Think About Your Nominations for the TASFAA Board

Dear TASFAA Members,

Beginning April 1, you will have the opportunity to nominate the president-elect and four board members to serve on the upcoming 2019-2020 TASFAA Board of Directors. Those elected positions will represent you as members of TASFAA. They will, along with the rest of the board, direct our Association’s operations as well as help shape the future of our organization. Please start thinking about who you believe is an exemplary leader within our Association that would serve as an effective TASFAA board member.

Officer Positions

  • President-Elect – Serves President-Elect in 2019-2020, President in 2020-2021 and Past President in 2021-2022. Nominees must have previously served on the Board of Directors or have board and/or committee experience.
  • Board Members (four positions) – Serve a two-year term for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 years. This position requires collaborative leadership skills and attendance at all meetings.

I look forward to receiving your nominations beginning April 1!

Sincerely,

Christopher D. Murr, Ph.D.
Nominations and Elections Committee Chair
TASFAA Past President 2018

TASFAA Members Meet with Congressman Doggett

Each February after attending the NASFAA Leadership & Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., many participants will take time to visit Capitol Hill and meet with their elected representatives. This year was no exception. One group of financial aid administrators, led by Shannon Crossland (SWASFAA past president) and Christopher Murr (TASFAA past president), visited both Senate and House offices. At one of their stops, they visited with U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett of the Texas 35th District.

SWASFAA and TASFAA members pose for a photo during their meeting with Congressman Lloyd Doggett. From left to right: Denise Welch (SWASFAA past president 2017), Shannon Crossland (SWASFAA past president), Rachael Fournier (University of Texas – Arlington), U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Dr. Christophe Murr (TASFAA past president), and Traci Armes (University of Texas – Austin).

During the group’s visit with Congressman Doggett, as well as with Sarah Laven (the Congressman’s Legislative Assistant), a number of financial aid topics related to higher education were discussed. The conversation addressed such Congressional proposals as the FAFSA Act and the expected positive effect for aid applicants derived from more robust data sharing between the IRS and U.S. Department of Education. Some of the other topics included the elimination of Direct Loan origination fees and level funding for campus-based programs and their benefits for postsecondary students; especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Capitol Hill meetings were a great way for financial aid administrators to help inform the discussions on financial aid programs and proposals that so assist students in the pursuit of a higher education. As Shannon Crossland stated, “it was a wonderful opportunity to share our perspective and the experiences of our students with those making decisions on the future of federal financial aid in higher education.”

Trellis Financial Wellness Survey

Hi TASFAA Members,

In Spring 2018, Texas A&M University took part in Trellis Company’s national Student Financial Wellness Survey. Through this survey we were able to gain critical knowledge about our students’ financial security and basic needs security, as well as their perceptions of paying for college, student debt, and institutional support. Working with Trellis was easy and, best of all, free!

To get things started, we provided Trellis with a minimum amount of information for approximately 5,000 of our Undergraduates. Trellis then emailed their survey to our students, collected and analyzed their responses, and ultimately shared the survey’s findings with our University through personalized reports, infographics, and even an in-person presentation. Needless to say, our experience working with Trellis was fantastic, and we fully intend on participating again this upcoming fall.

“Before we can improve the financial wellness of our students, we first need to know what it is. Thanks to this survey, we now have a better understanding of our students’ financial challenges and concerns, and therefore can coordinate a more effective campus-wide effort to address their financial needs.”

– Nick Kilmer, Assistant Director of the Money Education Center at Texas A&M University

Having shared our survey data with other departments, we are now excited to see their sincere interest in working together to impact the financial wellness of our Aggies. I am certain that the other Texas Universities that have already joined this survey are experiencing similar success as well, and I hope that your school will considering participating in the future. To learn more, visit Trellis Company’s Student Financial Wellness website.

Texas A&M University

Delisa Falks-AVP Scholarships & Financial Aid

Nick Kilmer-Assistant Director, Money Education Center

Conference Attendees’ Input Requested

During the THECB State Update session on Friday, October 5, our speaker, Charles Puls, would like to engage an open dialog with the community on the following issues – Please prepare your thoughts and comments and bring them with you to the 9:30 session!

STATE PRIORITY DEADLINE

  • What is the impact of encouraging HRI’s, technical institutes, community colleges and independent institutions to utilize the priority deadline?

TEXAS WORKS

  • What are the impacts of offering a program like this?

TEXAS GRANT AND TRANSFER STUDENTS

  • What are the challenges to awarding TEXAS grant to transfer students?

TEG AND EXCEPTIONAL FINANCIAL NEED

  • Does the EFC cutoff for exceptional need require further review?

TEOG AND MATCHING FUNDS

  • What would be the impact of allowing Pell as a matching fund?