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California State University’s Allison Jones Appointed to Federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance

(July 2, 2007) – Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has appointed Allison Jones to the federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (ACSFA), which provides advice and counsel to the Secretary of Education and Congress on student financial aid policy issues.

Mr. Jones is assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor.  In that capacity, he coordinates support to 23 university campuses in the areas of K-12 academic outreach, student admissions, enrollment management, financial aid, education opportunity programs, student services, student health, transfer services, and disabled student services. He began his career in higher education administration in 1970 and has been employed with the California State University since 1985.

The ACSFA is an independent, bipartisan source of advice created by Congress with the enactment of the Higher Education Amendments of 1986. It makes recommendations to maintain and increase student access and persistence to higher education, especially for low- and moderate-income students.

The Advisory Committee consists of 11 members. Three members are appointed by the House of Representatives, three by the Senate, and five by the Secretary of Education. Committee members serve staggered three-year terms and may be reappointed.

Examples of Advisory Committee reports include the following: 

  • Access Denied:  Restoring the Nation's Commitment to Equal Education Opportunity
  • Empty Promises:  The Myth of College Access in America
  • The Student Aid Gauntlet: Making Access to College Simple and Certain
  • Mortgaging Our Future:  How Financial Barriers to College Undercut America's Global Competitiveness.
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Last Updated: July 2, 2007

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