Media Alert: NASFAA to Host Postsecondary Education Financing Forum May 11 in New York City

Former Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter to Give Opening Remarks

WHAT: College cost has become a key issue this election cycle, with candidates talking openly about subsidizing some or all of a public college education. As costs continue to climb, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) recognizes the need to convene thought leaders in the field of higher education to discuss why college costs so much and what can be done to reduce indebtedness and simplify repayment. Together, we will explore policy issues surrounding the financing of postsecondary education at a forum event to be held in our country's financial capital, New York City.

WHO: Members of the media, financial experts, policy organizations, and the public are invited to join us for a morning of discussion and debate as we hear from a variety of speakers on the topics of cost, indebtedness, repayments, and more. Opening remarks will be provided by former Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter. Other speakers will include: 

  • Justin Draeger, president of NASFAA; 
  • James Partridge, senior economist and associate director, Moody’s Analytics;
  • David Lucca, research officer, Federal Reserve Bank of New York;
  • Dr. Bob Archibald, chancellor professor of economics, College of William and Mary;
  • Kevin James, director of higher education, Jain Family Institute;
  • Marc Jerome, executive vice president, Monroe College;
  • Megan McClean Coval, NASFAA VP of Policy and Federal Relations; and
  • Representatives from Berkeley College, the State University of New York (SUNY) system, and the City University of New York (CUNY) system.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 9:00 am - 1:00 pm ET. 

A light breakfast and lunch will be served.

WHERE: New York University, Kimmel Center, Room 802, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

TO ATTEND: Please RSVP by this Friday, April 29, 2016 at 5:00 pm ET. For questions, contact Erin Timmons, NASFAA’s Director of Communications, at 202-785-6959 or

TO WATCH THE LIVE WEBCAST: Go to to register, free of charge, and watch the live webcast of the event on May 11, beginning at 9:00 am ET.

ABOUT US: This event is sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), along with the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (EASFAA), and the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA). NASFAA is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 20,000 financial aid professionals at approximately 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every ten undergraduates in the U.S. Based in Washington, DC, 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

Publication Date: 4/27/2016

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