NASFAA works in partnership with six regional associations of financial aid administrators to deliver excellence in student aid administration. These regional associations, in turn, work closely with state associations representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Pacific Islands. While we work at the national level, state and regional associations play an important role in advocating for and serving students in their communities. We support local associations through activities such as:
NASFAA was created as an outgrowth of regional associations of financial aid administrators and maintains a healthy working relationship with the regions to this day. A group of financial aid administrators from various regions of the United States first met on October 24, 1966, to organize a national coordinating body and serve as a voice for professional student financial aid administrators. It was agreed that each of the three regional associations in existence at that time (Midwestern, Southwestern, and Southern) would be represented on the board, as well as persons from other areas of the country. By 1969, the original three regional associations had been joined by the Eastern, Rocky Mountain, and Western associations and the name of the national organization became the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
While NASFAA and the six regional associations share many commonalities, they are independent nonprofit organizations with their own governance. Today, each regional association has representatives on the NASFAA Board, as codified in the NASFAA Bylaws.