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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  • 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...
  • Advising 'Dreamers' on Paying for College: What Has Changed, and What Hasn't, Since 2012
    June 12, 2017 -   "Back in December of 2012, I wrote an article for NASFAA entitled 'Deferred Action for "Dreamers:" Advising DACA Students About Affording College.' Since then, so much has happened, and yet much still remains the same," ...
  • The Case for Expanding Emergency Aid
    March 13, 2017 - "As experienced financial aid administrators know, the current financial aid system is highly bureaucratic and tightly regulated. As a result, it is also inflexible and often slow-moving. Not only is the application process complex, but the frequent ...
  • Waiting for the Dominoes to Fall
    January 23, 2017 - "Uncertainty reigns in Washington, D.C. these days. The surprise election of Donald Trump and the resulting one-party control of the legislative and executive branches makes substantial changes in federal policy over the next two years nearly inevita...
  • Borrowing Blind: Can Loan Letters Help to Contain Student Debt?
    December 16, 2016 - "No one likes to get a credit card bill every month. Perhaps they regret a month of careless spending, or worry about how they will pay it off. Regardless, it’s a sobering reminder of their spending habits and debt obligations," Amy Glynn, vice...
  • Cost of Attendance: More Than Tuition
    November 29, 2016 - "With Donald Trump winning the presidency and Republicans holding their lead in Congress, a federal debt-free tuition policy won’t happen any time soon, but there are still plenty of ways institutions and policymakers can address the growing bu...
  • How Public, Means-Tested Benefits Can Help Low-income Students
    April 22, 2016 - "One of the principal barriers to more students pursuing and completing college is the lack of sufficient financial aid and family income. Over the last three decades, college tuition and fees have increased nearly four times faster tha...
  • Scrutiny on Endowments Overlooks Fundamental Facts
    October 28, 2015 - "In recent months, along with continued focus on student debt levels and college costs, public attention has also turned to college and university endowments. Opinion pieces critical of large university endowments have appeared in natio...
  • Setting The Record Straight On Year-Round Pell Grants: A Policy Perspective
    January 22, 2015 - "The death of the year-round Pell Grant is a story that has lingered in the higher education policy community, fueled by widespread suspicion that lawmakers ended the program for reasons beyond solving a budget crisis," Jason Delisle and Ben Miller, ...
  • Student Aid Perspectives Archive
    December 31, 2014 - Student Aid Perspectives is an occasional, longer-format series designed to offer thought-provoking articles on current student aid topics written by expert authors.
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