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About This Journal

The Journal of Student Financial Aid (JSFA) is a peer-reviewed outlet featuring works of significance in all areas of postsecondary student financial assistance. Our mission is to bring scholarly work to bear on the practice and theory of providing financial assistance to students pursuing postsecondary education. We invite the submission of manuscripts that report original research findings; editorial opinions on policy issues; and book reviews. We encourage submissions from diverse methodological and conceptual perspectives with implications for the practice of financial aid administration. Although the principle focus of NASFAA and the JSFA  has historically been on issues of importance to aid administration in the United States, we welcome submissions focusing on any region or topic that is relevant to the mission of the JSFA.

Journal of Student Financial Aid is the official journal NASFAA, 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. As part of its commitment to NASFAA’s mission, JSFA bridges financial aid research and practice and serves as a resource for financial aid scholars and administrators. The journal aims to make accessible and timely contributions to ongoing financial aid debates, as well providing evidence-based research to inform aid policies and practices. Through these efforts, JSFA contributes to the professional development of NASFAA members and is a valued resource for financial aid scholarship.

History of the Journal
Thanks to the strong leadership of Dr. Robert Huff in the early years of NASFAA in the late 1960s, the publication of the NASFAA Journal of Student Financial Aid was approved. His convincing rationale was one based on what most, well-respected organizations would agree to be essential to any group hoping to be seen as "professional" (i.e., the need for good, timely research as the basis for forming and refining effective  policies). While not every member of the student aid profession would necessarily have a Ph.D. or be totally comfortable with delta's, chi squares, and standard deviations, certainly most would agree that such research would be the mark of any true profession.

In the early years of the JSFA, there would be three kinds of articles which could be considered: the traditional research piece, a thoughtful policy analysis article, and an occasional well-written "how to" publication. As with most professional publications, all of this writing would serve to inform effective  policy and procedures. As the profession grew and NASFAA resources increased, the NASFAA Student Aid Transcript would more appropriately become the primary venue for the "how to" articles. The earliest JSFA also featured an occasional book review.