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About Student Aid Alliance

We are a coalition of 85 higher education organizations united in our support for federal student aid. The Student Aid Alliance is thrilled to bring you the Save Student Aid campaign to raise awareness about the importance of federal student aid for America’s future.

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What We Support

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Federal Pell Grant Program

Pell Grants are the largest student aid program and the foundation of federal student aid. Unlike student loans, they do not have to be repaid. They are awarded from the federal government to low-income students for undergraduate study at all colleges and universities.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)

SEOG grants, unlike student loans, do not have to be repaid. They are awarded to the neediest Pell Grant recipients at participating institutions. Colleges match federal funding to help low-income students borrow less and persist to completion.

Federal Work Study Program

FWS provides part-time jobs to help students work their way through college while building professional skills. Colleges and other employers match federal funding for jobs at participating institutions, local businesses, or in community service. Work study recipients are connected to the campus community, which helps them complete college on time.

TRIO Programs

TRIO programs help low-income, first-generation to college Americans enter college, graduate, and launch a career. The programs provide a pipeline of educational outreach and student support services from middle school through postgraduate study. The institution-based programs provide tutoring; personal, financial and career counseling; and special instruction in reading, writing, mathematics and study skills.

GEAR UP

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) targets at-risk 7th grade cohorts and works with them through high school to prepare and apply for college. States and local partnerships receive federal funds to create programs.

Graduate Programs

The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program supports increasing the quality of students who prepare for research and teaching. GAANN targets high-performing and high-need graduate students in areas of national competitiveness.

Student Loans

The William D. Ford Direct Loan Program (DL) uses Treasury funds to make loans to students to pay for college. Student borrowers must repay the federal government for their loans.

There are 3 types of loans under the Direct Loan program: Stafford loans, PLUS loans, and Consolidation loans.

Stafford loans are either subsidized or unsubsidized.

  • “Subsidized” means the federal government pays the interest on the loan while the student is in school. Subsidized loans are only available to low-income students.
  • “Unsubsidized” means interest accrues on the loan while the student is in school. Unsubsidized loans are not based on need.

PLUS loans are unsubsidized and may be made up to the cost of education not covered by other aid to graduate/professional students and to the parents of dependent undergraduate students.

Consolidation loans are made to former students for the purpose of combining educational loans from various federal programs into a single loan.

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Who We Are

Student Aid Alliance Members

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AACRAO: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

ACT, Inc.

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

American Association of Community Colleges

American Association of State Colleges and Universities

American Association of University Professors

American College Personnel Association

American Council on Education

American Dental Education Association

American Federation of Teachers

American Indian Higher Education Consortium

American Psychological Association

American Society for Engineering Education

American Student Association of Community Colleges

APPA

Association of American Law Schools

Association of American Medical Colleges

Association of American Universities

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Association of Community College Trustees

Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

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Association of Research Libraries

Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals

Boston University

Clemson University

Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organization

College of New Rochelle

Columbia University

Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Council for Opportunity in Education

Council of Graduate Schools

Council of Independent Colleges

Council on Social Work Education

Duke University

EDUCAUSE

Emory University

Georgetown University

Loyola University Chicago

Harvard University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michigan State University

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

National Association for College Admission Counseling

National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

National Association of College and University Business Officers

National Association of College Stores

National Association of Graduate and Professional Students

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs

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National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

National College Access Network

National Council for Community and Education Partnerships

National Council of University Research Administrators

National Education Association

New York University

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

The California State University

The College Board

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

The National Collegiate Athletic Association

The Ohio State University

UNCF

United States Student Association

University Continuing Education Association

University of Arizona

University of California

University of Maryland System

University of Massachusetts

University of Michigan

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania

University of Rochester

University of Southern California

University of Washington

US Public Interest Research Group

Utah Valley State College

Vanderbilt University

Women’s College Coalition

Work Colleges Consortium

Yale University

Yes We Must Coalition

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