NASFAA Statement on Supreme Court Race-Conscious Admissions Decision

Contact: Allie Arcese
Director of Communications
(202) 785-6954
[email protected]

WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 29, 2023 — The United States Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against the use of race-conscious policies in college admissions, striking down decades of precedent in a move that will also impact how postsecondary student financial aid is awarded.

NASFAA President and CEO Justin Draeger issued the following statement in response to the decision: 

“The Supreme Court has now ruled on the matter, and we must all respect and uphold the law of the land. However, we cannot ignore the fact that racial and ethnic gaps in college access and attainment persist, and these disparities must be addressed, even within this new legal framework. 

We will continue to work steadfastly to create a just and equitable society and help college campuses to fully live up to their missions and values, while fully complying with the law. NASFAA will work with member institutions to ensure we understand these legal ramifications and how they will impact financial aid policies and practices now and in the future.”

NASFAA policy experts are available to speak to members of the media about the impact of the Supreme Court decision. To set up an interview, please email NASFAA Director of Communications Allie Arcese or call (202) 785-6954.


The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 29,000 financial aid professionals at approximately 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every 10 undergraduates in the U.S. 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.

Publication Date: 6/29/2023

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