NextStepsEd was created to assist displaced students whose college and career schools closed while they were enrolled, or shortly after they withdrew, in navigating their options. These options include closed school federal loan discharge, Universal Borrower Defense, and Pell Grant eligibility restoration. This project is funded by Lumina Foundation.

The content of this website is the sole responsibility of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). We make every effort to ensure that the information on NextStepsEd is as accurate, complete, and up-to-date as possible. We cannot guarantee that it is free of omissions or errors and bear no liability for how the content is interpreted or used, or for the content of any third-party links included in the site. NextStepsEd does not offer legal advice and is not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education or the federal government. Please reach out to the Financial Aid Office at the institution you are interested in attending if you plan to further your postsecondary education.

About the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators NASFAA logo

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) provides professional development for financial aid administrators; advocates for public policies that increase student access and success; serves as a forum on student financial aid issues; and is committed to diversity throughout all activities. NASFAA’s membership includes 22,000 student financial assistance professionals at approximately 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every 10 undergraduates in the U.S. For NextStepsEd, NASFAA advisors will provide general support on financial aid, closed school federal loan discharges, Pell Grant eligibility restoration, and fraud and other violations to students affected by school closures across the country.

About Lumina Foundation Lumina logo

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. They envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials.