System Simplification


  • Simplification of the Student Aid System: Eight Specific Recommendations
    Recents efforts to simplify the FAFSA do not go far enough to ensure that the process does not pose a barrier to postsecondary education access. NASFAA presents eight specific recommendations for an efficient and effective process that eliminates roadblocks to access while maintaining system integrity. The paper was produced for NASFAA's National Conversation Initiative on Access and Aid for Student Success.
  • Assessing Ability to Pay Under a Simplified System
    Envisions how an Income-to-Poverty Ratio could practically be used as an eligibility indicator for federal student aid programs, and considers further implications. The paper was written for NASFAA's National Conversation Initiative and expands on the idea of replacing the Expected Family Contribution construct in selected situations.
  • Example Simplified FAFSA
    A draft of how simple the FAFSA could be, incorporating National Conversation Initiative Recommendations. This model for a streamlined application was delivered to the White House Council of Economic Advisors for consideration in FAFSA system redesign.
  • NASFAA Survey: Financial Aid Administrators’ Views on Simplifying Financial Aid
    Aid administrators believe a federal student aid system that uses one grant, one loan, and one work program would reduce confusion and frustration experienced by students and families.
  • Fixing the Formula: A New Approach to Determining Independent Students’ Ability to Pay for College
    As the number of older undergraduate students rises and graduate study becomes more common, equitable distribution of funds to independent students becomes increasingly important.
  • Re-Thinking Educational Loans: A White Paper from the National Forum on Educational Loans. The time has come to re-think student loans as a long-term educational financing strategy and restructure the way in which these loans are provided to students.
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