The Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award may be presented each year to an individual or individuals chosen for their contributions to the literature on student financial aid.
The award is named in honor of Bob Huff, former director of financial aid at Stanford University and himself an outstanding contributor to the scholarly literature on student aid. Bob received the first Golden Quill Award in 1984.
Nominees for the award are judged on the basis of published work which exemplifies the highest quality of research methodology, analysis, or topical writing on the subject of student financial aid or its administration.
The Washington, D.C. based public policy research and advocacy organization, the Center for American Progress, was nominated for its overall body of work, which greatly enhances the lives of students and families – and particularly for its work on "One and Done: Modeling a One-Time FASFSA." To determine if a one-time FAFSA could be implemented and who it would most help, the Center for American Progress worked with the Association of Community College Trustees and NASFAA to gather data from 27 colleges around the U.S. for nearly a quarter of a million students who filled out the FAFSA at least two times. CAP's analyses of the data focused on how much students expected family contribution (EFC) figure varies from the first year they filed and sought to understand the causes of larger variations in EFC. The results showed that for half of all students in the study who applied for aid, EFCs changed by $500 or less for the duration of these students' enrollment. EFCs were even more stable among specific populations who were more likely to receive need-based grant aid, such as Pell Grants, 70% of whom saw an EFC change of only $500 or less. These findings suggested that a one-time FAFSA could be implemented for all students, which would yield universal benefits to students and colleges. Moving to a one-time FAFSA would represent a big step forward for the financial aid system. It would reduce the burden and costs for the federal government, institutions, and students. Just as importantly, it could make the amount families pay for college more predictable over time.
Publication Date: 6/3/2020