About This Journal
The Journal of Student Financial Aid (JSFA) is a scholarly, peer-reviewed outlet featuring works of significance in all areas pertaining to the finance of higher education, especially student financial aid. 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; book reviews; and research in progress on promising practices or policies. We encourage submissions from diverse methodological and conceptual perspectives with implications for the practice of financial aid administration. Although the focus of the Journal has historically been on financial aid in the United States, we welcome the submission of comparative and international work.
History of the Journal
Thanks to the strong leadership of Dr. Robert Huff in the early years of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (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). The first issue of the Journal was published in 1971.
In 2018, NASFAA decided that the mission of the Journal had become distinct from its own mission and goals and looked to move the Journal to a more academic setting. The Center for Economic Education at the University of Louisville became the official home of the Journal in 2019.