10 Reasons Why NASFAA Members Are Awesome

Read on to find out why we think NASFAA members are so awesome.

1. You help students reach their goals...


... and make their dreams come true.


Students across the country have said that attending college would have been a dream just out of their reach if not for financial aid. That wouldn't be possible without you, the "dreamkeepers" who open the doors of opportunity to students.

2. You work long hours...


... but you know it’s worth it.


There's no doubt about it—working in the financial aid office means long hours dealing with complicated issues. From processing verification requests and disbursements, to counseling students and staying on top of the latest federal guidance, you do it all.

3. You wear many hats and fill roles for students without guidance.


Counselor, confidant, therapist, teacher, advocate—financial aid administrators are many things to many people.

4. You're regulatory gurus.


You know that in order to best help your students, you need to be up to speed on Title IV regulations, and even how potential legislative changes could impact the access to and delivery of federal student aid. It's no small feat, and you tackle it like pros!

5. You know how to manage competing priorities to get the job done...

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... but you also appreciate those rare moments of relaxation.


Managing two award years concurrently, federal reports, state reports, financial aid nights—and that's just October. There is a lot to do and you get it done with aplomb ... and maybe a little caffeine.

6. You don’t just crunch numbers, you take the time to listen to students and give them moral support...

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... and encouragement.


As Steve Pemberton said during the 2019 NASFAA National Conference in Orlando, "you're not impacting a life. You're impacting generations to come." 

7. You’re no stranger to teamwork. You collaborate with others in your office and on your campus to get the best result.

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It's not uncommon that others on campus might be a little unsure of what exactly financial aid administrators do. With your job comes rules, conditions, reports, disclosures, and sometimes unrelated social agendas, the effects of which can extend well beyond the financial aid office into many other areas of an institution. Communicating across the campus is essential. 

8. You step up and advocate for the profession and for students.


No one is better equipped than NASFAA members to tell lawmakers what students and institutions really need when it comes to federal financial aid. Your on-the-ground perspective is invaluable in advocating for your schools and your students.

9. You are always looking for opportunities to grow and learn.


NASFAA members continue to exceed expectations in their dedication to lifelong learning. To date, there have been 17,072 NASFAA U credentials earned by 5,716 people across 17 subjects, and countless other participants in online webinars, showing your desire to expand your knowledgebase. 

10. Nobody says “It depends” quite like you do!



Publication Date: 10/24/2018

Joseph S | 10/28/2019 12:2:19 PM

All true and corroborated after 52 years! High standards and life savers for families, parents and students!

Shelly B | 8/7/2019 5:23:01 PM

You totally get us, don't you!

Ashly E | 8/7/2019 1:54:00 PM

This hit the mark! Thank you, NASFAA!!!

Molly H | 8/7/2019 12:57:38 PM

Just what I needed to see today!! Thanks for the motivation!

Amanda C | 8/7/2019 12:37:49 PM

Thank you! I love it!

Jannatul F | 8/7/2019 11:8:20 AM

Very nice! Thank you! :)

Rebecca C | 8/7/2019 10:4:35 AM

These are great-- thank you NASFAA!

Kelly M | 8/7/2019 8:27:15 AM

I needed this today, thank you NASFAA. You get us!

James S | 8/7/2019 8:15:24 AM

This is awesome! Although #10 isn't true...our friendly Feds say "it depends" way better :)

Patt M | 8/7/2019 8:5:57 AM

GREAT! Thank you.

Vaine L | 3/8/2019 10:49:53 AM

Love this! It's all so very true.

David S | 3/6/2019 10:32:38 AM

Again, the picture under #3 alienates members who are Mets or Red Sox fans. Lose it :)

Lori V | 3/6/2019 9:39:07 AM

Hats off to aid professionals!

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