NASFAA Resources Help Schools Fight to Protect Critical Financial Aid Programs

Colleges Can Host Their Own Rallies, Advocate Congress to Maintain Federal Financial Aid Funding

September 21, 2017 — With the approach of budget season in Congress, many federal financial aid programs for college students are on the chopping block, with billions of dollars in student aid under threat. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is offering its member institutions resources and information on how to make their voices heard in the Fight for Financial Aid (#Fight4FinAid).

“Proposals to cut federal student aid program budgets would close the door for countless students nationwide who rely on financial aid to pay for college, taking away valuable resources from low- and middle-income students,” NASFAA President Justin Draeger said. “It is imperative that the higher education community, students, and families advocate against such budget cuts and show their support for robust federal financial aid programs.”

NASFAA’s Fight for Financial Aid Organizing Guide is designed to assist all student aid advocates, including institutions of higher education, students and student governments, and community leaders. In this guide, institutions will find information on how to make their voices heard in the Fight for Financial Aid. Organizing a rally, visiting with your member of Congress, posting on social media – all are opportunities to educate people about the importance of federal student aid and motivate them to get involved. NASFAA also offers tips on how to hold an effective rally in support of financial aid, such as the one it hosted at its 2017 National Conference in San Diego, CA.

These materials, and more, are part of NASFAA’s Fight for Financial Aid campaign to shine a light on potentially devastating cuts proposed to financial aid. Follow along on Twitter (#Fight4FinAid) and Facebook to stay informed about the latest threats to student aid, and help us take action to oppose these cuts.

NASFAA policy experts are available to further discuss the proposed cuts and what action student aid advocates can take. For more information, contact us at 202-785-6959 or to set up an interview. 

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 20,000 financial aid professionals at nearly 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every ten undergraduates in the United States. Based in Washington, D.C., NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. For more information, visit

Publication Date: 9/21/2017

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