To accommodate the wide array of organizations and individuals (outside of the financial aid office) who want to join NASFAA, six Associate Membership subcategories have been created. Please read the descriptions carefully to choose the correct subcategory or contact Membership Services for assistance.
Associate Membership Subcategories for 2013-14
Subcategory A: Associations, Research Organizations, Government Agencies* & Institutional System Offices
Subcategory B: Student Loan Providers, Guarantors, & Student Aid Service Providers
Subcategory C: Independent Consultants**
Subcategory D: High Schools and High School Systems
Subcategory E: Individual High School Counselors
Subcategory F: Graduate Research Students
*If your organization provides loans or offers loan servicing, you must select Subcategory B.
**To qualify for independent consultant status, your annual gross revenue must be less than $100K and you must be the sole proprietor.
If you have any questions, contact Membership Services at (202) 785-0453 Ext. 1 or email@example.com.
Brief History of Associate MembersHIP
In June 2012, a quorum of NASFAA voting members overwhelmingly approved proposed changes to NASFAA’s Articles of Incorporation, which reduced the number of membership categories from four (Institutional, Affiliate, Constituent, and Student) to two: Institutional Members (voting) and Associates (non-voting).
The change from a four-tiered membership structure to a two-tiered structure composed of a) voting Members from institutions of higher education, and b) non-voting Associates, is compliant with the new "D.C. Nonprofit Corporation Act." Effective January 2012, "members" are only those who have a vote in the association, according to the new law. The change allows for continued participation by NASFAA’s business partners, and expands participation to other stakeholders.
The updated Articles were accepted by NASFAA’s Board and have since been filed with the District of Columbia, where NASFAA is incorporated.
At its July 2012 meeting, the Board approved recommendations submitted by the Financial Affairs Committee and the Association Governance & Membership Committee on how to structure the new Associate category.