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Student Financial Services

Student financial services (SFS) describes how colleges and universities provide students and families with finance-related services, such as applying for financial aid and paying a tuition bill, along with the associated business processes necessary to pay for college.

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Resources for Student Financial Services Professionals

U.S. Department of Education Resources

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Bryan Dickson

Director, Student Financial Services and Educational Programs


NACUBO Spotlight

2022 Student Financial Services Award

Christine Blakney, senior managing director of Student Business Services at Texas Tech University, received the honor for her extensive contributions to her institution, the profession, and NACUBO.

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Christine Blakney


NACUBO Student Financial Services Policies and Procedures Report Released

May 22, 2023

The new report, supported by TouchNet, provides insight on SFS operations during FY22 at 341 colleges and universities, including services offered, tuition and fee structures, and collections and write-off policies. It also includes new information on using HEERF allocations to forgive debt associated with registration and transcript holds.

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  • February 27, 2023

    ED Issues Updated Third-Party Servicer Guidelines

    The Department of Education's new guidance on what qualifies as a “third-party servicer” for the purposes of Title IV compliance has been postponed until September 1, but schools should begin examining these agreements now.

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  • December 19, 2022

    VA Delays Rollout of New Enrollment Certification System

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has postponed the implementation of its new system to certify student veteran enrollment at colleges and universities until March 2023. This pause was an advocacy priority for NACUBO that will ensure a smooth certification period for the spring semester and allow more time for training.

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Student Financial Services Council

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Press Releases

  • May 11, 2023

    NACUBO Selects 17 Higher Education Business Officers for 2023-24 Fellows Program

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  • April 27, 2023

    NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study (TDS) Benchmarking Tool

    The NACUBO TDS Benchmarking Tool allows member institutions to compare their endowment, tuition discounting, and student financial services survey results against self-selected peer group averages.

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Upcoming Programs

  • March 10, 2023

    Rebuilding Your Business Model

    June 1, 2023 | 2:30–3 pm ET | Online | Presented by NACUBO Consulting

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