Student Loan Organization Writes Letter to Obama, Pledges Support
The President & CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), Dr. Philip R. Day, Jr., has written a terrific letter to Obama, congratulating him on his election, discussing the federal student aid system, and outlining plans for NASFAA to work with the new administration. From the letter:
At specific points during the campaign it seemed you were talking directly to us in the higher education trenches. When you said, “America is the sum of our dreams, and what binds us together, what makes us one American family, is that we stand up and fight for each other’s dreams, that we reaffirm that fundamental belief – I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper – through our politics, our policies, and in our daily lives,” it was clear that you understand the critical importance of supporting college access for all students, and not simply those of greater means.
We have carefully studied your campaign platforms and speeches on higher education funding and it is clear that we share a common belief that we must do more to help students and parents pay for college. My members share your commitment to put college education within reach of every American. I too believe that is the best investment we can make in our future.
As I promised you during your campaign, in your first 100 days I will deliver to you specific steps that must be taken to overhaul our current financial aid system to better meet the needs of all students. NASFAA is conducting town hall meetings throughout the country as part of our National Conversation Initiative to uncover and promote a program to eliminate the major obstacles to college access and success. We will have a comprehensive, cogent, and commonsense set of policy recommendations to aid you in your work of refocusing and reforming our federal student aid system.