Advocacy and Policy
NASFAA Reimagines the Design & Delivery of Student Financial Aid
As the student aid programs rapidly approach reauthorization in 2014, they continue to face severe funding and efficiency problems. With grant assistance from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through their “Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery” (RADD) project, NASFAA released a policy brief examining the current systems of student aid with an eye towards reimagining how they could be improved in the future. This report does not make specific recommendations, but rather puts forward broad ideas intended to generate discussion and debate with the goal of advancing key policy issues facing student aid. More >>
Educational Access Policies for Undocumented Students, State-by-State
We collaborated with the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good to field a national study of financial aid administrators that examines state and institutional policies on educational access for immigrant and undocumented students.
View the map of state policy environments for undocumented students, and learn more about what your institution can do to support access for these sttudents within the context of your environment.
Sequestration Could Eliminate Aid for Millions of Students
Though Federal Pell Grants remain safe from sequestration for fiscal year (FY) 2013, the mandated across-the-board cuts would dramatically reduce the Department of Education budget and deny millions of students access to federal student aid. To advocate your lawmakers against sequestration and stop the spending cuts, sign the Committee for Education Funding’s petition. More >>>
National Student Aid Profile: Overview of 2012 Federal Programs
Our National Student Aid Profile: Overview of the 2012 Federal Programs 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.
Award Letters and Consumer Information
We have chartered a Task Force on Award Letter & Consumer Notification to develop recommendations on the "Know Before You Owe" initiative to improve information presented to students and families. This is inline with a Congressional mandate for the Department to develop recommendations to improve financial aid award letters and to develop a model letter. More >>>
Committee meetings are now underway to develop proposed regulations under the Higher Education Act for Federal student loans (Direct, FFEL, and Perkins) and Teacher preparation programs including the TEACH Grant. More >>>
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