10 Reasons Why NASFAA Members Are Awesome

The National Student Financial Aid Council—the precursor to NASFAA—was formed 52 years ago today on Oct. 24, 1966. Today, in honor of our founding, we celebrate you, our members. Read on to find out why we think NASFAA members are so awesome.

1. You help students reach their goals...

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... and make their dreams come true.

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Students across the country have said that attending college would have been a dream just out of their reach if not for financial aid. That wouldn't be possible without you, the "dreamkeepers" who open the doors of opportunity to students.

2. You work long hours...

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... but you know it’s worth it.

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There's no doubt about it—working in the financial aid office means long hours dealing with complicated issues. From processing verification requests and disbursements, to counseling students and staying on top of the latest federal guidance, you do it all.

3. You wear many hats and fill roles for students without guidance.

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Counselor, confidant, therapist, teacher, advocate—financial aid administrators are many things to many people.

4. You're regulatory gurus.

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You know that in order to best help your students, you need to be up to speed on Title IV regulations, and even how potential legislative changes could impact the access to and delivery of federal student aid. It's no small feat, and you tackle it like pros!

5. You know how to manage competing priorities to get the job done...

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... but you also appreciate those rare moments of relaxation.

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Managing two award years concurrently, federal reports, state reports, financial aid nights—and that's just October. There is a lot to do and you get it done with aplomb ... and maybe a little caffeine.

6. You don’t just crunch numbers, you take the time to listen to students and give them moral support...

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... and encouragement.

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As John Quiñones said during the 2017 NASFAA National Conference in San Diego, financial aid "is not just a game of dollars and numbers." Financial aid administrators, he said, are "catalysts for change" who "rescue these students by taking the time to listen. You are literally changing people's lives."

7. You’re no stranger to teamwork. You collaborate with others in your office and on your campus to get the best result.

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It's not uncommon that others on campus might be a little unsure of what exactly financial aid administrators do. With your job comes rules, conditions, reports, disclosures, and sometimes unrelated social agendas, the effects of which can extend well beyond the financial aid office into many other areas of an institution. Communicating across the campus is essential. 

8. You step up and advocate for the profession and for students.

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No one is better equipped than NASFAA members to tell lawmakers what students and institutions really need when it comes to federal financial aid. Your on-the-ground perspective is invaluable in advocating for your schools and your students.

9. You are always looking for opportunities to grow and learn.

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NASFAA members continue to exceed expectations in their dedication to lifelong learning. To date, there have been 13,208 NASFAA U credentials earned by 4,617 people across 17 subjects, and counless other participants in online webinars, showing your desire to expand your knowledgebase. 

10. Nobody says “It depends” quite like you do!

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Publication Date: 10/24/2018


Tammi H | 10/24/2018 3:4:01 PM

Thanks NASFAA!!

Jennifer B | 10/24/2018 10:28:55 AM

#10 is my favorite word in financial aid. I say it often.

Lori V | 10/24/2018 10:28:28 AM

Thanks for everything you do NASFAA, and to all of us in the profession...BRAVO! Financial Aid professionals can make all the difference in the lives of students!!

David S | 10/24/2018 9:39:29 AM

All well and good until you get to the picture for #3, whereby you instantly lose all Mets and Red Sox fans, along with anyone else who has enough heart and soul to hate the Yankees. Bleah. :)

Dolly D | 10/24/2018 8:25:46 AM

52 Years-That's Impressive! Thank you!

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