In Winter 2015, NASFAA was awarded a grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to conduct a study of the components needed to efficiently and effectively administer FWS and ways in which schools can strengthen their FWS programs to yield greater persistence and completion among students while staying within federal parameters. The goal of this research was to determine what components would create a framework for understanding, evaluating, and improving FWS that program administrators could use on their campuses. Read more >>
In our report "Focusing Federal Student Aid Websites On Graduate And Professional Students" NASFAA's Consumer Information and Law Student Indebtedness (CILSI) Task Force set out to make recommendations for the StudentAid.gov and StudentLoans.gov websites that would expand their focus to include the needs of G/P students and allow for greater transparency related to G/P program costs and borrowing. With websites tailored to their distinctive needs, G/P students will be better-informed consumers with clearer pictures of their options, leading to institutional choices that are good matches for their long-term financial and educational goals.
Beginning in fall 2014, a working group from NASFAA and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) embarked on a yearlong effort to identify and examine ways to make financial aid research more relevant to financial aid practitioners. Research Meets Practice: Findings From a Collaboration Between NASFAA and the Association for the Study of Higher Education presents the findings from this work along with recommendations for how research can better inform the practice of financial aid administration. In addition to our recommendations, this study identified three main themes as a result of the feedback from, and conversations with, financial aid administrators.
Based on data collected through a survey sent to members from November 2012 through January 2013, the updated NASFAA benchmark salary model allows users to enter information that has been found to be significant in shaping financial aid administrators’ salaries. The model generates a custom report that compares an aid administrator's salary to peers with similar titles at comparable institutions. The results of this survey are detailed in the 2012 NASFAA Benchmark Salary Model Report: Key Factors That Impact the Salaries of Financial Aid Administrators.
The National Student Aid Profile provides detailed information about the major programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, including descriptions of the federal student aid programs; recent trends in federal program appropriations; income levels of students and families who receive aid; and a description of the federal student aid application process.
Financial aid offices are serving more students and administering more student aid dollars with fewer operating expenses, according to a recent staffing survey of NASFAA members. The survey collected 2010-11 award year data from nearly 1,000 financial aid offices at different types of institutions from across the country. The data was used to develop the 2012 NASFAA Staffing Model and Staffing Benchmark Model Report.