NASFAA In the News

Below are NASFAA's recent appearances in the media. 

  • How Low-Income Students Can Avoid This College Debt Trap
    October 13, 2017 - "This fall, millions of students stepped onto college campuses with dreams of degrees and the better lives that can come with them. For many, though, the journey won’t be easy: Six years after enrolling, some 30% will have left without graduati...
  • Fafsa Student Aid Form Available, Along With I.R.S. Data Tool
    October 10, 2017 - "Students and families seeking financial help for college will notice some possibly confusing changes this fall when they fill out an important federal form known as the Fafsa," The New York Times reports. NASFAA's Justin Draeger is quoted.
  • McConnell Seeks Exception to Rules for School
    October 10, 2017 - "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is asking the Education Department to skirt its rules and make an exception to provide federal dollars to a college in his home state –– even though a high percentage of its graduates defaulted on t...
  • 3 Ways To Get More Money From Filing Your FAFSA
    October 4, 2017 - "Students are now able to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which allows millions of college students to apply for $120 billion worth of federal college aid," according to CNBC. "'The biggest mistake that people make is n...
  • Ongoing Barriers to College Aid
    October 4, 2017 - "Two tweaks to the federal student aid application process -- an earlier start date and use of family income data from the previous year -- appear to have boosted completion rates of applications for federal student aid. A years-long decline in filin...
  • Student Defaults on Loans Drop Off in Arkansas
    October 3, 2017 - "The percentage of people in Arkansas who did not make payments on their federal student loans within three years of graduating has dropped from 2013 to 2014, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Education," Arkansas Online re...
  • The 2018-2019 FAFSA Just Opened. Here's What You Need to Know This Year
    October 3, 2017 - "The beginning of the annual college financial aid application season is here. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as the FAFSA, is available for the 2018-2019 school year beginning today, October 1," according to Money....
  • When it Comes to College Financial Aid, Filing Early Isn't Always Best
    October 2, 2017 - "Great news for the super-organized: Starting Sunday, you can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to start your financial aid process for the 2018-19 school year," CNBC reports. NASFAA's Karen McCarthy is quoted.
  • The Complete Guide to Federal Student Loans for Immigrants
    October 2, 2017 - "An estimated 22.6 million of the 43 million foreign-born residents in the United States aren't citizens, according to the Center for American Progress," Student Loan Hero writes. "So, how many would be eligible to receive federal student aid?" NASFA...
  • The IRS DRT is Ready for FAFSA Season – Are You?
    September 29, 2017 - "The 2018-19 FAFSA season launches Oct. 1, and an old friend is back to help ease the process. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is available once again to help families provide their tax information directly from the IRS. This tool was shut down in ...
  • Dampening Innovation, One Institution at a Time
    September 29, 2017 - "Congress must carefully consider and address innovative learning models in the next reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and carve out space for colleges and universities to experiment without fear of federal reprisal," NASFAA President Justi...
  • Crunch Time for Perkins Loan Program
    September 28, 2017 - "As the expiration date for the Perkins Loan program approaches this week, it's unclear whether the program will survive to the next financial aid cycle -- despite bipartisan support for legislation in both chambers of Congress that would extend the ...
  • Automated Tax-Retrieval Tool to Return to FAFSA
    September 28, 2017 - "The automated tool designed to make it easier to put tax information into financial-aid applications will be back online Oct. 1, according to federal officials," Education Week reports. NASFAA's Erin Powers is quoted in the article.
  • It’s FAFSA Time: Get Your Clients Ready
    September 27, 2017 - "In less than a week students and their families will be able to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which serves as the basis for need-based aid dispensed by the federal government, the states and individual college campuses,"...
  • Complete Your 2018-2019 FAFSA Using The IRS Data Retrieval Tool
    September 26, 2017 - "The 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available to complete online October 1, 2017 and with the IRS Data Retrieval Tool having been taken down last year, I reached out to Karen McCarthy, Director of Policy Analysis for th...
  • Colleges Offer Aid for the Unexpected
    September 25, 2017 - "A recent heavy rainstorm flooded an apartment complex near Central Michigan University, displacing a number of students. Several had nowhere else to stay. To the rescue: Central Michigan's Student Emergency Fund, a financial reserve provided by priv...
  • Is It OK to Spend Your Financial Aid Refund?
    September 20, 2017 - "Just a few weeks into their college education, many students receive funds totaling hundreds or possibly thousands of dollars — the 'extra' money from the student’s financial aid package," Magnify Money reports. NASFAA's Karen McCarthy i...
  • Cutting From the Pell Grant Reserve Fund Is Worse Than It Sounds
    September 18, 2017 - "For decades, the federal Pell Grant program has provided much-needed financial assistance to students around the country who struggle to pay for a college education. Each year nearly eight million students -- the majority of whom come from...
  • California: Loans In A Pinch
    September 12, 2017 - "For students who are experiencing difficulty securing funds before the start of the semester, Diablo Valley College may be able to help," the school's student newspaper, The Inquirer, reports. NASFAA is mentioned in the article.
  • Wisconsin: Broken Car? Medical Bill? New Grant Programs Keep Students On Track During Emergencies
    September 11, 2017 - "A part-time childcare worker, Kubosch was thrown into a financial crisis that could have forced her to drop out. But an anonymous donor stepped up so the Mequon native could stay in school until insurance money became available. The situation helped...
  • FAFSA Headaches Might Ease as Online IRS Tool Returns
    August 24, 2017 - "Filling out the FAFSA for financial aid is always a headache, but things got worse earlier this year after ID thieves forced the Internal Revenue Service to shut down an online tax tool that made it easier for families to report their income. Now, t...
  • Resource Helps Nontraditional Students Navigate Financial Aid Process
    August 23, 2017 - "To ease the financial aid application process for students with unique circumstances and backgrounds, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) recently published tip sheets," Associations Now reports.
  • Ask Brianna: How Do I Help My Parents Pay Off College Debt?
    August 23, 2017 - "'Ask Brianna' is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out," Brianna McGurran writes. "I'm here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans –– all the real-world stuff no one taught us...
  • Feds Announce FAFSA Security Changes, Sparking New Worries
    August 16, 2017 - "In response to a major security breach, federal officials have announced a change to the financial-aid application that some worry could discourage students from applying for the support they need to go to college," Education Week's High School and ...
  • Thousands of Students Who Rely on Perkins Loans May Soon Have to Look Elsewhere
    August 15, 2017 - "It's been almost two years since Congress decided to let the Perkins loan program ride into the sunset, but some lawmakers are having second thoughts as the Sept. 30 cutoff for making new loans looms," according to Credible. NASFAA is mentioned in t...
  • Earlier Financial-Aid Timetable: Did It Make a Difference?
    August 10, 2017 - "A major change in the schedule for federal financial aid was based on a high hope: that students and families could learn of aid awards earlier, and have more time to sort out their options before choosing a college. Now there are signs that some in...
  • Battle Looms Over Perkins Loans
    August 9, 2017 - "Two years after Congress let the federal Perkins loan program expire — and then revived it two-and-half-months later — lawmakers face another looming deadline over how to deal with the decades-old program," Politico's Morning Education r...
  • 6 Last-Minute Strategies to Pay for College
    August 2, 2017 - "With college classes starting soon, ideally you've made all your payments and are ready to settle in. But if you're still looking for financial aid to help cover your tuition, you'll have to move fast. Here are six strategies recommended by people w...
  • Trump Administration Cancels Controversial Contract Bid for a New Student Loan Servicer
    August 2, 2017 - "The Trump administration on Tuesday canceled a contract solicitation that would have handed the management of the federal government’s $1.2 trillion portfolio of education loans to a single company amid growing complaints from industry stakeho...
  • DeVos Shifts Course Again on Loan Servicing
    August 2, 2017 - "The Department of Education plans to overhaul the procurement process for federal student loan servicing for the third time in the last year, officials announced Tuesday," Inside Higher Ed reports. "NASFAA was not committed to a loan-servicing syste...
  • Department of Education Scrapping Plan for Single Student Loan Servicer
    August 2, 2017 - "The U.S. Department of Education announced late Tuesday that it was reversing course on its plan to award all federal student loans to a single student loan servicer and creating a new 'environment' for how it operates — a move that student ad...
  • DeVos Backs Away From Single Student Loan Servicer
    August 2, 2017 - "The Trump administration is signaling a possible shift in its plan to grant the more than $1 trillion federal student loan portfolio to a single loan servicer, according to a Department of Education announcement Tuesday," according to U.S. News &...
  • New Tool Helps Families Assess Effects of Budget Cuts on Student Aid
    July 28, 2017 - "The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has released an online tool that estimates the impact of proposed budget cuts from the White House on student financial aid," ThinkAdvisor reports.
  • Opinion: What Do We Have to Lose With Federal Education Cuts?
    July 27, 2017 - "What do you have to lose? President Trump asked neglected voters the same question at least 100 times down the stretch of the 2016 campaign," The Columbia Daily Herald reports. NASFAA member Heather Boutell is quoted.
  • Education Spending in the Crosshairs
    July 21, 2017 - "Student aid advocates didn't find much to like in a House education appropriations bill released last week -- lawmakers removed billions from the Pell Grant surplus while taking no significant steps to improve college access. But educators could at ...
  • Heard About the Facilities Arms Race? One Professor Says You Should Be Skeptical
    July 20, 2017 - "Kevin R. McClure has read a lot of news articles about a facilities 'arms race' in higher education that is frequently blamed for driving up colleges’ tuition prices and making them more selective. In fact, he has started a list of such articl...
  • Most Colleges Did Not Change Aid Deadlines in Response to Early FAFSA
    July 20, 2017 - "An overwhelming majority of colleges and universities did not change priority aid deadlines in response to an earlier financial aid cycle last year, according to a survey of member institutions by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Ad...
  • Ohio: Congresswoman Proposes Plan to Help Millennials Purchase Homes
    July 18, 2017 - "A proposal from an Ohio legislator aims to help make millennials homeowners at the same time as they pay off student loan debt," Nexstar Broadcasting reports. NASFAA President Justin Draeger is quoted.
  • Tension? What Tension? #JustKidding
    July 17, 2017 - "At the 2017 NASFAA National Conference, Tyler Pruett, from Samuel Merritt University, was part of a panel discussing 'Communication Planning and Execution: The Right Message at the Right Time.' The Director of Financial Aid and Campus Service C...
  • The Toughest Job in Higher Ed is Worth the Hard Work
    July 13, 2017 - "When you google the toughest job in the world, you quickly arrive at the job description of a mother. OK, fair enough. But after all these years in higher ed, I’m convinced the toughest job in administration is in financial aid processing," La...
  • I Owe That Much? Having Student-Loan Data Leads to Drop in Borrowing
    July 13, 2017 - "Study after study shows that college students are terrible at keeping track of how much debt they are racking up in school, so states are working to make the cost of higher education crystal clear—and there are signs the moves are slowing runa...
  • Opinion: What the Trump Administration Could Do to Improve Student Loans
    July 13, 2017 - "It's recently been suggested that the U.S. Department of Education is considering moving federal student loans––a program that in fiscal year 2016 administered nearly $96 billion––across town to the Department of the Treasury...
  • College Access Group Sees Surge in FAFSA Applications
    July 13, 2017 - "The percentage of high school seniors who by June 30 had filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid –– better known as the FAFSA –– reached a new high level this year after several years of decline, according to new d...
  • Student Loans Suck, But Here's How a Few States Are Making Them Suck Less
    July 11, 2017 - "What are your elected representatives doing to protect you from America's growing student loan debt epidemic? More than you might expect," according to The Penny Hoarder. NASFAA's Megan Coval is quoted.
  • Decide If You Need a Private Financial Aid Consultant
    July 6, 2017 - "When Brad Lyons’ oldest son was a junior in high school, he decided to contact Fred Amrein, a college funding expert," according to U.S. News & World Report. "Knowing that he was on the cusp of a whirlwind of college tours, applications, F...
  • Maryland Becomes First State to Outlaw Scholarship Displacement by Public Colleges
    July 5, 2017 - "Again and again, college financial aid offices would frustrate Jan Wagner and Michele Waxman Johnson. As executives of Central Scholarship, a nonprofit in Owings Mills that provides scholarships and interest-free loans to Maryland students, they wou...
  • Examining Trends in the Pell Grant Program
    July 3, 2017 - "The U.S. Department of Education recently released its annual report on the federal Pell Grant program, which provides detailed information about the program’s finances and who is receiving grants. The most recent report includes data from the...
  • 'I Can't Overstate How Deeply Dull the Process Is'
    June 22, 2017 - "Then the U.S. Education Department proposes a rule, one reaction is guaranteed across the political spectrum: dread at the prospect of more negotiated rule-making," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. A NASFAA news article is referenced in th...
  • Former Credit, Prepaid-Card Executive to Lead U.S. Student Loan Program
    June 21, 2017 - "Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday tapped a former credit card and prepaid-card executive to lead the U.S. government's $1.4 trillion student loan program, replacing the chief operating officer who resigned last month," The New York Times re...
  • Education Department Implements Year-Round Pell Grants
    June 21, 2017 - "The Trump administration on Monday issued guidance for how colleges and universities should implement an expansion of Pell grant eligibility for low-income students," Politico's Morning Education reports. "Justin Draeger, president of the National A...
  • Decades-Old Work-Study Program Faces Major Cuts
    June 16, 2017 - "Hannah Zwick put herself through college by working as a fundraiser for her university under the federal work-study program. She liked the job so much that she decided to pursue a career in education," The Associated Press reports. "But future stude...
  • Advocacy Groups Pan DeVos Rollback of Non-Profit College Regulations
    June 15, 2017 - "Several advocacy groups on Wednesday assailed a U.S. Department of Education plan to roll back a pair of Obama administration regulations meant to protect students from shady colleges that leave students saddled with debt and little to nothing to sh...
  • NASFAA Offers Guidance to Displaced College Students
    June 6, 2017 - "The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), bolstered by a grant from the Lumina Foundation, has developed a website to benefit students whose colleges closed while they were enrolled or shortly after they withdrew," D...
  • Is Treasury Best Suited To Handle Student Financial Aid?
    June 5, 2017 - "An idea that took shape in the Obama administration is getting fresh attention under President Trump as the Education Department considers handing the operations of its student aid office to the Treasury Department. But the move would be no small fe...
  • School's In For Summer? File FAFSA To Pay For It
    June 1, 2017 - "The earlier, the better: That’s the advice you’ll hear about filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA. This form is the gateway to college funding such as federal student loans, grants and work-st...
  • $6 Billion in Improper Student Aid Payments Found at Ed Dept
    May 26, 2017 - "Members of Congress criticized the Education Department on Thursday over $6 billion in improper payments made as part of federal student aid programs," The Associated Press reports. NASFAA President Justin Draeger is quoted in the article.
  • Cassidy, Hatch, Warren, Whitehouse introduce Bipartisan College Transparency Act
    May 26, 2017 - "Monday, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), introduced legislation to modernize the college reporting system for postsecondary data in order to provide greater transparency fo...
  • Congressional Committee Directs Ire at Runcie
    May 26, 2017 - "James Runcie’s resignation as chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid was the subject of heated discussion at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee meeting on Thursday," Diverse: Issues in Higher Education repo...
  • Federal Student Aid Boss Runcie Resigns
    May 25, 2017 - "James Runcie, who led the Office of Federal Student Aid for the past seven years as chief operating officer, abruptly resigned from his position on Tuesday night," Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports. "'With Jim Runcie’s exit from FSA,...
  • Why a Fafsa Tool's Continued Outage Hits Community Colleges So Hard
    May 24, 2017 - "By the time an online tool that helps students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid was taken down in early March, the users who typically get the most public attention –– incoming freshmen going to selective four-year c...
  • FAFSA Hacker Targeted Trump Tax Info
    May 22, 2017 - "The person accused of a 2016 attempt to use a web-based federal student-aid tool to illegally obtain taxpayer information is a Louisiana-based private investigator who used the tool to target then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, court record...
  • White House Would Slash Student Aid and NSF
    May 19, 2017 - "The White House's 2018 budget for education -- expected to be released next week as part of the administration's full spending proposals -- appears to double down on the eye-popping cuts to programs included in the Trump administration's 'skinny bud...
  • Trump’s Proposed Education Budget Puts Federal Initiatives on the Chopping Block
    May 19, 2017 - "A copy of President Trump’s proposed education budget has been leaked to the Washington Post," Marketplace reports. NASFAA President Justin Drager is featured in the segment.
  • It’s Time To Reform the Financial Arm of the Education Department, Report Says
    May 17, 2017 - "Minimal transparency and oversight of the Education Department’s financial arm has allowed a unit responsible for $1.1 trillion in federal loans and grants to operate with little accountability to students or taxpayers, according to a report r...
  • Report Roll Call
    May 17, 2017 - "The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is out with a new report today that makes recommendations for improving the Education Department’s Office of Federal Student Aid," according to Politico Pro's Morning Education.
  • Senators Propose Comprehensive Collection of College Student Data
    May 15, 2017 - "A bipartisan group of senators is proposing a major overhaul of the way the federal government collects data on college students, setting the stage for a showdown over how to balance student privacy with a growing interest in measuring college ...
  • As Fafsa Tool Outage Continues, Lawmakers Investigate Why It Happened
    May 5, 2017 - "The Internal Revenue Service’s data-retrieval tool will be back online for borrowers in income-driven repayment plans by the end of the month, James W. Runcie, chief operating officer of the Education Department’s Federal Student Aid off...
  • FAFSA Data Breach Hearing Produces Drama on Hill
    May 4, 2017 - "Republican lawmakers excoriated IRS and U.S. Department of Education officials as 'incompetent' or 'untruthful' Wednesday at a lengthy hearing on a security breach that led to the shutdown of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool — an online tool known ...
  • Spending Bill Gives Flexibility to Borrowers Seeking Loan Consolidation
    May 3, 2017 - "Language in the omnibus spending bill Congress agreed to over the weekend directs the Department of Education to allow student loan borrowers to select any servicer when consolidating their federal student loans," Inside Higher Ed reports. "Justin D...
  • Supplying Information for Financial Aid Just Got a Little Easier
    May 3, 2017 - "For families still struggling through the trying chore of applying for federal college aid for the coming school year, here’s some good news: It just got easier to supply the extra information the government sometimes asks for," The Colum...
  • A ‘Repudiation’ of Trump Budget
    May 2, 2017 - "The deal reached by Congress this weekend on an omnibus budget for the current 2017 fiscal year included key victories for universities and higher ed advocates. It also looked like at least a preliminary rejection of the draconian budget blueprint o...
  • Financial Aid is Key To the Final and Often Tough Choice of Colleges
    May 1, 2017 - "Decision day is finally here. The SAT exam and anxious cramming are past. Admissions application essays and financial aid forms were submitted months ago. And the happy acceptances and painful rejections from colleges and universities are in hand," ...
  • How Not To Be Fooled By College Award Letters
    April 27, 2017 - "Many times — maybe too many — high school seniors are just so happy to be accepted to their dream school that they don't give a second thought to the financial implications of their college choice. Then reality sinks in when they start d...
  • Education Department Relaxes Financial Aid Process in the Absence of IRS Tool
    April 25, 2017 - "The U.S. Education Department on Monday gave colleges flexibility in verifying applications for scholarships, grants and loans while an online tool used to apply for federal student aid is out of commission," The Washington Post reports. "Monda...
  • Flexibility for Colleges Affected by Data Tool Removal
    April 25, 2017 - "The Department of Education announced Monday that it would give added flexibility for colleges after the removal of a data retrieval tool created to simplify the financial aid process," Inside Higher Ed reports. "The National Association of Student ...
  • U.S. to Ease Financial-Aid Process for Students Affected by Shutdown of Application Tool
    April 25, 2017 - "The Department of Education moved to ease the burden on tens of thousands students facing extra scrutiny in the financial-aid process because of problems with an online tool that automatically imports information from tax returns into applications f...
  • What Betsy DeVos Wants To Do To Your Student Loans
    April 24, 2017 - "The tide is turning at the Department of Education. The Obama administration put rules in place to strengthen the rights of student borrowers and make debt repayment easier. But Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has already impeded some of those effor...
  • New York: Four Steps to Getting Free SUNY Tuition
    April 13, 2017 - "The state's plans to offer free SUNY tuition to income-eligible students has drawn national headlines, making New York the first in the nation with such a broad program," Democrat & Chronicle reports. NASFAA is mentioned in the article.
  • 5 Numbers to Check to Compare Financial Aid Awards
    April 13, 2017 - "After the initial celebration of receiving college acceptance letters, it’s time to dig into the hard – and sometimes confusing – work of comparing financial aid packages," according to U.S. News & World Report. NASFAA's K...
  • Loan Forgiveness Uncertainty
    April 5, 2017 - "Student loan borrowers who entered into lower-paying public service careers with the expectation that their debt would eventually be wiped out by the federal government shouldn't bank on assurances from government contractors that they qualify for l...
  • Students Should Worry About Donald Trump’s Proposed Work-Study Cut, Experts Say
    April 3, 2017 - "Jenna Rappel works as a main desk assistant in the DellPlain residence hall at Syracuse University, answering phone calls, organizing mail and handling other administrative jobs at the dorm. Rappel, a freshman retail management major, said she might...
  • Feds Pull Financial Aid Tool After Potential Data Breach
    March 31, 2017 - "Families applying for federal student aid are facing extra hurdles this year after a potential data breach led federal officials to remove an online tool that smoothed the process," the Associated Press reports. NASFAA President Justin Draeger&...
  • Applying for Financial Aid is Going to be Harder This Year
    March 31, 2017 - "An online resource that makes it easier for millions of students to apply for college scholarships, grants and loans will be out of commission until next year, putting them at risk of losing out on financial aid," The Washington Post reports. N...
  • Key Financial Aid Tool Could Be Down for Months
    March 31, 2017 - "The Department of Education and the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday that an important online tool for financial aid applicants could be down for months while protections are added to protect the security of users," Inside Higher Ed repor...
  • GNTC’s Stephen Andersen Advocates For Student Aid In Washington D.C.
    March 29, 2017 - "Stephen Andersen, executive director of Financial Aid at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC), took part in a leadership symposium for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) in Washington, D.C.," The Chata...
  • FAFSA Tool Removal Creates Hurdles For Students
    March 28, 2017 - "The Office of Financial Aid has been monitoring the implications of the IRS’ sudden decision to discontinue its Data Retrieval Tool, a web function that simplifies the process of providing tax information," according to the Yale Daily News. "E...
  • Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Students' Federal Work-Study Programs
    March 28, 2017 - "In between her classes in social work, Francine Barone drives twice each week to homes near Community College of Allegheny County’s South Campus to look after elderly women who only months ago were strangers to her. ... She fully expected that...
  • Tax Tips for College Students (and Their Parents)
    March 27, 2017 - "Forget final exams. The stressful season for many students – and their families – is tax time," according to U.S. News & World Report. "'Some [loans] are taxable and some aren’t, which can be confusing,' says Megan Coval, vice ...
  • What the Suspension of This IRS Tax Tool Means for Students Applying for Financial Aid
    March 27, 2017 - "Right now is crunch time for high school seniors and college students all across the country who are applying for financial aid to help cover the cost of college, but a big wrench has been thrown into the middle of the process for some due to the te...
  • Black Colleges Take 'Devastating Hit' in Trump's Budget
    March 23, 2017 - "President Donald Trump’s so-called 'skinny budget' proposes spending cuts that could have a severe impact on black colleges, according to advocates for those institutions," Del Marva Now reports. NASFAA is mentioned in the article.
  • This News Could Affect Your Student Loans
    March 22, 2017 - "If you turned off the news, ignored the notifications on your phone or simply couldn’t keep up the past few weeks, it’s time to catch up on some major events in higher education financing," according to Nerd Wallet. NASFAA is mentioned i...
  • Protecting Pell? Critics Say Budget Wouldn't
    March 17, 2017 - "The document outlining the Trump administration's first budget, released in a bare-bones outline Thursday, states that the White House plan 'safeguards' the Pell Grant program and would leave the key financial aid source for needy students on 'sound...
  • Work-Study Worries
    March 17, 2017 - "Emily Rutledge spends 16 hours a week in the University of North Georgia's university relations office for her federal work-study job, tracking times the press mentions the university, helping to coordinate logistics for events like commencement and...
  • Higher Ed Leaders Lambaste Federal Budget Proposal
    March 17, 2017 - "While the federal budget proposal released by the White House stresses national security and public safety, higher education leaders blasted the spending blueprint Thursday as one that will make college less accessible, less affordable and set back ...
  • Filing for Federal College Aid Without an I.R.S. Shortcut
    March 16, 2017 - "For years, the annual chore of completing a crucial financial aid form for college has been eased by a handy digital tool that automatically transfers a family's tax return data into the online form," The New York Times reports. "But the Internal Re...
  • Seeking Help for Those Hurt by IRS Blunder
    March 15, 2017 - "The Department of Education should give a break to financial aid applicants after an automated IRS data tool was shut down more than a week ago, say the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and several other college access gr...
  • How a FAFSA Malfunction Could Delay Student Aid
    March 15, 2017 - "On March 3, students looking to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) were met with a surprise: The online application’s data-retrieval tool, which helps to automatically enter information from their tax returns, had ma...
  • A Fumble on a Key Fafsa Tool, and a Failure to Communicate
    March 14, 2017 - "Applying for financial aid for college got a lot harder this month, in the thick of application season, but it took federal agencies nearly a week to explain what was happening," according to The New York Times' The Upshot. "The National Association...
  • Students Scramble After IRS Takes Down Financial-Aid Tool
    March 14, 2017 - "For some high school seniors across the country scrambling to get their application for college financial aid filed by the deadline, the process last week got a little more complicated – as the IRS took offline a much-used data retrieval tool ...
  • Without IRS Tool, Families Scramble to Fill Out Financial Aid Forms
    March 14, 2017 - "It's FAFSA season, when families apply for federal aid to pay for college. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool makes it easier for applicants to add the required tax information to their forms by transferring it directly from the IRS. Or it did. The IRS has...
  • Congress Erases K-12 Rules, a Financial Aid Foul-Up and Other Education News
    March 13, 2017 - "First, the website that provides help to families of students with disabilities went down last month with little explanation. Now, it's the IRS' Data Retrieval Tool. If those words, 'Data Retrieval Tool,' put you to sleep, it means you're not a high...
  • Opinion: IRS Data Retrieval Tool Outage Brings Applying for College Financial Aid to a Halt
    March 13, 2017 - "I highly doubt this will affect any student's individual aid award for the 2017-2018 academic year because colleges are aware of the situation and the Department of Education and the aid agencies at the state level will likely authorize college aid ...
  • IRS, Education Department Turn Off Tool in Financial-Aid Application on Fears of Data Breach
    March 10, 2017 - "Concerns about a potential security breach have prompted the federal government to shut down a key link in the website current and prospective college students use to apply for financial aid, complicating efforts by millions of students to file for ...
  • Digital Student-Aid Form Takes A Hit As IRS Data Retrieval Tool Goes Down
    March 10, 2017 - "The Internal Revenue Service’s data retrieval tool, a federal tax service that is vital to the federal student aid application process, is down due to technical issues, according to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrat...
  • Irretrievable Aid Data
    March 10, 2017 - "Six days after the Internal Revenue Service's data retrieval tool for the federal financial aid system went down, the Department of Education and IRS said Thursday they anticipate the tool will be unavailable for several more weeks," Inside Higher E...
  • Feds Disable Key Financial Aid Tool, Citing Data Security Concerns
    March 10, 2017 - "The IRS and Education Department confirmed late Thursday that the federal government purposefully shut off an online tool used by millions of students each year to apply for federal student aid," Politico Pro's Morning Education reports.  "Just...
  • IRS Data Retrieval Tool Down
    March 9, 2017 - "With state and institutional aid deadlines fast approaching -- some as soon as this week -- the IRS Data Retrieval Tool that allows students and families to transfer their federal tax data directly into the Free Application for Federal Student Aid i...
  • Federal Tool To Help Financial Aid Applicants Goes Dark
    March 9, 2017 - "A federal tool that millions of students rely on each year to help them fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid has stopped working," Politico Pro's Morning Education reports. " Justin Draeger, president of the National Associatio...
  • How to Decode Your College Financial-Aid Offer
    March 9, 2017 - "You just got accepted into college. Now it's time for you—and often your family—to figure how to pay for it. That means wading through college offers of financial aid, which usually arrive the same time as the acceptance letters," accord...
  • Financial Aid Administrators Storm The Hill
    March 1, 2017 - "At least 140 college financial aid administrators are scheduled to meet with congressional lawmakers today to make requests such as eliminating the provision requiring colleges to enforce selective service registration and simplifying the federal fo...
  • Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (2/24/2017)
    February 22, 2017 - NASFAA's 2004-2005 National Chair George Chin was included in a list of recent appointments, resignations, and deaths compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • The Conservative Approach to Student Loans
    February 22, 2017 - "...Progressive policy groups, organizations advocating for student access and higher ed institutions themselves would oppose proposals to eliminate PLUS loans entirely, even if they would be open to reevaluating the programs," Inside Higher Ed repor...
  • Default Rates Highlight Growing Student Loan Crisis
    February 2, 2017 - " ... Nearly 40 percent of student loan borrowers are either in default or more than 90 days past-due on their payments, according to a new report from the think tank Demos," Marketplace reports. "'That’s really the hidden story of student loan...
  • What You Need to Know About Your College Financial Aid Offer This Year
    January 6, 2017 - "College admission season is approaching fast. And because of a new date for federal financial aid applications, many students will be getting financial aid offers earlier from colleges that accept them," according to Consumer Reports. NASFAA Preside...
  • 10 States With the Cheapest Tuition at Public Universities
    January 6, 2017 - "Earning a college degree doesn’t have to leave you broke. Depending on where you live, you might be able to obtain a top-notch education on the cheap," according to Yahoo! Finance.
  • Implications of Tuition-Free Programs
    January 5, 2017 - "This week, New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to help students get through college debt-free. The plan would provide free tuition to a State University of New York or City University of New York college, including two-year community...
  • NASFAA Task Force Report on Free College Plans
    January 4, 2017 - "After a debate over addressing the cost of college occupied much of the Democratic presidential primary, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators assembled a task force in June to assess both existing and proposed free colleg...
  • Unintended Consequences
    January 4, 2017 - "Jennifer Buckles, the director of financial aid at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has seen about 2 percent of federal student aid applications filed this academic year by returning and incoming students at the campus flagged for changes...
  • New Report Looks at State and Local Tuition- and Debt-Free College Plans
    January 4, 2017 - "In the wake of the Republicans reclaiming the White House, tuition-free college at the federal level—a centerpiece of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign—is unlikely to move forward any time soon," the American Council...
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