Advocacy Resources

Advocacy iconOn this page, you can find resources to aid your advocacy efforts. The National Student Aid Profile and the "What Financial Aid Administrators Do" sheet for congressional offices are below. Furthermore, the NASFAA Policy & Federal Relations staff has created several one-pagers on key current issues, which can also be found below.


  • NASFAA Issue Briefs
    June 14, 2021 - As Higher Education Act (HEA) Reauthorization inches closer to action, NASFAA launched a new series of issue briefs on timely federal student aid policy issues. Each issue brief provides background and recommendations for lawmakers.
  • Best Practices for Effective Virtual Advocacy
    February 25, 2021 - To support members conducting advocacy amid the pandemic, NASFAA developed this guide containing best practices for effective virtual advocacy and instructions on how to schedule a remote meeting with your Representative of Senator.
  • Advocacy in Action
    February 3, 2021 - NASFAA is regularly engaged in advocacy, public policy, and research to support our mission: promoting programs that remove financial barriers and ensure access to postsecondary education. Below are examples of NASFAA's advocacy efforts in action.
  • Investing in Our Future
    November 20, 2020 - NASFAA outlines the top five student aid policies needed to sustain and strengthen higher education.
  • History of Changes to Financial Aid Verification
    September 28, 2020 - This flowchart, which outlines the sort of "one step forward, two steps back" pattern that the financial aid community has come to know with regard to verification, will be used to help with advocacy efforts related to verification.
  • 2020 National Student Aid Profile
    July 30, 2020 - The National Student Aid Profile, updated for the 2020-21 academic year, provides detailed information about each of the programs authorized under Title IV of the HEA.
  • Making Financial Aid Work for All
    August 22, 2019 - As Congress inches closer to taking a wholesale look at the federal role in higher education through the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), NASFAA is pleased to outline recommendations to make financial aid work for all.
  • 2019 National Profile
    July 23, 2019 - The National Profile, updated for the 2019-20 academic year, provides detailed information about each of the programs authorized under Title IV of the HEA.
  • What Financial Administrators Do
    December 10, 2018 - This PDF explains what financial aid offices and NASFAA do and the resources each provides for the financial aid community, policymakers, and their staff. This document can serve as a great resource when meeting with elected officials.
  • Financial Aid and Graduate & Professional Students
    October 18, 2018 - This one-pager provides recommendations and corresponding legislation to support graduate and professional students through federal student aid.
  • 2018 National Student Aid Profile
    July 24, 2018 - This report provides detailed information about each of the programs authorized under Title IV of the HEA, including descriptions of the federal student aid programs, recent trends in federal program appropriations & income levels of students.
  • Risk-Sharing Brief
    October 28, 2016 - As Congress works toward reauthorization, broad themes and proposals have emerged. including a focus on sharing the “risk” in higher education. This brief provides background, recommendations, and resources on this this topic.
  • HEA Reauthorization One-Pager
    April 28, 2016 - This one-pager outlines key recommendations surfaced from NASFAA's Reauthorization Task Force (RTF) report in 2013 and additional recommendations from policy task forces since then.
  • Streamlining Student Loan Repayment One-Pager
    February 9, 2015 - This one-pager outlines the challenges and complexities of the current student loan repayment process and provides a recommendation to simplify the system for borrowers.
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