NASFAA is the recipient of two new Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grants to study income-based repayment (IBR) and prior-prior year (PPY). The grants are part of a continuation of the Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery (RADD) project. The research for the grants will be collaborative in nature and conducted through consortia with other D.C.-based organizations.
"These investments demonstrate the valued capacity grant-making organizations have in our ability to make meaningful contributions to student aid policy reform," said NASFAA President Justin Draeger. "We look forward to continuing to work with forward thinking organizations like the National College Access Network (NCAN) and New America Foundation – among others - on these projects.”
Under one grant, NASFAA will partner with NCAN and the Education Trust to study simplification and the implementation of using prior-prior year income. The consortium will produce a white paper that will detail the steps needed to implement PPY and explore potential challenges and solutions. The other groups will work on the broader framework of simplification (including PPY) and the impact on the Pell Grant recipients, particularly.
Another grant will allow NASFAA and consortium partners to conduct additional research on the issue of employer withholding in an IBR system for federal student loans. NASFAA will partner with New America, Young Invincibles, the Urban Institute and the Chamber of Commerce to produce papers related to IBR and its potential implementation as an automated repayment option. This RADD III grant will also allow NASFAA to continue to perform outreach on the merits of auto-IBR in addition to ongoing efforts to highlight proposals and ideas developed in RADD I and II.
NASFAA will begin working on these projects this fall, and work will continue into 2015.
Publication Date: 9/9/2014