NASFAA is active in the proactive policy arena, which allows for effective, productive engagement with the higher education community on key policy issues. Some recent initiatives and topics of focus include:
As Congress begins serious consideration of reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended, legislation and related resources, including NASFAA comments and in-depth analysis, can be found on this page. This HEA Reauthorization page also offers HEA-related legislation from 2013-2016 and NASFAA’s HEA recommendations for Congress.
Verification is the process used by institutions to check the accuracy of the information the student and, in the case of a dependent student, the student's parents, provided when applying for Title IV federal student aid via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). While verification is an important step in maintaining the integrity of federal aid programs, it imposes significant burdens on students and aid administrators. NASFAA continues to advocate on behalf of its members and the students they aid, providing thoughtful and burden reducing proposals for changes to the verification process.
Negotiated Rulemaking (or "Neg Reg") is a process used by the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies, in which representatives from a government agency and affected interest groups negotiate the terms of a proposed administrative rule. The agency publishes the proposed rule in the Federal Register and then follows the usual rulemaking procedure of soliciting public comments, which are evaluated for inclusion in the final rule. NASFAA has historically participated in Neg Regs pertaining to federal student aid program regulations, by supporting and sending financial aid administrators from members institutions, NASFAA staff, and others to the negotiating table.
NASFAA regularly convenes task forces comprised of geographically diverse groups of NASFAA member volunteers from all types of postsecondary institutions and sectors to help review legislative and policy proposals and voice NASFAA's position on pending legislation.