College president works to ensure all prospective students have access to higher education
Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante is serving as a member of Forward50 – a new committee formed by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). Funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Forward50 is comprised of 50 higher education leaders from across the nation.
For the next 18 months, Bustamante will collaborate with his team to discover new ways to ensure students are not prevented from attending and graduating college. The group will address access, affordability, accountability, and transparency. The solutions found will be passed along to members of Congress and broader policy communities for review and comment.
“NASFAA is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 20,000 financial aid professionals at nearly 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every ten undergraduates in the United States. Based in Washington, D.C., NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators,” according to a NASFAA press release.
We wish Chris Bustamante the best of luck and cannot wait to hear more about Forward50’s innovations.