NASFAA Mourns the Passing of Harvey Grotrian

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of longtime financial aid professional and past NASFAA National Chair Harvey Grotrian. Harvey served as the 1991-92 national chair and was the director of the office of financial aid (OFA) at the University of Michigan until his retirement in 1995, a role he held for 17 years. As NASFAA national chair, Harvey oversaw the creation of a national task force on institutional leadership. He also served in leadership roles across various regional and state student financial aid associations.

Before his time at Michigan, Harvey was the director of financial aid at Valparaiso University and Wayne State University. While at Michigan, Harvey and the office strengthened financial aid programs for undergraduate students, resulting in greater student diversity, increased enrollment of highly qualified students, and a renewed commitment to making the university’s education affordable for in-state students. He also led the university’s involvement in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. 

“In my work life, I have enjoyed no greater satisfaction than that which I have felt by working as a member of the OFA team at the University of Michigan,” he said upon retirement. “Our mission and our commitment to it has been a constant source of inspiration and pride for me.”

Following his retirement, Harvey stayed active in the profession, publishing articles on college financial aid and continuing to make public speaking appearances, along with spending more time with his family and pursuing his passion for classic American cars.

NASFAA is grateful for the impact Harvey has had on the financial aid community as a whole. Our sincerest condolences and best wishes go out to Harvey’s family and friends. He will remain in our thoughts.


Publication Date: 9/14/2020

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