Stephen Andersen, executive director of Financial Aid at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC), recently took part in a leadership symposium for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) in Washington, D.C.
During his visit, Andersen and other members of the Georgia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (GASFAA) visited Capitol Hill to advocate for student aid and express the need for support of federal student aid.
“We had some key discussions on the importance of affordability and access to financial aid funds for our students in Georgia,” said Andersen, a resident of Rome. “We want to insure that our financial aid programs remain sound and solvent.”
Andersen was accompanied by Rebecca Ethredge, assistant director of Financial Aid at Southeastern Technical College, and Jody Darby, executive director of Student Financial Services at Chattahoochee Technical College. Andersen is the president-elect, Ethredge is the treasurer-elect, and Darby is the electronic services chair of GASFAA.
The group meet with Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., and Brett Layson senior legislative assistant for Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is the largest postsecondary education association with institutional membership in Washington, D.C., and the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators in all sectors of post-secondary education. NASFAA consist of close to 20,000 student financial assistance professionals at approximately 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country.
Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.