The NASFAA Reauthorization Task Force developed a framework last week to advocate for needed changes to the federal student aid programs in the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), and address public concerns about college access, transparency, and accountability.
In anticipation of the expiration of the Higher Education Act in 2014, NASFAA commissioned the HEA Reauthorization Task Force to consult with NASFAA members and other important groups and agencies to develop recommendations on policy issues and specific statutory changes in the federal student aid programs and their delivery systems. The Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended, authorizes the major federal student aid programs. Law mandates that Congress review and "reauthorize" these programs every five to seven years; the next reauthorization is scheduled for 2014, although the actual date will likely be later.
The task force convened this weekend to review NASFAA’s 2002 HEA recommendations and move forward with a plan to provide a new and updated list for HEA reauthorization by fall 2013. Task force members discussed a large list of potential recommendations, including:
The group also broadly discussed need analysis and consumer information.
To further review prior recommendations and discuss new ones, the task force will convene four subcommittees to focus on (1) need analysis (including FAFSA issues), (2) student loan issues, (3) consumer information and (4) return of Title IV funds. The group as a whole will review and determine recommendations on the Pell Grant program and other broad issues like campus-based aid.
The task force will convene again at the NASFAA Conference in Chicago this July.
The task force also will hold listening sessions to solicit recommendations and reactions from the financial aid community. As currently scheduled, listening sessions will be held at the following conferences. Additional listening sessions are being added regularly.
|Event||Task Force Members||Date||Location|
|Assn. of Private Sector Colleges and Universities||Tom Babel||June 20-22||Las Vegas, NV|
|Michigan Conference||Pam Fowler||June 24-27||Mackinaw Island, MI|
|NASFAA Conference||Ron Day||July 22||Chicago, IL|
|NACUBO||Tom Babel||July 28-31||National Harbor, MD|
|COHEAO||Tom Babel||July 31-Aug. 2||St. Louis, MO|
|NYSFAAA||Mike Pede, George Chin||Oct. 9-11||Saratoga, NY|
|RMASFAA||Robert Gamez, Craig Munier||Oct. 14-17||Omaha, NE|
|MASFAA||Tom Babel||Oct. 14-17||Milwaukee, WI|
|College Board National Forum||Bonnie Joerschke, Mark Lindenmeyer, Frank Valines, Pam Fowler||Oct. 24-26||Miami, FL|
|SWASFAA||Nov. 14-16||San Antonio, TX|
|California Community College Assn. (CCCSFAAA)||Pat Hurley||Dec. 8-9||Sacramento, CA|
|California Conference||Pat Hurley||Dec. 9-1||Anaheim, CA|
Publication Date: 4/4/2012