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:

Award Letters and Consumer Information

We have chartered a Task Force on Award Letter & Consumer Notification to develop recommendations on the "Know Before You Owe" initiative to improve information presented to students and families. This is inline with a Congressional mandate for the Department to develop recommendations to improve financial aid award letters and to develop a model letter. More >>> 

Higher Education Act Reauthorization

Late in March, a task force of 17 NASFAA members forwarded an initial list of 61 recommendations for changes to the Higher Education Act in the upcoming Reauthorization to the NASFAA Board of Directors. The Board accepted most of those recommendations, although it requested that some be further developed. This is the fourth in a series of articles that highlight those recommendations. NASFAA encourages members to suggest additional areas where legislative change is needed in the campus-based programs (Federal Work-Study, FSEOG, and Perkins Loans). More >> 

Negotiated Rulemaking

Negotiated Rulemaking (or “Neg Reg”) is a process used by the U.S. Department of Eduction 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. More >>