Financial aid statistics indicate that 86 percent of college students benefit from some form of financial aid and that the percentage of students who accept financial aid grows by an average of 0.09 percent each year.
As many families across the country work through financial hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, college access professionals, high school guidance counselors, researchers, community care professionals, and colleges and universities need more and updated information about all aspects of financial aid. To fill this need, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) recently launched the Student Aid Reference Desk, or “Ref Desk,” a centralized “encyclopedia” of student aid-related topics that the higher education community can utilize, at no cost, to find compiled financial aid regulations, legislation, and other key resources.
NASFAA provides professional development for financial aid administrators; advocates for public policies that increase student access and success; serves as a forum on student financial aid issues; and is committed to diversity throughout all activities. NASFAA’s membership includes 22,000 student financial assistance professionals at approximately 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every 10 undergraduates in the United States.