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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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Bryan Dickson

Director, Student Financial Services and Educational Programs


NACUBO Spotlight

2023 Student Financial Services Award

Chris Cook, executive director of the Vanderbilt University Office of Student Accounts, received the 2023 Student Financial Services Award for his extensive contributions to his institution, the profession, and NACUBO.

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Chris Cook


ED Publishes Final Gainful Employment, Financial Value Transparency Regulations

October 6, 2023

The final rules, which take effect on July 1, 2024, contain some notable differences from ED’s proposal.

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  • August 14, 2023

    ED Shares FAFSA Simplification Guidance for 2024-25 Award Year

    The Department of Education plans to make “significant and extensive changes” to the FAFSA form and process, following other important changes over the past few years.

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  • June 23, 2023

    NACUBO Raises Concerns With Proposed Rules on Financial Responsibility, Transcript Holds, and More

    In a letter to the Department of Education, we highlighted proposals that go beyond generally accepted accounting principles, concerns regarding new reporting mandates, and more.

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NACUBO Advisories

Stay current and compliant with guidance from NACUBO. Advisories provide direction on a variety of complex topics.


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Student Financial Services Council

NACUBO members can contribute, participate and volunteer in many ways.

Press Releases

  • November 06, 2023

    NACUBO Names Timothy J. McDonough Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Communications

    We are pleased to announce that McDonough will join NACUBO on December 11, and Vice President Jim Hundrieser will step into a senior advisor role.

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  • November 01, 2023

    Tuition Discounting Study Glossary and Help Text

    Help text for the Tuition Discounting Study (TDS) survey questions and definition of key terms in the annual Tuition Discounting Study

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Upcoming Programs

  • January 25, 2022

    2024 Intermediate Accounting and Reporting

    January 24-26, 2024 | Online | Schedule in Eastern Time

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