Financial Aid Administrator Surveys

Use these benchmarking surveys to determine what's happening in the field and among your peers, as reported by our members.

NASFAA & College Board 2013 Institutional Loan Fact Sheet
NASFAA partners with the College Board to provide institutional loan data for the annual Trends in Student Aid report. This fact sheet summarizes survey results for 2013.
2012 Salary Model & Benchmarking Report
Compare your salary to that of your peers employed by similar institutions. NASFAA’s updated Salary Model allows you to enter a number of 2011-12 variables that have been found to be important in determining salary ranges for various positions in a financial aid office.
NASFAA & College Board 2012 Institutional Loan Fact Sheet
NASFAA partners with the College Board to provide institutional loan data for the annual Trends in Student Aid report. This fact sheet summarizes survey results for 2012.
Staffing Survey Documents Growing Workload for Financial Aid Offices
April 17, 2012 -- Financial aid offices are serving more students and administering more student aid dollars with fewer operating expenses, according to a recent staffing survey of National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) members.  
Reconciling Federal, State, and Institutional Policies Determining Educational Access for Undocumented Students: Implications for Professional Practice
Mar. 8, 2012 -- The 2011 study outlined in this report was conducted by the National Forum for the Public Good, which surveyed NASFAA members about institutional policies and practices targeting undocumented students. It represents the first such systematic nationwide examination of institutional policies.
Administrative Cost Allowances Vital to Student Financial Aid Offices
Aug. 8, 2011 -- A majority of institutions reported that the Administrative Cost Allowance -- federal funding that helps offset the cost of administering federal student aid -- is a vital resource needed to support essential, day-to-day operations.
Quick Scan Survey: Institutional Budget Cuts
Jan. 15, 2010 -- The majority of college financial aid offices have seen cuts to their operating budgets and increases in workload since the recession began in 2008.
Quick Scan Survey: Verification
Dec. 1, 2009 -- 78% of financial aid offices reported an increase in the number of aid applicants selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education in the 2009-10 award year compared to the previous year.
Quick Scan Survey: Increases in Aid Applications, Awards and Appeals
Sept. 23, 2009 -- The economic downturn is driving a dramatic increase in aid applications, appeals for re-consideration due to special circumstances, and number of applicants who qualify for need-based aid.
Quick Scan Survey: Perkins Loan Reform
Aug. 19, 2009 -- 79% of postsecondary institutions prefer expanding the current Perkins Loan program rather than replacing it with the Direct Perkins Loan program being proposed in Congress.
Quick Scan Survey: Making the Switch to Direct Lending
July 22, 2009 -- We surveyed 167 institutions that switched from the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program to the Direct Loan program within the past year to learn what their transition was like.
Views on Simplifying Financial Aid
Nov. 30, 2008 -- Aid administrators believe a federal student aid system that uses one grant, one loan, and one work program would reduce confusion and frustration experienced by students and families.  
Job Satisfaction Among Financial Aid Administrators
Jul. 1, 2008 -- 98% of financial aid administrators responding to survey consider their work important to students and their institutions. 96% are proud of their jobs, and 86% report high personal satisfaction in their professional roles. Results of a 2008 survey by NASFAA.
Reconciling Federal, State and Institutional Policies Determining Access for Undocumented Students
The executive summary for the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good report, "Reconciling Federal, State and Institutional Policies Determining Access for Undocumented Students." The full report is available online (free registration required).