Government Relations Committee

Purpose

To review, analyze, and/or evaluate and respond to regulatory, legislative, and programmatic issues, and to assist in the dissemination of information when appropriate. This committee also identies, considers and develops Association positions on long-range policy issues and serves as a resource for legislators and their aides.

Composition

Co-chaired by individuals appointed by the President; volunteer members.

2014-2015 Objectives

1. Promote communication between the membership and Massachusetts legislators:

      a. Connect with key State legislators and administrators, and educate them on behalf of MASFAA members on key issues and concerns in the financial aid community.

b. Facilitate communication between State legislators/legislative staff and MASFAA members as needed.

c. Increase participation of students and institutions in the State House Day event, with particular emphasis on participation from public colleges and universities.

d. Provide information on the MASFAA list-serve and website to alert the membership to important changes in State regulation and legislation as needed.

e. Strengthen working relationships with Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance staff

2. Keep changes in Federal legislation in the forefront of membership awareness:

      a. Connect with key Federal legislators and administrators, and educate them on behalf of MASFAA members on issues and concerns in the financial aid community.

b. Facilitate communication between Congressional staff and MASFAA members as needed.

c. Provide training sessions at regional gatherings, the MASFAA Conference, and throughout the year on new Federal regulations and programs, and/or changes in existing programs.

d. Provide information on the MASFAA list-serve and website to alert the membership to important changes in Federal regulation and legislation as needed.

e. Compile federal compliance resources for MASFAA members regarding requirements such as loan counseling, consumer disclosures, and Constitution Day.

Committee Links

Current Resources:

Guide to College Financial Aid Resources in Massachusetts

Loan RFI Templates:

Sample Cover Letter

Loan RFI Questionnaire

Government Links:

Federal:

United States House of Representatives

United States Senate

White House

Congress.org

Massachusetts:

Massachusetts House of Representatives

Massachusetts Senate

Governors Office

Annual Committee Reports

2013-2014 Government Relations Committee Reports

2012-2013 Government Relations Committee Reports

2011-2012 Government Relations Committee Reports

2010-2011 Government Relations Committee Reports

Committee Members:

Rosemarie Alicea
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
Jonathan Brett
Boston University 
Cheryl Constantine
Boston University School of Law 
Bradley Freeman
AICUM 
Ann Helfman
Bottom Line 
Christine McGuire
Boston University 
Lynne Myers
College of the Holy Cross 
Eileen O’Leary
Stonehill College 
Bernard Pekala
Boston College
Jennifer Porter
Emmanuel College 
Stephanie Wells
MEFA 
Peter Wyatt
MIT