NASFAA Policy

Policy LogoNASFAA is active in the proactive policy arena, which allows for effective, productive engagement with the higher education community on key policy issues. Some recent initiatives and topics of focus include:

Investing in Our Future: The Top 5 Student Aid Policies Needed to Sustain and Strengthen Higher Education

Data show students who persist in higher education are more likely to be employed, tax-paying, productive members of society. The consequences of not pursuing a degree or credential can be devastating, not just for students, but for the country on a grander scale. NASFAA believes robust, streamlined student aid policies must play a central role in helping students achieve their educational goals. In this policy priorities document, NASFAA calls on the Biden administration and 117th Congress to focus on, reinvest in, and recalibrate our country’s policies around postsecondary education.

Higher Education Act Reauthorization

As Congress begins serious consideration of reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended, legislation and related resources, including NASFAA comments and in-depth analysis, can be found on this page. This HEA Reauthorization page also offers HEA-related legislation from 2013-present and NASFAA’s HEA recommendations for Congress.

Additional NASFAA Policy Initiatives

Data Sharing

Financial aid professionals collect, manage, and have access to a vast amount of confidential student and parent data. NASFAA has compiled this web center of resources for the financial aid community.

Improving the Verification Process

Verification is the process used by institutions to check the accuracy of the information the student and, in the case of a dependent student, the student's parents, provided when applying for Title IV federal student aid via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). While verification is an important step in maintaining the integrity of federal aid programs, it imposes significant burdens on students and aid administrators. NASFAA continues to advocate on behalf of its members and the students they aid, providing thoughtful and burden reducing proposals for changes to the verification process.

Negotiated Rulemaking

Negotiated Rulemaking (or "Neg Reg") is a process used by the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies, in which representatives from a government agency and affected interest groups negotiate the terms of a proposed administrative rule. The agency publishes the proposed rule in the Federal Register and then follows the usual rulemaking procedure of soliciting public comments, which are evaluated for inclusion in the final rule. NASFAA has historically participated in Neg Regs pertaining to federal student aid program regulations, by supporting and sending financial aid administrators from members institutions, NASFAA staff, and others to the negotiating table.

Policy Task Force Reports

NASFAA regularly convenes task forces composed of geographically diverse groups of NASFAA member volunteers from all types of postsecondary institutions and sectors to help review legislative and policy proposals and voice NASFAA's position on pending legislation.


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