports on the efficacy of federal student loan counseling," Yahoo! Finance reports.
  • Planning For College Just Got Easier
    March 24, 2015 - "While hundreds of school nationwide have experimented with or offer fixed-rate tuition for students, according to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, those offers do not include room and board," Business NH Magazine rep...
  • Georgia: GNTC Official Discusses Student-Aid Changes In Washington, D.C.
    March 20, 2015 - "Amber Singletary, associate director of financial aid at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, recently visited Washington, D.C., to participate in a leadership symposium for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators," the R...
  • Managing Student Loan Debt As An Older Adult
    March 19, 2015 - "Karen McCarthy, senior policy analyst for the Washington-based National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, says a viable education financing strategy means thinking ahead," The New York Times reports.
  • Simplifying FAFSA Isn't So Simple
    March 18, 2015 - "In general, proponents of change argue it is too long, asking for more information than necessary and creating barriers for access to federal funds for the students who need them most. Karen McCarthy, a senior policy analyst for the National Associa...
  • GOP Would Freeze Pell
    March 18, 2015 - "The prospect of significant shifts in policy outside of the normal budgeting process worries Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, who said student aid programs could be 'collateral damage' in...
  • Commentary: Tax Savings Can Ease Higher Education Costs, But Benefits Often Go Unclaimed
    March 16, 2015 - "Every year around tax time, I ponder this mystery: Why do so many people fail to claim tax credits and tax deductions for which they qualify?" David Slade writes for The Post and Courier, in an article that recommends NASFAA's tax guide.
  • Five Hot Tips For College Financial Aid
    March 13, 2015 - "According to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), a group of college financial aid professionals, origination fees are the following," John Wasik writes for Forbes.
  • How Incorrect Obamacare Tax Forms Could Impact Students Applying For Financial Aid
    March 12, 2015 - "Erroneous information given to Affordable Care Act enrollees on a crucial form needed to file tax returns will delay refunds for tens of thousands of Americans. Now, students applying for federal and state financial aid can feel the effects of the g...
  • Obama’s Student Loan Bill Of Rights: Will It Fix Anything?
    March 11, 2015 - "President Obama issued an executive memorandum Tuesday to the Department of Education and other federal agencies to do more to help student loan borrowers afford their debt payments," Credit.com reports. "'I think it’s really encouraging to see a pu...
  • 6 Ways The New ‘Student Aid Bill Of Rights’ Will Help Borrowers
    March 10, 2015 - "President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a 'student aid bill of rights' that offers about a half-dozen small but important improvements for the 40 million Americans who are dealing with student loans," Time reports. "A simple centralized website w...
  • The Magic Trick That Could Help Students Pay For College
    March 4, 2015 - These days, lots of politicians are talking about shrinking the FAFSA. ... That raises the most important question: Is that even possible?" NPR asks. "'The answer is "No, it's not possible,"' says Justin Draeger of the National Association of Student...
  • Shrink The FAFSA? Good Luck With That
    March 4, 2015 - "Look closely. Buried deep in President Obama's 2016 budget (page 41) is a proposal to cut up to 30 questions from the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)," NPR reports. "To be clear, the CSS PROFILE is only used by a small minority of t...
  • Navigating The FAFSA Is Worth The Effort For College Aid
    March 1, 2015 - "A mid-winter ritual is on millions of families’ calendars this month, and it wasn't about asking a large rodent named Phil for a weather forecast," The Deseret News reports. "According to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrat...
  • NASFAA Task Force Report: Servicing Issues
    February 26, 2015 - "A recent report from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) made recommendations to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on ways to improve federal student loan servicing," New America's Postsecondary National Pol...
  • Why American Students Are Struggling With – And Defaulting On – Small Debts
    February 23, 2015 - "Student loan balances climbed to $1.2 trillion at the end of 2014, and delinquencies are rising even as they fall for most other types of debt," PBS NewsHour reports. "Judy Woodruff learns more from Megan McClean of the National Association of Stude...
  • College Freshmen Need To Beware Of Bait-And-Switch Aid Offers
    February 23, 2015 - "Families receiving college financial aid offers this spring should beware: what they see this year may not be what they get next year," Reuters reports. "Most colleges try to offer consistent aid packages throughout a student's career, and there are...
  • Opinion: The Case For Raising The Student Borrowing Age In The US
    February 20, 2015 - "The rationale for a minimum student borrowing age — and no such standard currently exists at the federal level, according to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators — would be exactly the same as the one for the drinking age...
  • Making Loan Counseling Count
    February 20, 2015 - "The current design, content and length [of the existing loan counseling module] 'drains most users of their attention, focus, and tolerance long before the end,' TG Research and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators found,...
  • Student-Loan Counseling Has Room For Improvement, Study Finds
    February 19, 2015 - TG "worked with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators to create recommendations for improving the content of, design of, and policies for exit counseling,"The Chronicle of Higher Education's The Ticker blog reports.
  • This Week: FAFSA Simplification / The Wisconsin Idea
    February 13, 2015 - In the latest installment of Inside Higher Ed's This Week podcast, NASFAA President Justin Draeger weighs in on proposals to simplify the FAFSA.
  • 115 Education Groups: GOP No Child Left Behind Legislation Is Vastly Underfunded
    February 12, 2015 - "The Republican-dominated House education committee just approved legislation, H.R. 5, that is a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act with funding levels that critics say are inadequate to properly support K-12 public education," The Washington Po...
  • Commentary: Preparing Your Campus For Prior-Prior Year
    February 10, 2015 - "Allowing families to use 'prior-prior year' (PPY) income and asset data when submitting the FAFSA is another attempt at tackling issues of access and affordability," Aaron Mahl writes for University Business. "This provision was introduced last year...
  • New Report Suggests Ways To Ease Applying For And Dealing With Loans
    February 10, 2015 - "The financial aid realm is notorious for its 100-plus-question form and the headaches it creates for students — but a new report offers proposals to simplify the financial aid and loan repayment process," The Daily Tar Heel reports.
  • The Battle For FAFSA Simplification Begins
    February 9, 2015 - "'We have a limited pool of funds, and you’re taking a pool of applicants and trying to figure out the relative financial strengths to each other,' Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, told In...
  • In FAFSA Simplification, Complexity
    February 9, 2015 - "It seems, all of a sudden, that there’s a rush among policy makers in Washington to chop off questions from the 108-question Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA," Inside Higher Ed reports. "Justin Draeger, president of the N...
  • Virginia: Bill In General Assembly Would Require Colleges To Post Consumer Data Online
    February 7, 2015 - "A bill in the General Assembly would require colleges and universities to list 'consumer information' — including average tuition and fee increases over the past 10 years — on their websites," The Daily Progress reports. "[NASFAA's Karen] McCarthy s...
  • 5 Money Moves Every College Senior Should Make Before Graduation
    February 5, 2015 - "The countdown to college graduation is on," NerdScholar writes for USA TODAY. "'Bills will come due no matter what and the objective of the financial aid office is to help students keep their finances together and to make sure their debt remains in ...
  • Homelessness Problem Exemplified By ‘Hotel 22’
    February 5, 2015 - "Line 22, the only bus route that runs 24 hours in the Santa Clara Valley Transportation system, has become an unofficial shelter to much of the region’s homeless population," The Pacifican reports. "Salon received numbers from the National Associati...
  • Student-Aid Group Recommends Steps To Improve Loan Servicing For Borrowers
    February 4, 2015 - "The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators conducted a survey of its members to identify problems in the student-loan-servicing industry, which has drawn scrutiny from consumer advocates and federal regulators," The Chronicle o...
  • TEACH Grant: A Trojan Horse Of Debt
    February 4, 2015 - "The data is in, and lest there be any doubt, the federal government is pulling a bait-and-switch on aspiring teachers, the likes of which might make even the most unscrupulous lender blush," NASFAA President & CEO Justin Draeger writes in an op-...
  • Free FAFSA Help: MI College Goal Offers Sunday Events
    February 3, 2015 - "During the first two weeks of February, high school seniors across the state can receive free assistance in filing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms," The Holland Sentinel reports. "The MI College Goal events began in 2004...
  • Financial Aid Pros Ponder Loan Servicing
    February 3, 2015 - "Congress may be looking for ways to streamline and improve student loan servicing, but there’s plenty that Education Department officials could do on their own, according to a new report from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Adminis...
  • A Move To Simplify The Dreaded FAFSA
    January 28, 2015 - "The vast majority of students now fill [the FAFSA] out online, says Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators," Marketplace reports. "'Skip logic' technology lets them bypass questions that don’t a...
  • Retiree Confident In Interim Director Of Scholarships And Financial Aid
    January 23, 2015 - "In his new role as interim director of Scholarships and Financial Aid, James Volkmer understands it’s a job that can seem mundane and straightforward," The Daily Nebraskan reports. "Volkmer’s fervent belief in keeping students a priority of the offi...
  • Georgia: Crowdfunding Lends Unconventional Help To Tech Savvy Students
    January 16, 2015 - "'Crowdfunding seems to be a way to use technology to do what students have always done, which is to look around to see who in their circle of family and friends is able to help them pay for college,' said Beth Maglione, a spokesperson for [NASFAA],"...
  • 5 Financial Aid, Student Loan Changes To Anticipate In 2015
    January 14, 2015 - "The past several years brought some notable changes to student loans and financial aid. ... But 2015 should be different, say experts," according to U.S. News & World Report. "'Generally, we don’t anticipate too many major changes this year,' sa...
  • How Cost Of Attendance May Become A Recruiting Tool
    January 14, 2015 - "On Saturday at the NCAA convention, college and athlete representatives from the nation's five wealthiest conferences likely will vote to redefine an athletic scholarship so that it can cover not only the traditional tuition, room, board, books and ...
  • Redefining Loan Repayment
    January 14, 2015 - "One commonly proposed method to curtail high default rates is an income-based repayment (IBR) plan, under which students repay their loans based on a set percentage of their income, rather than paying an arbitrary monthly minimum," the Young Educati...
  • Should Your Student Loan Payments Be Withheld From Your Paycheck?
    January 12, 2015 - "What if — along with the federal, state, local, Social Security and Medicare taxes that are automatically withheld from every payroll check — student-loan borrowers could also have their payments extracted from that as well? That’s precisely what th...
  • Lawmakers Try to Simplify Student Aid
    January 8, 2015 - "U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) and Michael Bennet (D., Colo.) introduced legislation Wednesday proposing a dramatic slim-down of the form to a simple 'postcard' with two questions: 'What is your family size?' and 'What was your household inc...
  • Utah: Experts Say Now Is The Time To Apply For College Funding
    January 5, 2015 - "The start of 2015 opened up an opportunity for college-bound students in Utah and across the U.S. who need help paying for tuition," Utah Public Radio reports. "'It's a good time to sit down with the family,' [Laurie Wolfe, National Association of S...
  • Student Debt Declines For Third Straight Year
    January 5, 2015 - "Might the cliche of the forever-indebted college student someday become a fable?" University Business asks. "'When we paint the need to borrow for higher ed as a crisis, there is a damaging effect for students thinking about going to school,' says [...
  • Need Financial Aid? Now's The Time
    January 4, 2015 - "The financial aid application period is 18 months long, running from Jan. 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, for the 2015-16 school year," The News-Gazette reports. "But students shouldn’t dawdle — money runs out early for some grants, including the ne...
  • There’s A Way To Dramatically Lower Student Debt Payments, But Hardly Anyone Uses It
    December 29, 2014 - "The White House has enacted broad initiatives to give students more options for repaying their loans. Yet only 14 percent of Americans with federal student debt are enrolled in government plans that allow them to lower their payments if they’re not ...
  • Where Are We Now With The FAST Act Proposal?
    December 22, 2014 - "Megan McClean, managing director of policy and federal relations for [NASFAA], says the group supports the bill’s 'spirit of simplification' but is worried about shortening the FAFSA too much," NerdScholar writes for USA TODAY.
  • Free Application For Federal Student Aid Applications Open Jan. 1
    December 22, 2014 - "The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators ... suggests these ways to avoid making the most common mistakes when seeking financial aid," the Omaha World-Herald's Money Talks blog reports.
  • Obama College Ratings System: White House Debuts Bare-Bones Framework For Public Comment
    December 19, 2014 - "People should see the framework as a way to 'learn where the department of education is prioritizing their efforts,' said Jesse O'Connell, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators assistant director for federal relations," In...
  • Payroll Withholding Offers New Path For Income-Based Repayment By Student Loan Borrowers
    December 18, 2014 - "Enrolling Americans with student loan debt in an automatic Income-Based Repayment system and automating their repayments through employer payroll withholding could substantially simplify the student loan system and lessen the number of loan defaults...
  • Report: Pay Off Student Debt Like Social Security
    December 17, 2014 - "It sounds like a simple solution: Enroll student loan borrowers in an income-based repayment plan, and they'll have no reason to miss payments and get into financial trouble. But expanding that repayment method to millions of borrowers could lead to...
  • To Reduce Loan Defaults, Automate Payroll Withholding, Report Says
    December 17, 2014 - "With student-loan default rates rising, a growing number of policy makers, think tanks, and advocacy groups are calling for automatically enrolling some or all borrowers in income-based repayment, or IBR," The Chronicle of Higher Education's The Tic...
  • 6 Ways Smartphones Can Aid College Searches
    December 11, 2014 - "Choosing the right college at the right price is a daunting task, especially considering nearly two-thirds of Americans think pursuing a degree at any institution has become unaffordable, according to a Huffington Post/YouGov poll," FOX Business rep...
  • 'Input-Adjusted' Metrics Key in Developing Fair and Accurate Ratings Systems
    December 10, 2014 - "With college ratings growing in significance for both consumers and policymakers, we asked our contributors: What criteria should weigh most heavily in college and university ratings? How should the department hold institutions accountable for these...
  • Many Colleges Fail To Report Deals With Student-Aid Contractors
    December 10, 2014 - "A 'significant number' of colleges aren’t notifying the Education Department when they contract with outside servicers to administer federal student aid, a lapse that’s made it difficult for regulators to determine whether the contractors are follow...
  • Quiet Players, Deep Pockets
    December 9, 2014 - "Student loan guarantee agencies faced an uncertain future in 2010, when the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress eliminated government-backed private lending," Inside Higher Ed reports, in an article that cites Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Co...
  • The Smarter Way To Borrow For College
    December 8, 2014 - "Follow these steps to ensure you’re making the best decisions on student loans," The Fiscal Times writes. "'Students often start their search for schools based on things like location, faculty, and extra curriculars,' said Megan McClean, director of...
  • California: Minimum Wage, Not Yet
    December 5, 2014 - "Justin Draeger, the president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, said there are unexplored complexities with UC Berkeley’s current position but generally the federal government wants its federally funded student wor...
  • Need Financial Aid For College? It's Almost Time To Apply
    December 4, 2014 - "Laurie Wolfe, a board member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, says preparing now can make the [FAFSA filing] process less stressful," the Greenburg Daily News reports.
  • 4 Strategies For Surviving A College Tuition Increase
    December 3, 2014 - "There’s not one thing that drives tuition increases, but many different factors' says Megan McClean, director of policy and federal relations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators," according to U.S. News & World Re...
  • Nebraska: Students Learn To Manage Their Finances In The Face Of Rising Debt
    November 24, 2014 - "The average debt for UNL undergraduates post-graduation is $20,567. But the average indebtedness data can be misleading, said Craig Munier, director of the UNL Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid [and former NASFAA National Chair],"  the Daily ...
  • Good News: There’s A New Way To Get Out From Under Student Debt
    November 21, 2014 - "Two of the biggest private student loan providers have welcome news for struggling grads: Soon, some distressed borrowers will be eligible for lower interest rates and lower monthly payments. 'With federal loans, you have built-in insurance in case ...
  • Opinion: Origination Fees: A Hidden Student Tax
    November 19, 2014 - "Congress has hijacked the discussions around federal student loans, asserting that they are somehow a burden to the government. Considering they generate more than $50 billion in revenue annually, nothing could be further from the truth," Arthur F. ...
  • Education Officials Vie For Millions In Nebraska Lottery Proceeds
    November 19, 2014 - "It's a rare pot of gold — about $17 million in annual lottery proceeds which the state constitution says must be used for education — and school districts and other educators are jousting for a share," The Journal Star reports. "Opportunity grants —...
  • 7 Ways To Stop Student Loans From Ruining Your Life
    November 18, 2014 - "Following are some tips from college financial experts on steps to take before, during and after college to help ensure that your debt load remains manageable so it doesn't ruin your life," CNBC reports. "It's best to determine in advance how much y...
  • College Kids’ Homeless Hell: Why A Secret, Massive Crisis Is Getting Even Worse
    November 17, 2014 - "Student homelessness in higher education is a larger issue than most realize, with tens of thousands across the country homeless," Salon reports. "Salon received numbers from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA),...
  • Is This The End Of The Line For Perkins Loans?
    November 14, 2014 - "The Federal Perkins Student Loan Program is in peril. ... 'We're going to have an uphill battle,' said Justin Draeger, president of [NASFAA]. 'If there's a cost to continuing it, and Congress is faced with that decision point, what will they do?,'" ...
  • New College Students Taking On Less Debt, College Board Reports
    November 13, 2014 - "New college students are borrowing less, even as tuition hikes continue to outpace inflation in the United States, the College Board reports," according to United Press International. "Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student...
  • College Tuition Hikes Slowing, Report Says
    November 13, 2014 - "Though college tuition and fee prices still outpaced the rate of inflation in the past year, the average increases were lower than those posted in the past five years, the past 10 years and the past 30 years, according to the report published Thursd...
  • Tuition And Borrowing Growth Slows
    November 13, 2014 - "College prices are still climbing, but they’re doing so at a slower pace than they were for the past several years, and the amount of money borrowed for higher education last year fell for the third straight year, according to two reports released t...
  • What To Do When You Haven’t Saved A Dime For College
    November 12, 2014 - "'PLUS is a tricky program because you want families to have access to education, but at the same time you want to make sure they are not being burdened by excessive debt,' said Jesse O’Connell, assistant director for federal relations at the Nationa...
  • Another College-Access Issue: Financial-Aid Jargon
    November 11, 2014 - "From his office window, Eric Johnson can see the groundskeeping staff clearing off the sidewalk with leaf blowers. Colleges like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he works, pull out all the stops to make their campuses inviting....
  • First College Graduation, Then The Payments
    November 9, 2014 - "Mary Walsh is a little leery of getting the mail these days. She's not looking forward to getting the envelope with the first bill for her student loan," The Detroit Free Press reports. "'Some students see the envelope from them and think it's junk ...
  • Are We Forgiving Too Much Student-Loan Debt?
    November 7, 2014 - "Back in 2007, Congress made a simple promise to student borrowers: Stick with a public-service career for 10 years, making monthly payments along the way, and we’ll forgive the rest of your debt. Now, as the bill gets closer to coming due, a growing...
  • AwardLetter: A Resolution To NASFAA’s Ethical Dilemma
    November 5, 2014 - "The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) released an article exploring the ethics of award letter information," CampusLogic reports on its blog.
  • What A GOP-Led Congress Means For Higher Ed
    November 4, 2014 - "Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, said that advocates for student aid may find themselves in the position of having to stave off reductions or fight for at least flat funding," Inside High...
  • Lamar Alexander Wants To Simplify, Simplify, Simplify
    November 3, 2014 - "When the senator unfurled the paper Fafsa at the annual meeting of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, they reminded him that the vast majority of students now fill out the form online, where they can bypass many questi...
  • 10 Tools To Use For A Tailored College Cost Estimate
    October 29, 2014 - "For many students, what they'll pay to attend college? isn't clear. ?But paying for college doesn't have to remain a mystery. 'While [online tools] might not be able to offer? a precise number, they give families a ballpark,' says Megan McClean, the...
  • Parent PLUS Loan Requirements Revisions Get Mixed Initial Reviews
    October 23, 2014 - "The U.S. Department of Education Wednesday announced additional changes to the Parent PLUS Loan requirements, which have been the source of much controversy recently," Diverse Issues in Higher Education reports. "'Although the typical borrowing prof...
  • Cosign Of The Times: The Rich Are Borrowing To Pay For College Too
    October 22, 2014 - "A new Pew Research Center study shows that from 2010 to 2012, the percentage of middle- and upper-middle-income students who borrowed money for college doubled, and they’re borrowing twice as much money as their peers did a generation ago," Take Par...
  • 5 Myths About Student Financial Aid
    October 20, 2014 - "It's time for thoughts about college applications, which means students are filled with anxiety over whether they will get into their dream school, quickly followed by their (and their parents') panic over how they will pay for it. For those already...
  • End The Student Loan Tax
    October 20, 2014 - "There is a growing and warranted concern over student loan debt in this country. On a daily basis we are reminded about record levels of student debt, stories of struggling borrowers, and general anxiety among Americans about the cost of college. Ad...
  • Opinion: Is College Still A Good Investment?
    October 8, 2014 - "There is so much noise in the conversation about the value of higher education that it has become increasingly difficult to know if it is worth the time and money to go to college to earn a bachelor's and perhaps a master's degree," Eileen O'Leary, ...
  • Opinion: The Long Term Impact Of Student Loan Debt On Universities
    September 24, 2014 - "The financial aid office – the place where students figure out how they are going to pay for school. ... But some financial aid offices aren’t helping students," Robert Farrington writes in a Forbes opinion piece. "However, some colleges and univers...
  • Student Loan Default Rate Drops To 13.7%
    September 24, 2014 - "Things are finally starting to look up for student borrowers, with fewer of them defaulting on their loans," CNN Money reports. [But among for-profit institutions] "'We're seeing a persistently high default rate at those schools that serve at-risk s...
  • Student Debt Burdens Seniors
    September 19, 2014 - "It's important for colleges, universities, financial aid administrators to be thinking about ways that they can experiment in getting information to [students] that will be effective in helping them manage their loan debt as they leave school," NASF...
  • How To Pay Your Student Loans While You’re Still In School
    September 15, 2014 - "'If possible, pay the interest on the loan while still in school,' said Megan McClean, managing director and federal relations for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)," Credit.com reports.
  • Pennsylvania: Lincoln Seeks To Lure Students With A Promise Tuition Won't Rise
    September 15, 2014 - "Lincoln University's promise got Aitza Hedgemond's attention: The incoming freshman's annual tuition would remain at $11,836 all four years, guaranteed. 'Certainly this is something that has been coming up more in the past several years,' said Megan...
  • 3 Lessons To Teach Mom And Dad About Paying For College
    September 9, 2014 - "'[Y]ou can’t expect students and parents to pay the same way they did a generation ago,' says Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators," according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Commentary: Rising College Costs: Stepping Back From Polemics
    September 8, 2014 - "In 2010, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) reported that 'increased regulatory or compliance workloads [were] the reason for resource shortages experienced in institutional offices,'" University Business repor...
  • Tackling Diploma Debt
    September 2, 2014 - "'The six-month grace period goes very fast if you’re not in graduate school or don’t have a full-time job,' says Karen McCarthy, a policy analyst at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators," Financial Advisor reports..
  • Higher Ed Groups Respond To Harkin’s Draft Proposal
    September 2, 2014 - "Dozens of higher education interest groups submitted comments last week on Senator Tom Harkin’s draft proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act," Inside Higher Ed reports, in an article that includes a link to NASFAA's comments.
  • Student Debt In Mind, Education Dept. Renegotiates Loan Servicers’ Contracts
    August 29, 2014 - "In June the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the National Direct Student Loan Coalition announced the formation of a task force to focus on possible improvements in the servicing contracts," The Chronicle of Higher Ed...
  • Your Call: What Do Students And Parents Need To Know Before They Take Out Student Loans?
    August 27, 2014 - On August 27, NASFAA's Director of Policy and Federal Relations Megan McClean was a featured guest on San Francisco's KALW Local Public Radio show, "Your Call." Tune in to the recording for McClean's interview and question-and-answer session.  
  • NASFAA Offers Tools To Help You Find Money For School
    August 25, 2014 - "The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) has created an interactive map, to help students locate state funding options," Black Enterprise Magazine reports.
  • Top Links For Finding Financial Aid
    August 20, 2014 - "The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has developed [a] page with links to all of the state’s financial aid programs," Patch reports.
  • How To Win The College Scholarship Game
    August 15, 2014 - "With tuition and fees at a four-year private college or university averaging $30,094 a year, many students need help making ends meet. The good news is that scholarship money being handed out by corporations, foundations and other private-sector ben...
  • Are College Aid Planners Worth The Money?
    August 14, 2014 - "The college financial aid application process can be tough for any family to manage on their own, but is it worth the money to bring in a professional?" Yahoo! Finance reports. "'The process can seem overwhelming at the onset and perhaps that's why ...
  • Tips To Manage Student Loan Defaults
    August 13, 2014 - "A literature review published in the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators’ Journal of Student Financial Aid stated, 'The majority of the research we reviewed suggested that completing a postsecondary program is the strongest ...
  • Financial Aid Professionals Call For Reporting Changes
    August 11, 2014 - "New recommendations from a task force representing financial aid professionals on college campuses call for streamlined reporting requirements, at the same time advocating tracking of individual student outcomes to give consumers better information ...
  • NASFAA Releases Student Aid Recs
    August 8, 2014 - "The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is out with a set of recommendations targeting the reporting burden on schools and students," POLITICO reports in its Morning Education newsletter.
  • Aid Administrators Back Federal Student Unit Record
    August 7, 2014 - "The main group representing student aid administrators has backed a proposal to create a federal database that tracks student progress through higher education and into the workforce," Inside Higher Ed reports.
  • Georgia: WSCC Administrators Present Information On Rural Students
    August 7, 2014 - "Washington State Community College's director of financial aid, Shannon Venezia, published a blog post in The Chronicle for Higher Learning online journal and along with Amanda Herb, vice president of enrollment and student success, presented 'The C...
  • Streamline Consumer-Information Process, Says Financial-Aid Group
    August 6, 2014 - "A nine-member panel was convened by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators to study federal requirements for consumer-information disclosure," The Chronicle of Higher Education's The Ticker reports.
  • Repayment Strategies For Your Student Loans
    January 11, 2014 - "[S]tudent loan default rates rose steadily from 4.6 percent in 2005 to over 10 percent in 2011, according to the federal data. Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, thinks he knows why," ...
  • Summit County’s Congressman Jared Polis Pushes Budget, Flood, Student Debt Initiatives In House
    November 22, 2013 - "U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, was busy this week championing efforts for a balanced budget, flood relief for Colorado’s energy sector and a commonsense solution to the rising student loan debt crisis," according to Summit Daily. "The crusade beg...
  • Polis Introduces Legislation To Address Crisis Of Rising Student Loan Debt
    November 21, 2013 - "Rep. Jared Polis , D- Colo. (2nd CD), issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), along with Representatives Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) and Tim Bishop (D-NY), introduced legislation to tackle the rising student loan debt c...
  • The PLUS Loan Problem
    August 19, 2013 - "This week, the U.S. Department of Education announced changes to the PLUS loan underwriting standards that may help previously denied PLUS loan applicants obtain loans," NASFAA President Justin Draeger writes in an opinion piece for Inside Higher Ed...
  • More Protection Is Needed For Private Student Loans
    July 21, 2013 - "With the confirmation of Richard Cordray, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is poised to extend greater protections to students and parents who borrow private education loans," NASFAA President Justin Draeger writes in The New York Times' Roo...
  • Student Loan Rates Double Without Congress' Action
    July 2, 2013 - "College students' interest rates are at the mercy of Congress. The interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans doubled from 3.4 percent Monday and could stay doubled unless Congress fulfills its pledge to restore lower rates when it returns from the...
  • Georgia: Local Students Brace For Loan Rate Increases
    July 2, 2013 - "College students looking to get government loans to help pay for their education may want to think twice before signing on the dotted line after the large interest-rate hike took effect Monday, effectively doubling the rates on student loans nationw...
  • College Loan Rates Double As Frustration With Congress Grows
    July 1, 2013 - "As student loan interest rates doubled Monday, Republicans and Democrats in Washington criticized each other for failing to come to a last-minute agreement and stave off the increase," the Washington Times reports. “'We’re disappointed that lawmaker...
  • Some Proposals to Remake Student Aid Would Harm College Access, Panel Warns
    July 1, 2013 - "In a report released late Sunday night, the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance urges lawmakers to give 'special scrutiny' to five ideas that it says could 'worsen inequality in college completion,'" The Chronicle of Higher Education ...
  • Congress Gets An ‘F’ On Student Loan Crisis
    June 28, 2013 - "While you were refreshing SCOTUSBlog or celebrating the death of DOMA, Congress has been trying and failing to prevent interest rates on federal Stafford loans—the most popular form of college funding—from increasing from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent,...
  • Higher Student-Loan Interest Rates Could Have Political Costs
    June 28, 2013 - "Senate Democrats... find themselves on the defensive, forced to explain their inaction on an issue that just last year helped the party win the student vote," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. "Justin Draeger, president of the National Asso...
  • Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Will Affect Student Aid For Such Couples
    June 28, 2013 - "The Supreme Court's decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 will result in the fairer treatment of married gay students, financial-aid experts say, giving the government a truer picture of the students' ability to pay for ...
  • Even With Student-Loan Compromise, Rates Will Likely Increase
    June 27, 2013 - "A small bipartisan group of senators is close to reaching a compromise to avert the impending increase on student-loan interest rates, but it’s far from a done deal," The National Journal reports. NASFAA President Justin Draeger is quoted in the art...
  • Deadline Nears For Higher Student Loan Rates
    June 25, 2013 - "It's crunch time for students who rely on subsidized government loans -- interest rates on them double to 6.8% on July 1," CNN Money report. "'We're advising our schools to tell students that their subsidized Stafford interest rates are going to be ...
  • So How Much Will It Cost To Send Your Child To College This Year?
    May 8, 2013 - "Across the country many parents are experiencing a variety of emotions," the Huffington Post reports. NASFAA is mentioned in the article.
  • Sequestration Budget Cuts: Which WI Counties Have the Most Federal Employees?
    February 28, 2013 - "Unless Congress reaches a last-minute agreement on the sequester by Friday, the huge budget cuts slated to kick in have the potential to affect more than 6,200 federal employees working in Milwaukee County," Patch.com reports. "Barring any kind of d...
  • The Sequester: Shenanigans or Serious Business?
    February 28, 2013 - "If the federal government imposes the $85 billion "sequester" cuts, which could go into effect Friday night, the changes may not be immediately apparent for many metro Atlanta residents," Patch.com reports. "Many of the departments and agencies like...
  • University Business: Support for Proposed Legislation from Financial Aid Administrators
    February 22, 2013 - Rep. Tom Petri’s proposed overhaul of federal student loans encompasses a number of concepts and concerns that have gained growing attention recently as political rhetoric surrounding student loan reform heats up. Critics of the existing loan program...
  • Should All Students Be Able to Borrow? Maybe Not, Says One Group
    February 13, 2013 - "When the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation asked 16 organizations to 'reimagine' the financial-aid system, one grant recipient saw an opportunity," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. The article discusses NASFAA's RADD report.
  • How to Use Obama's College Scorecard
    February 13, 2013 - "President Obama wasted no time fulfilling one of the promises made in last night's State of the Union address, releasing the administration's new College Scorecard earlier today," U.S. News reports.
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