College Scholarship Service Assembly Meeting Addresses Pressing Issues in Financial Aid
College Scholarship Service Assembly Meeting Addresses Pressing Issues in Financial AidAbby Hexter, Assistant Director, Member Communications, The College Board
The College Scholarship Service Assembly gathered on Tuesday to discuss issues within the College Board and the financial aid community. Jeff Olson, who also presented for the Guidance and Admissions and Academic assemblies, gave financial aid professionals information about the College Board’s plan to improve the way the organization uses data, and the implications for financial aid in the future.
Council chair Karen Cooper, director of financial aid at Stanford University, Chair-elect Jon McGee, Vice President for Planning and Public Affairs at College of St. Benedict and St. Johns University, and Past Chair Mary Nucciarone, director of financial aid at the University of Notre Dame sat down with All Access to discuss the meeting.
All Access: What are some takeaways from this meeting about the issues currently facing the financial aid community?
Jon McGee: Right now, we’re all freaked out about “affordability” but none of us really know what that means. We need to use these meetings to talk about key issues in financial aid and affordability that have implications for the College Board, but also broad financial aid community. This meeting is a venue to convey the current work of the College Board to members, but also offers the opportunity for members to convey their important work to the College Board.
Karen Cooper: The assembly meetings allow us to think about where we want to take deeper dives during our upcoming National Council meetings. When we meet in December, one of the big things we will spend time talking about is how the College Board is reimagining PROFILE. Given the broad implications for financial aid in the next few years, reimagining PROFILE is an important project, and we encourage all members to be engaged.
JM: Because the Council meeting will be immediately post-election, we’ll also need to talk about the Higher Education Act reauthorization.
Mary Nucciarone: The information Jeff presented in particular offers an opportunity for us to learn about the financial aid pathways to our institutions, and better understand the experience of our students. The Khan Academy piece is a very important portal to expand access, especially because it would increase access to financial literacy resources. As financial aid professionals, one of our biggest responsibilities and challenges is to get people to understand college costs, and help them navigate the financial aid process successfully.