2015 Year in Review: NASFAA's Most-Read Facebook Posts

NASFAA members and followers continued to be engaged in our Facebook page, helping us reach over 4,000 followers in 2015. Among our most popular posts were the one about the Obama administration's move to prior-prior year tax data and the post about NASFAA President Justin Draeger's recent testimony to Congress on FSA as a performance agency. Check out the top 10 most popular posts to NASFAA's Facebook account for 2015 and don't forget to follow us.

  • President Barack Obama today took executive action to allow the use of prior-prior year (PPY) tax information on the FAFSA, which will increase the form’s accuracy and give families an earlier and more accurate idea of their anticipated financial aid and college costs. The move to PPY is a victory for students and college-access advocates - find out more at NASFAA.org! (September 13, 2015)
  • Happy Financial Aid Day! Financial Aid Day (FAD), celebrated each year on the third Wednesday in October, is a special day set aside to celebrate and recognize the contribution of all financial aid professionals across the United States for helping students make their college-going dreams a reality. On FAD colleagues are encouraged to do something special – have an office party, a potluck, a toast, etc. – to celebrate our contribution to our profession. What is your office doing to celebrate the occasion? Send your stories and pictures to [email protected] for the chance to have them shared on our Facebook page. (October 21, 2015)
  • Interest rates on federal student loans are projected to drop July 1, from 4.66% to 4.29% on subsidized and unsubsidized undergraduate direct loans, from 6.21% to 5.84% on graduate direct loans, and from 7.21% to 6.84% for Grad and Parent PLUS loans. (May 13, 2015)
  • "We truly do see FSA as a partner, but partnership is not a one-way street. We have provided several recommendations to you on ways that we hope will address these issues, including more oversight,” NASFAA President Justin Draeger said during his Congressional testimony this morning. "FSA has had many successes, their staff are as dedicated to students as any financial aid administrator, but we will continue to have these problems until there are meaningful cultural and structural changes made within this agency," he added. For more on the hearing and Justin's testimony, check out Thursday's issue of Today's News! (November 18, 2015)
  • Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Higher Education Act (HEA) into law, which he said would "swing open a new door for the young people of America…the door to education." #NASFAATurns50 (November 8, 2015)
  • In anticipation of its switch from the Federal Student Aid PIN to the FSA ID on May 10, the Department of Education has released a one-page guide for students, parents, and borrowers. The guide walks users through a six-step process to create an FSA ID, which they will need to sign in to certain ED websites. In an Electronic Announcement Monday, ED recommended sharing the guide with your audiences after the May 10 implementation date, when users can create an ID. (May 6, 2015)
  • 5 Common Student Loan Mistakes, according to the Department of Education. (June 30, 2015)
  • To celebrate Financial Aid Day, Sam Houston State University's Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management treated the office to ice cream and brownies! The office also won honorable mention for most original costume (A Walk Through Bearkat History) during the school's homecoming celebrations - congratulations! (October 21, 2015)
  • Yesterday, the Department of Education transitioned from using the Federal Student Aid Pin to the new FSA ID. This guide walks users through registering for their own FSA ID: https://ifap.ed.gov/eannouncements/attachments/050415FSAIDReplaceHowToCreateFSAIDGuideATTACH.pdf  (May 11, 2015)
  • ICYMI: Thanks to executive action taken by President Obama on September 13, 2015, instead of waiting until you and/or your parents have completed your tax returns for the previous year, you can now complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA, using information from TWO years prior. Watch our quick video to learn more about how you’ll benefit from this new move to using prior-prior year income data. (September 15, 2015)


Publication Date: 12/10/2015

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