National, regional and state professional organizations allow financial aid officials and educators to network, gather information and share ideas.
Financial Aid National Professional Associations
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
More than 28,000 student financial assistance professionals at nearly 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every 10 undergraduates in the U.S.
National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP)
Mission is to promote, strengthen, encourage and enhance high standards of performance in administration and operation of government-sponsored postsecondary student financial aid, access, and/or completion programs to the end that the benefits of these programs shall be available to students in all the states for the purpose of expanding and furthering postsecondary educational opportunities.
National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) is a membership organization representing more than 1,900 colleges and universities across the country.
National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA)
Professional organization comprised of individuals engaged in the practice of advising college and university students who apply for competitive scholarships and fellowships; institutions of higher education that promote and celebrate the process of applying for competitive scholarships and fellowships as an educational enterprise; and foundations and organizations that administer competitive scholarship and fellowship programs.
Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC)
Non-profit mission, makes all PESC APPROVED STANDARDS and technical information available to the education community online.
Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations (COHEAO)
Serves as a partnership of colleges, universities, and organizations dedicated to promoting student friendly, efficiently operated campus-based loan and tuition payment programs.
National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA)
National professional organization for scholarship sponsors.
568 Presidents’ Group
Affiliation of colleges and universities, all of which must admit students on a need-blind basis.
Coalition of State University Aid Administrators (COSUAA)
Non-profit organization whose membership consists of the chief student financial aid administrators at public four-year universities with enrollments of 10,000 or more students.
The College Board
Mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.
American Council on Education (ACE)
Membership organization that mobilizes the higher education community to shape effective public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practice.
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Leads advocacy efforts that shape effective public policy and help colleges and universities best serve their students and their communities.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
Unites college and professional planners to create a range of learning opportunities for the community to share perspectives, resources, best practices, and fresh ideas that move challenges to solutions—building upon a culture of integrated planning.
Nonprofit association that helps higher education elevate the impact of IT.
National Association of Veterans’ Program Administrators
Member organization for professionals involved in the operation of veterans’ affairs programs across the country.
National Institute of Certified College Planners
Promotes the value of professional, competent and ethical college financial planning services.
National Partnership for Educational Access
Membership organization focusing on providing access to and participation in a collaborative learning community where organizations, institutions and individuals work to provide and expand educational opportunities for motivated, underserved students.
School Counselor National Professional Associations
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession.
American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
Foundation that expands the image and influence of school counselors through advocacy, leadership, collaboration and systemic change.
National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC)
Membership of enrollment management, admission, and counseling professionals who together support students seeking higher education.
Financial Aid Regional Professional Associations
Financial Aid State Professional Associations
International Financial Aid Professional Associations
Student Loan Trade Associations
Consumer Bankers Association (CBA)
Member-driven trade association focused exclusively on retail banking.
Education Finance Council (EFC)
National trade association representing nonprofit and state-based higher education finance organizations.
National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs (NCHELP)
Brings together the higher education community to strengthen all federal and private student loan and state grant programs through its ongoing involvement with Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Treasury, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Communications Commission, and other federal agencies.
Student Loan Alliance
Nonprofit trade association that focuses exclusively on student loan servicing issues.
Organizations for Parents
College Parents of America
Membership organization comprised of current and future college parents.