Each winter, students across the country begin the process of applying for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Throughout the month of February, the higher education community, including the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), celebrates Financial Aid Awareness Month, in an effort to provide crucial information to students and families about access to federal, state, and institutional student aid.
This February, NASFAA will be facilitating a social media campaign and a series of Q&A sessions to spread awareness. NASFAA invites parents, college students, and prospective college students to submit their pressing financial aid questions by tagging NASFAA on Twitter, or by using the hashtag #FinAidFeb. Students and their families can also follow @NASFAA for advice on a different topic each week, such as what students need to know about filling out the FAFSA, who gives financial aid and how types of aid differ from one another, how to budget and manage student debt while in school, and making a plan to repay student loans after graduating.
This week, to kick off Financial Aid Awareness Month, NASFAA is taking questions about filling out the FAFSA, the application that acts as a gateway to billions of dollars in federal student aid. Submitted questions will be answered by NASFAA members, who serve as financial aid professionals all over the country on Wednesday, February 3 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm ET and Friday, February 5, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET. Other Twitter Q&A topics, times and dates are as follows:
"With Financial Aid Awareness Month upon us, we hope to be a valuable resource for students and parents who don't know where to look for reliable information about applying for financial aid and managing the cost of a college education," said NASFAA President Justin Draeger. "Financial aid administrators can provide thorough and up-to-date advice and counseling, and through our #FinAidFeb social media campaign we hope to get that information out to the students who need it most."
NASFAA has free resources on college costs and financial aid for students, parents, and high school counselors. Experts are also available for interviews on why increasing financial awareness is critical. To schedule an interview with a NASFAA expert, please contact us at 202-785-6959 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 20,000 financial aid professionals at nearly 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every ten undergraduates in the United States. Based in Washington, D.C., NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. For more information, visit www.nasfaa.org.
Publication Date: 2/2/2016