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Policy

We advocate for equitable financial aid and higher education systems.

Policy

Policy Priorities


The policy team works with students, practitioners, and uAspire advisors to identify challenges students face accessing financial aid and develop advocacy priorities each year.

Policy Fellowship


Through a paid fellowship, college students build advocacy skills and influence policymakers to make higher education more affordable and equitable.

Fellows are undergraduate students in California, Massachusetts, and New York, who are Pell-eligible or have DACA or TPS status. The fellowship builds a pipeline for underrepresented voices into politics and ensures policymakers are hearing directly from those most affected by policies.

Policy Fellowship
"We see firsthand the obstacles students across the country face affording college. We experience the problems. We know the needed solutions.”

Student Policy Fellows

Jorge Pereira Martinez
Jorge Pereira Martinez

Columbia University

Aisha Porcher
Aisha Porcher

Springfield College

Rosalyn Rojas Rodriguez
Rosalyn Rojas Rodriguez

Columbia University in the City of New York

Amara Santos
Amara Santos

San Francisco State University

Evelyne Aviles Velazquez
Evelyne Aviles Velazquez

Pomona College

Publications

A Pilot to Implement Universal Financial Aid Application Completion in California
Opportunities & Challenges of Universal FAFSA
No Way to Pay
Beyond the College Bill
Decoding the Cost of College

The Latest

How to Support Students Through the New FAFSA Timeline

How to Support Students Through the New FAFSA Timeline
Blog
Mass. should add another high school graduation requirement

Mass. should add another high school graduation requirement
In the Media
New Federal Regulations Require Clearer Financial Aid Offers and Ban Most Transcript Withholding

New Federal Regulations Require Clearer Financial Aid Offers and Ban Most Transcript Withholding
Blog

Policy Team

Melissa Clarke
Melissa Clarke

New York Policy Director

Anika Van Eaton
Anika Van Eaton

Vice President of Policy

Parshan Khosravi
Parshan Khosravi

California Policy Director

Femi Stoltz
Femi Stoltz

Massachusetts Policy Director