NASFAA is active in the proactive policy arena, which allows for effective, productive engagement with the higher education community on key policy issues. Some recent initiatives and topics of focus include:
NASFAA regularly convenes task forces comprised of geographically diverse groups of NASFAA member volunteers from all types of postsecondary institutions and sectors to help review legislative and policy proposals and voice NASFAA's position on pending legislation.
This Higher Education Act (HEA) Reauthorization page offers in-depth analyses from NASFAA staff on key proposals set forth by the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives and a compilation of all NASFAA Today's News coverage of the HEA Reauthorization. Though a new session of Congress started in January 2015, proposals from the previous session are still relevant to the higher education debate, and many proposals have served as a foundation for new legislation.
Negotiated Rulemaking (or “Neg Reg”) is a process used by the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies, in which representatives from a government agency and affected interest groups negotiate the terms of a proposed administrative rule. The agency publishes the proposed rule in the Federal Register and then follows the usual rulemaking procedure of soliciting public comments, which are evaluated for inclusion in the final rule. NASFAA has historically participated in Neg Regs pertaining to federal student aid program regulations, by supporting and sending financial aid administrators from members institutions, NASFAA staff, and others to the negotiating table.