NASFAA’s New Mobile Tool Helps Administrators Find Key Financial Aid Information on the Fly
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Beth Maglione
VP of Communications
Student Aid Index Helps Financial Aid Staff Serve Students Better, Quicker
April 1, 2014 -- Today, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) unveiled a new, mobile-friendly tool that compiles important financial aid regulations, legislation, and other key resources into one convenient place so financial aid office staff have the information they need to better serve students and families.
It’s no secret that packaging and distributing student financial aid is a process governed by many complex regulations and statutes. It’s the job of the financial aid administrator to sort through the bureaucratic red tape and help families get the financial resources they need to make their college-going dreams a reality.
NASFAA’s new Student Aid Index helps financial aid administrators to:
- Save time. No more downloading and scrolling through long PDFs or conducting Google searches to find answers. Organized in a tree hierarchy, the Index has top-level terms, common sets of informational resources for each term, and subtopics.
- Help students. Quickly locate the citations needed to support decisions and recommendations—and better serve parents, students, and their school. Members can access the Index on the go via any mobile device or in their office from any web browser.
- Increase productivity. The simple, intuitive tool helps the financial aid professional spend more time counseling students and less time searching for hard-to-find citations and information. Resources include direct links to federal regulation, legislative text, Department of Education guidance (including the Federal Student Aid Handbook), and NASFAA interpretation and analysis.
“Before the Index I would have gone to various websites to find what I was looking for,” said Brad Barnett, senior associate director for financial aid, James Madison University. “The Index gave me direct links for the resources I needed and cut my research time down to almost nothing.”
“I cannot tell you how often I am in meetings on my campus wishing I could check financial aid statutes, rules, regulations or NASFAA interpretation,” said Craig Munier, director of scholarships & financial aid, University of Nebraska - Lincoln and 2013-14 NASFAA National Chair. “So, you can imagine how excited I am that the Index gives me access right from my smart phone or tablet!”
Want to learn more? View the short (1.5 minute) demo video at www.nasfaa.org/index.
If you wish to review the tool and potentially report on it, you can use your complimentary media login to access the Student Aid Index directly at sai.nasfaa.org. If you do not have a media login and want one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To speak to a NASFAA spokesperson on this topic, please email email@example.com or call (202) 785-6944.
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents nearly 20,000 financial aid professionals at approximately 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every ten undergraduates in the U.S. Based in Washington, DC, NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. For more information, visit www.nasfaa.org.