NASFAA Needs You!

By Eileen O'Leary, NASFAA National Chair

This year as your National Chair, I’ve had three goals: to expand opportunities for involvement in NASFAA, to increase involvement by those who have not had the opportunity to do so before, and to help us all get out of the weeds and think bigger about financial aid issues and policies. I also have another personal goal of proving that it is possible to be a working financial aid director at a small private college and also serve as NASFAA National Chair.

Thus far, we’ve established a record number of task forces to tackle some of the most interesting and challenging issues in financial aid. About half of all task force members are new to NASFAA volunteerism. We are raising the level of the national conversation about access and fairness in financial aid through advocacy efforts, education of decision-makers, and thought-provoking and well-researched task force reports.

But now I want to challenge you again. I’m asking each of you to consider throwing your hat in the ring and running for a position on the NASFAA Board of Directors as Representative at Large. We have three slots open beginning in the 2015-16 academic year – each a two-year position.  

For those who have more leadership experience under their belts, I’m hoping you will nominate yourself (or nominate an experienced colleague) for NASFAA National Chair-Elect. This is a three-year commitment with the first year as Chair-Elect, the second as National Chair, and the third as Past Chair.  If I can do it, so can you! Give me a call if you’d like to talk about the possibility of running. My number is 508-565-1088 and my email is  



Publication Date: 10/16/2014

Terri L | 10/16/2014 10:40:50 AM

Thank you for your leadership, Eileen. I can say from experience that serving on a NASFAA Task Force is an incredibly rewarding experience, especially for the opportunity to meet financial aid professionals and learn from their experience.

Ernestine W | 10/16/2014 9:49:30 AM

What a breathe of fresh air you bring to NASFAA. Keep up the good work

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