Statement on Department of Education's Appointment of FAFSA Executive Advisor

Contact: Allie Arcese
Sr. Director, Strategic Communications
(202) 785-6954
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WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 14, 2024 — On Friday, the U.S. Department of Education announced it would be appointing Jeremy Singer, president of the College Board, to serve as FAFSA Executive Advisor in the office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) to lead the strategy for the launch of the 2025-26 FAFSA and “accelerate technology innovation to further enhance FSA’s technical and operational capabilities.” 

In response to this news, NASFAA President & CEO Justin Draeger issued the following statement: 

“After this year’s troubled FAFSA rollout — which the financial aid and college access communities and the Department of Education are still working to triage for students — we need to ensure the same mistakes are not repeated for next year’s cycle. 

It’s encouraging to see the Department is committing additional resources and manpower to course correct for next year, and reassuring to hear they remain committed to an October 1 launch. 

We continue to push the Department to provide additional clarity as soon as possible on what an October 1 launch means for both students and schools. It's imperative that the entire system, from application submission to processing, is operative on October 1 and that the Department clearly articulates that functionality to all stakeholders along the way. We owe our students and families a seamless rollout of next year’s FAFSA.”



The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 29,000 financial aid professionals at approximately 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every 10 undergraduates in the U.S. 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.

Publication Date: 6/14/2024

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