NASFAA Shares Its Higher Ed Policy Priorities for the Biden Administration

The pandemic has exacerbated college access and affordability issues and created additional concerns, but also presents an opportunity to revamp our country's higher education policies.

Contact: Erin Powers
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WASHINGTON, DC, JAN. 20, 2021 — Inauguration Day is upon us. The new administration has signaled that higher education will be a priority, and we expect that in the coming months and years we'll see many meaningful changes enacted for our nation's postsecondary students and institutions.
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) believes that robust, streamlined student aid policies must play a central role in helping students achieve their educational goals. In its newly published policy priorities document, NASFAA calls on the new administration and 117th Congress to focus on, reinvest in, and recalibrate our country’s policies around postsecondary education.

While the pandemic-related funding, flexibilities, and waivers extended thus far by Congress and the executive branch have provided a tremendous lifeline to students and institutions, additional COVID-19 emergency relief and borrower relief are desperately needed. We're pleased to see the incoming administration has announced this is a top priority.
As it works to support postsecondary students and institutions through the pandemic and refocuses on important efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, NASFAA also calls on the new administration and Congress to take measures to:

  • Strengthen the Federal Pell Grant Program
  • Curb student indebtedness and simplify repayment
  • Enhance student aid delivery

If you're interested in setting up a time to speak with one of NASFAA’s policy and federal relations experts to discuss higher education policy priorities for the incoming Congress and presidential administration, please let us know.


The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 28,000 financial aid professionals at nearly 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every 10 undergraduates in the United States. Based in Washington, D.C., NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. For more information, visit

Publication Date: 1/20/2021

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