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:
*NEW* 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)
September 2016 - In a new report, released as part of a project funded by Access Group, NASFAA's Consumer Information and Law Student Indebtedness Task Force identifies through consumer testing what information on the financial aid award letter and the Department of Education’s Financial Aid Shopping Sheet could be modified to create a document that better assists students applying to, or currently attending, law school. This is the second report released by the task force. Download Report (PDF)
August 2016 - Growing concern over the complexity of the federal financial aid system and a push toward simplification has led to increased attention toward streamlining the federal student aid programs. Specifically, several proposals have recommended consolidating the federal aid programs into one grant program and one loan program, commonly referred to as “one grant, one loan.” With that in mind, NASFAA convened a task force to examine the concept of “one grant, one loan” in October 2015. The task force’s final report, released today, outlines several considerations and recommendations for policymakers interested in federal aid program consolidation. Download Report (PDF)
Publication Date: 1/3/2017