Student Aid Perspectives

Perspectives - IconStudent Aid Perspectives is an occasional, longer-format series designed to offer thought-provoking articles on current student aid topics written by expert authors.

Perspectives articles are intended to encourage dialogue among NASFAA members, using NASFAA.org’s article commenting feature. While these articles are typically reviewed by NASFAA’s Publications Editorial Board and/or communications staff, the opinions offered and statements made do not imply endorsement by NASFAA or guarantee the accuracy of information presented.

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  • 2021 Will Test Us. Here's How Rethinking the Aid Offer Will Help Us Through
    January 19, 2021 - The stage for the 2021-22 school year is being set with escalated concerns about college enrollment. Couple these troubling early indicators in the 2021-22 enrollment cycle with the fiscal difficulties millions of American families are ...
  • Modifications to Income-Driven Repayment Plans
    May 19, 2020 - Income-drive repayment (IDR) plans may encourage students to borrow more, are difficult to administer, and create substantial economic uncertainty for student borrowers. The scheduled elimination of interest payments after 15 years remo...
  • The Practical Side of Higher Education Accountability
    March 24, 2020 - Despite political leanings or affiliations, the higher education community agrees that there needs to be an improvement in accountability to meet the needs of students and taxpayers. The real challenge comes in when the community struggles to define ...
  • Fraud Prevention: It's a Campus-Wide Issue
    February 24, 2020 - Student aid fraud is a big problem that isn't going away. In fact, as digital transactions become more prevalent, fraud will likely become more pervasive and sophisticated. This week, NASFAA's Perspectives op-ed series returns with a th...
  • Are We Getting What We Should From Higher Education?
    January 28, 2020 - Quality is one of the most hotly debated issues in higher education. But what is quality in higher education? And who's to judge? This week, NASFAA's Perspectives op-ed series returns with a thought-provoking op-ed article designed to s...
  • Toaster Ovens, Porcelain Fixtures, and Students, Oh My!
    November 14, 2019 - How will recent shifts in the ethics code of admissions professionals impact student aid and enrollment management? This week, NASFAA's Perspectives op-ed series returns with a thought-provoking op-ed article designed to stimulate discussion on thi...
  • Student Loan Borrowers and Their Families Are Imperiled by Loss of Earned Income Tax Credit
    May 29, 2018 - "Both the [Earned Income Tax Credit] and federal student loans were designed to support economic mobility and achievement of financial stability for low-income Americans working towards a better future and to help lift future generations out of pover...
  • The Absurd Way We Report Higher Education Data
    March 5, 2018 - "Due to statutory limitations, students and families are only privy to incomplete and sometimes inaccurate information on a college's performance, including how many students graduate or their post-enrollment earnings. ...[S]ystematically asking stud...
  • Student Aid Perspectives Archive
    December 31, 2017 - Student Aid Perspectives is an occasional, longer-format series designed to offer thought-provoking articles on current student aid topics written by expert authors. Below is the archive of previous Student Aid Perspective articles.  
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