Financial Aid

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NASFAA Issues Recommendations for Reducing Student Loan Debt

Student financial aid administrators, policymakers, and the general public have all expressed increasing concern about student loans, debt levels, and rising default rates, which coincide with worries about college costs, affordability, and transparency. That’s why NASFAA, the association representing nearly 20,000 financial aid professionals from all sectors of higher education, convened a task force in 2012 to study this issue and make recommendations for improvement.

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Financial Aid Strategies You Can Explain: Where Do You Draw the Line?

In estimating enrollment behavior, there are variables that are typically significant, such as financial need, total grant, quality measures, intended major, distance from campus, etc. Although the set of variables and their magnitudes are specific to each institution, there are some indicators that are usually more predictive than others.

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Loan Repayment Relief from Financial Aid Administrators

A House bill, the Earnings Contingent Education Loans (ExCEL) Act of 2012, attempts to reduce complexity, improve default rates, and increase the effectiveness of federal student loan subsidies—and would dramatically alter the way federal student loans are paid back.

What Will Sequestration Mean for Higher Ed?

Bracing for cuts, advocating for opposition

Higher ed organizations are bracing for potential cuts in student loan funding and the trickle down of major cuts to agencies that support the bulk of institutional research and development.

Key elements of ExCEL

  • Loan limits would mirror those in the Direct Loan Program. New borrowers could borrow IDEA loans up to the combined amount they could have borrowed from the subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford programs for their academic level (except that total would all be unsubsidized.) Graduate and professional students who could have borrowed an additional amount above their unsubsidized Stafford eligibility under the Grad PLUS program would be able to borrow that same amount in additional IDEA funds.

Loan Repayment Relief

Support for proposed legislation from financial aid administrators

A House bill, the Earnings Contingent Education Loans (ExCEL) Act of 2012, attempts to reduce complexity, improve default rates, and increase the effectiveness of federal student loan subsidies—and would dramatically alter the way federal student loans are paid back. On Dec. 17, Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) introduced the bill, which would provide unsubsidized loans and require income-contingent repayment for all borrowers through a payroll withholdings system.

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Director of Financial Aid

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids, Mich.

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Reimagining Financial Aid to Improve Student Access and Outcomes

As the student aid programs rapidly approach reauthorization in 2014, they continue to face severe funding and efficiency problems. This report puts forward broad policy considerations to generate discussion and debate with the goal of advancing key policy issues facing student aid.

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Communicating about Financial Aid

With families’ growing concerns about financing higher education, and the federal government’s increasing involvement in recommending and/or requiring certain communications regarding institutional costs, every institution should be taking a step back to review all of the tools currently being used to present affordability, explain the aid application process, and communicate the awards themselves.

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NASFAA Reimagines the Design and Delivery of Student Financial Aid

As the student aid programs rapidly approach reauthorization in 2014, they continue to face severe funding and efficiency problems. With grant assistance from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through their “Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery” (RADD) project, NASFAA today released a policy brief examining the current systems of student aid with an eye towards reimagining how they could be improved in the future.

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