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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

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


New Report Shows Cost—Not Revenue—of Federal Student Loan Program

August 5, 2022

A report from the Government Accountability Office shows that while the Federal Direct Loan Program was originally estimated to generate $114 billion over 25 years, it has actually cost the government an estimated $197 billion. The swing was driven by programmatic changes and new estimates using revised economic and loan-performance data.

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  • May 6, 2022

    ED Extends Deadline for Mandatory Defaulted Perkins Assignments

    Schools with Perkins Loans that have been in default for over two years will now have until June 30, 2023, to either assign the loans to the Department of Education or purchase the loans.

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  • March 24, 2022

    VA Updates 85/15 Reporting Requirements

    As the result of advocacy efforts by NACUBO and several other higher education associations, the Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced an extension for institutions to report their enrollment headcounts. The agency also updated the process for institutions to submit the information, eliminating manual data entry.

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Student Financial Services Council

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Press Releases

  • August 08, 2022

    NACUBO President and CEO Susan Whealler Johnston Announces Retirement

    Her initiatives led to increased membership, new grant funding, DEI commitments, and more.

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  • May 26, 2022

    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

  • July 21, 2022

    What Is the Optimal Organizational Structure for a Finance Office?

    August 25, 2022 | 12:30–1 pm ET | Online

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