TASFAA Members Meet with Congressmen about the Future of Financial Aid

Angelika Williams, Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid— Texas A&M University-San Antonio, took to Capitol Hill in February and met with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Ms. Williams’ discussion with Senator Cruz illuminated the prominent factors of federal student aid, including concerns about eliminating significant federal aid programs. Ms. Williams advocated for students by encouraging positive changes in the Higher Education Act (HEA) to increase students’ ability to attend and afford college.

Ms. Williams spoke with Senator Cruz regarding Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s diverse student population and the proposed elimination of student aid programs in the federal budget. She communicated the impact this could have in the university’s ability to maintain diversity, help all students, and promote positive social change within the San Antonio community.

Angelika Williams with Senator Ted Cruz

Karen Long-Trail, Coordinator of Financial Aid & Registrar— Texas Woman’s University-Dallas, recently met with Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) during a NASFAA Conference in Washington, DC.

Ms. Long-Trail and Congressman Sessions’ discussion included topics of federal student aid programs and financial literacy. Ms. Long-Trail and Congressman Sessions spoke about the value of saving early for a child’s higher education and teaching students how to budget, as well as the benefit of partnerships with hospitals for those in Health Sciences.

Additionally, Ms. Long-Trail shared about the training TASFAA provides to financial aid professionals, such as New Aid Officer Workshops and Regional Training. Congressman Sessions expressed hopes to call on TASFAA members from time to time as a resource and possible advocate for various programs.

Ms. Long-Trail stated, It was a wonderful experience to spend time with Congressman Pete Sessions.”

Karen Long-Trail with Congressman Pete Sessions

TASFAA Board Adopts Strategic Plan

TASFAA continues to grow in its energy and activities, which is reflective of its involved and talented members. To ensure our Association works as effectively as possible for all of us (its members), it was determined by the TASFAA Board that a multi-year strategic plan needed to be developed. Therefore, the Board decided to create a three-year strategic plan formulated on the input and insights of its members.

From July of 2017 through January of 2018, input was sought through various forums (e.g., via survey) at each stage of the plan’s development. Many members provided critical ideas that were incorporated into TASFAA’s new three-year strategic plan, which was adopted by the TASFAA Board on January 20, 2018. With a strategic plan now in place, the TASFAA Board will be able to help guide the Association in an even more focused and deliberate manner for the benefit of TASFAA members.

To the Board and to the Association as a whole, thank you for your time and thoughtful contributions in the development of TASFAA’s strategic plan. To view the strategic plan, click here.


Christopher D. Murr, Ph.D.
TASFAA President

TASFAA 50th Conference Reflections

And just like that… it’s over. We had a wonderful time celebrating TASFAA’s 50th anniversary last week in San Antonio. We honored our past presidents and excitedly looked toward the next 50 years. Being conference chair, along with the fabulous Sarah Webb, was an honor. My hope is that if you attended, you learned something, made a new friend, were challenged to think of things differently, and considered volunteering for TASFAA… this organization is great because of awesome volunteers like those on our stellar committee.

In case you were not able to join, here are just a few photos to give you a taste of what it was like last week. Next year will be even better! Stay tuned for an email asking you to rate your conference experience. Your feedback will help next year’s committee.

Erika Cox

Conference Swag!

It’s hard to be believe that our 50th anniversary conference is less than a week away! The conference committee is working like mad getting last minute preparations ready for you. We will be sending out an email with logistics soon, but for now, I wanted to share with you some items I’m excited about is swag that available for purchase and for free that attendees can receive.

TASFAA 50th Anniversary Pins

Special 50th Anniversary pins will be available at check in.

TASFAA 50th Anniversary T-shirts for Sale (benefiting Mack C. Adams Scholarship)

Purchase a shirt for $10! Limited supplies so come ready to pay at check in by cash or card!

Looking forward to seeing you next week!

Erika Cox
Conference Chair