NASFAA regularly convenes task forces comprised 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.
Our task forces have addressed a wide range of issues within NASFAA's major policy areas, including (but not limited to):
At its inception, each task force outlines its guiding principles, members, and actionable goals in a charter specific to its unique task. At its conclusion, the task force summarizes its final recommendations in a report, subject to approval by NASFAA's Board of Directors, which is then disseminated widely to NASFAA members, lawmakers, administration officials, the press, and other public policy experts.
Below is a summary of recent NASFAA task force reports.
June 2019 - NASFAA's Board of Directors recently approved the Modernizing Title IV Aid to Encourage and Accommodate Innovation in Higher Education task force's recommendations that were developed over the spring of 2019. The group made several recommendations for changes to existing statute and regulations that would improve the financial aid delivery process for students and reduce burden on financial aid offices, while maintaining proper safeguards against fraud and abuse. The group also developed several new proposals to address unique challenges institutions and students face in the context of innovative learning models. Download Report (PDF)
December 2017 - NASFAA's board of directors recently approved the Re-Examining Paradigms of Campus-Based Aid task force's report. The task force convened over the summer for 2017, ultimately developing two models for preserving the campus-based aid programs in a one grant/one loan environment. Download Report (PDF)
August 2017 – Graduate and Professional (G/P) students make up a relatively small proportion of the total student population yet they hold a disproportionate share of outstanding student loan debt. Much of the focus of the federal student aid programs, as reflected in policy, FSA resources, media attention and public opinion, skews primarily toward undergraduate students. With a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act looming, NASFAA convened the Graduate and Professional Loan Limits task force to make recommendations that would ensure that G/P students' needs are adequately considered in upcoming legislation. Download Report (PDF)
January 2017 - Convened in July 2016, the Assessing Tuition- and Debt-Free Higher Education Task Force was charged with evaluating the implications and tradeoffs of tuition-free and debt-free college for institutions of higher education and the broader higher education landscape. While the political landscape has shifted in the time between its deliberations and the final report, and a national program like President Obama's America's College Promise is highly unlikely under the new administration, the findings in the task force's newly released report can help inform state and local program development for the short term and may well form a framework for a national program at some point in the more distant future. Download Report (PDF)
Publication Date: 7/3/2019