U.S. Department of Education Seeks Ideas from Students, Parents and Educators on How To Improve Financial Aid Award Letters

September 01, 2011

Public Meeting

The U.S. Department of Education is holding a public meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, to discuss ways to improve financial aid award letters. The goal is to develop recommendations for making financial aid award letters easier to understand and compare. The public meeting will also help the U.S. Department of Education create a recommended model for financial aid award letters.

The U.S. Department of Education would like to encourage students, parents, high school guidance counselors, college financial aid administrators and anybody else who is interested in improving financial aid award letters to participate in the public meeting.

Meeting Agenda

During the first part of the public meeting, the U.S. Department of Education will present an overview of the effort to improve financial aid award letters, followed by brief discussions by several panelists. The five panelists are

  • Justin Draeger, President of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
  • David Hawkins, Director of Public Policy and Research of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
  • Mark Kantrowitz, Financial Aid Expert
  • Nina Marks, President of Collegiate Directions, Inc.
  • Matthew Reed, Program Director of The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS)

During the second part of the public meeting, all attendees (including the audience) will take part in small group discussions. Each group will report the results of its discussions at the conculsion of the meeting.

Where and When

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, from 9 am to 4 pm in the Eighth Floor Conference Center of the U.S. Department of Education offices at 1990 K St NW, Washington, DC, 20006.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to ModelAidOffer@ed.gov by 5 pm on Wednesday, September 7 if at all possible. Late registrations and walk-in registrations will be accepted to the extent space permits.

Additional Information

Additional information about this project may be found on a Model Financial Aid Offer Form web site created by the U.S. Department of Education to describe the project and post sample award letters.

The deadline for sending written comments in advance of the public meeting has passed, but comments can be viewed by entering ED-2011-OPE-0009 into the “Keyword” box at www.regulations.gov.

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