By Owen Daugherty, NASFAA Staff Reporter
Members of NASFAA’s policy team gave a crash course Wednesday as they reviewed the various Title IV aid programs that financial aid offices administer. The webinar Wednesday highlighted the recent release of the 2021 National Student Aid Profile, an annual report from NASFAA that outlines the trends for each of the major federal student aid programs.
The webinar Wednesday also detailed all new legislation introduced in 2020 and broke them down into several categories, including FAFSA simplification, quality and accountability, and campus-based aid.
Alex DeLonis, director of financial aid at Wabash College and a 2020-21 NASFAA Diversity Leadership Program participant, provided a snapshot of his institution's financial aid programs by the numbers, detailing the student body and the programs the students utilize. DeLonis also spoke about how his institution utilized its allocations from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to help students and adapt to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We tried to get that money out to students in every way that was discussed by the financial aid community,” he said. “We did an application and we did direct grants. We tried different ways to identify students with extraordinary needs.”
Publication Date: 3/31/2022