Advocacy Resources

Advocacy iconOn this page, you can find resources to aid your advocacy efforts. The National Student Aid Profile and the "What Financial Aid Administrators Do" sheet for congressional offices are below. Furthermore, the NASFAA Policy & Federal Relations staff has created several one-pagers on key current issues, which can also be found below.

  • Issue Brief: Origination Fees
    November 16, 2017 - The HEA of 1965, as amended, specifies a loan origination fee of 1% for all Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and a fee of 4% for all Direct PLUS Loans for both parent borrowers & grad/prof student borrowers.
  • Issue Brief: Public Service Loan Forgiveness
    October 16, 2017 - The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program was created by Congress to provide an incentive for talented individuals to enter and remain in public service positions by forgiving their federal student loans after a certain period of time.
  • Issue Brief: Administrative Cost Allowance
    September 13, 2017 - The Administrative Cost Allowance (ACA) supports the administration of the federal student aid programs by offsetting the cost of compliance with federal law and regulation.
  • 2017 National Student Aid Profile
    July 27, 2017 - This report provides detailed information about each of the programs authorized under Title IV of the HEA, including descriptions of the federal student aid programs, recent trends in federal program appropriations & income levels of students.
  • Trump Budget Fact Sheet
    June 21, 2017 - This fact sheet provides an overview of President Trump's proposed cuts to student aid in his fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget, which affects award year 2018-19.
  • Making Financial Aid Work for All: NASFAA Priorities for 2017 and Beyond
    February 10, 2017 - This high-level report outlines potential areas of focus for the President and the 115th Congress.
  • Financial Aid and Graduate & Professional Students
    November 1, 2016 - This one-pager provides recommendations and corresponding legislation to support graduate and professional students through federal student aid.
  • Risk-Sharing Brief
    October 28, 2016 - As Congress works toward reauthorization, broad themes and proposals have emerged. including a focus on sharing the “risk” in higher education. This brief provides background, recommendations, and resources on this this topic.
  • Next Steps on FAFSA Simplification
    October 10, 2016 - This 4-page advocacy fact sheet provides background on PPY and also provides an overview of NASFAA's FAFSA simplification proposal, a result of NASFAA's FAFSA Working Group released in 2015. Other recommendations are also included.
  • 2016 National Student Aid Profile
    June 29, 2016 - This report provides detailed information about each of the programs authorized under Title IV of the HEA, including descriptions of the federal student aid programs, recent trends in federal program appropriations & income levels of students.
  • HEA Reauthorization One-Pager
    April 28, 2016 - This one-pager outlines key recommendations surfaced from NASFAA's Reauthorization Task Force (RTF) report in 2013 and additional recommendations from policy task forces since then.
  • Making PPY Work
    April 28, 2016 - This one-pager outlines the background of the move to the use of prior-prior year (PPY) income information and provides two recommendations for Congress on the topic of earlier availability of Pell Grant payment and disbursement schedules.
  • PPY and the Federal Budget Process One-Pager
    March 9, 2016 - This one-pager provides background on the move to prior-prior year (PPY) income information on the FAFSA and addresses the importance of an on-time federal budget and appropriations process.
  • What Financial Administrators Do
    October 30, 2015 - This PDF explains what financial aid offices and NASFAA do and the resources each provides for the financial aid community, members of Congress, and their staff. This document can serve as a great resource when meeting with elected officials.
  • 2015 National Student Aid Profile
    July 7, 2015 - In an effort to increase knowledge of the federal student aid programs, NASFAA provides the National Student Aid Profile, updated annually, which contains basic information and numbers about these vital programs.
  • Streamlining Student Loan Repayment One-Pager
    February 9, 2015 - This one-pager outlines the challenges and complexities of the current student loan repayment process and provides a recommendation to simplify the system for borrowers.
  • Prior-Prior Year One-Pager
    February 5, 2015 - This one-pager explains the potential benefits of a move to the use of prior-prior year (PPY) income information on the FAFSA.
  • Pell Grant Modernization One-Pager
    January 22, 2015 - This one-pager provides some background on the Pell Grant Program and explains three proposals for modernizing the program, including a "Pell Promise," a "Pell Well," and a "Super Pell."
  • Campus-Based Programs One-Pager
    January 21, 2015 - This one-pager provides some background on the campus-based aid programs and provides three recommendations to strengthen the programs for the future.
  • Graduate and Professional Issues One-Pager
    November 19, 2013 - This one-pager looks at some of the most pressing policy issues for the graduate and professional education community.
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