Student Financial Aid Research

Research LogoNASFAA’s three-pronged mission calls for training and professional development of financial aid administrators, public policy and advocacy efforts that increase student access to and success in postsecondary education, and a forum for communication and collaboration on student financial aid issues. NASFAA uses research and data analysis whenever possible to support all three areas of our overarching mission. As an organization, we are committed to using data to inform our decisions and to help better serve students and our members.

Our Research Committee is a key part of this commitment, as are our volunteers in the field who support our research efforts as we work to fulfill our larger mission. The Research Committee serves as an advisory board and review panel for our own public policy research and member surveys

We acknowledge those who have contributed greatly and excel in the area of student aid research through the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award, given at our National Conference. NASFAA also proudly supports and publishes financial aid research through our peer-reviewed Journal of Student Financial Aid. 

Additionally, we are pleased to offer financial aid data resources—including those that demonstrate the value of attaining a higher education and annotated bibliographies.

To ask a question about NASFAA’s research efforts, please contact