This week was definitely the busiest I’ve had at NASFAA, but probably the most rewarding. On Tuesday, NASFAA released its 2018 National Profile publication on Capitol Hill in an event titled "The State of Student Aid" — I helped prepare for the event, finalize data figures in the profile, and even got to present for a few minutes during the briefing!
The policy team structured the presentation to give a base-level overview of the federal student aid programs, offer insight into student aid from the perspective of an administrator (thank you, Joan Zanders!), and outline an important topic in financial aid policy (this year, we highlighted FAFSA simplification and verification). There was a really nice turnout — we hope the audience left with a deeper understanding of the federal role in student financial aid, how programs work, and what improvements policymakers can consider to make them work better.
Publication Date: 7/27/2018