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Transforming Financial Aid Offers: Balancing Clarity, Transparency, and Customization

Session Type:

Concurrent Session


Join NASFAA President Justin Draeger, former American Council on Education Senior Vice President and current Senior Fellow Terry Hartle, and NASFAA Policy Analyst Megan Walter as they discuss the creation and progress of a national task force aimed at enhancing student financial aid offers. This collaborative effort unites 10 higher education associations to establish clear, transparent, and consumer-friendly principles and standards, while still allowing for institutional customization. Discover the task force’s origin, current work, and future plans.

Friday, June 30

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

30 CDE

Session Speakers

Alex DeLonis

Alex DeLonis, FAAC

Assistant Vice President of Student Financial Services
Saint Louis University

Sector: Nonprofit

Alex DeLonis, FAAC, currently serves as the Director of Financial Aid at Wabash College in Crawfordsville Indiana. Before arriving at Wabash, he served as the Director of Financial Aid Processing at Ivy Tech Community College, and began his financial aid career at two different community colleges in Illinois. Alex has been active in state, regional, and national financial aid associations for more than a decade and a half. He currently participates on NASFAA’s FAFSA Simplification Working Group, the Paying for College Transparency Initiative which looks to improve aid offers, and is a former participant of NASFAA’s Diversity Leadership Program. In addition to his work at the national level, Alex currently serves on the executive board for both ISFAA & MASFAA.
Justin Draeger

Justin Draeger

President and CEO

Sector: Unspecified

Justin is president and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. He serves as the primary voice of NASFAA and as the liaison between the association members, the U.S. Congress, federal agencies and the media. Most of Justin's career has been devoted to assisting disadvantaged populations achieve their educational goals and better their communities. Since 2002, Justin has been engaged in either administering, interpreting, communicating, or developing student financial aid policy. His prior experiences include working as a financial aid director, regulatory and policy analyst, and spokesperson. He has held senior positions overseeing government relations, communications, and policy work. Justin has testified in multiple Congressional hearings on student financial aid, college access, student loan policy, and the interplay between federal agencies and colleges and universities. He is frequently quoted in the press and has appeared on The Today Show on NBC, National Public Radio, APM's Marketplace, Fox Business News, CNBC, and C-SPAN, and is often quoted in national news outlets. Justin serves on several boards of directors that promote health and education. He earned his undergraduate from Brigham Young University and his MBA from Baker College. Justin lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife and three children.

Terry Hartle

Senior Fellow
American Council on Education

Session Moderator

Megan Walter

Megan Walter

Policy Analyst

Sector: Unspecified

Note: Speaker and moderator information is self-reported.