It is with great sadness we announce the passing of past national chair and friend George Chin. Prior to his retirement, George worked for 26 years as the university director for student financial aid at the City University of New York and later served as a senior federal policy consultant at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He was deeply involved in financial aid associations at the state, regional, and national levels having served over the course of his career as president of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA), president of the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (EASFAA), a member of the NASFAA Board of Directors, and 2004-2005 NASFAA National Chair.
Over the years, George lent his knowledge and expertise to numerous NASFAA task forces and committees, including the Finance Committee, Higher Education Act Reauthorization Task Force, Campus-Based Aid Allocation Task Force, and in 1987 he was awarded the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award for his contribution to the “Annotated Bibliography of Literature on Student Financial Aid.” Ever a believer in the power and importance of financial aid, George was a donor and member of the advisory committee overseeing the Dallas Martin Endowment for Education, which seeks to help cultivate the next generation of student aid advocates.
Through his many contributions and volunteer hours, George was perhaps best known at the national level for his firm grasp of both the theory and practice of student financial aid. He excelled in explaining the complexities of financial aid in a way everyone could understand. In his testimony before Congress in 2003, George emphasized his hope that financial aid always maintain “fairness, equity and effectiveness” above all.
NASFAA is grateful for the impact George has had on the financial aid community as a whole. Our sincerest condolences and best wishes go out to George’s family and friends. He will be sorely missed.
Publication Date: 2/5/2017