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.
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.”