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AAC Association of American Colleges
AACJC American Association of Community and Junior Colleges
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
AACRAO  American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association for Higher Education
Association of American Law Schools
AASCU American Association of State Colleges and Universities
AASFAA Arizona Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
AAU Association of American Universities
American Association of University Professors
ABI Average Borrower Indebtedness
ACA Administrative Cost Allowance
ACCU Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
ACE American Council of Education 
ACH Automated Clearing House
ACRAO Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers
ACS Affiliated Computer Services, Inc
ACSUS Association for Canadian Studies in the United States
ACT American College Testing
AERA American Educational Research Association
AFDC Aid to Families with Dependent Children
AGI Adjusted Gross Income
AGB Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
AHC Association of Academic Health Centers
AICCU Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities
AICS Association of Independent Colleges and Schools
AJCU Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
ANSI American National Standards Institute
APSU Asian and Pacific Islanders Student Union
ASEE American Society for Engineering Education
ASHE Association for the Study of Higher Education
AUU Association of Urban Universities
AY  Academic Year
CAL-SOAP California Student Opportunity & Access Program
CAPHE Consortium for the Advancement of Higher Education
CAPPS California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools
CASE Council for the Advancement and Support of Higher Education
California Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
CBA Consumer Bankers Association
CBO Congressional Budget Office
CCA Career College Associations
California Credit Union League
CCR Community College Reserve
California Debt Limit Allocation Committee
CDR Cohort Default Rate
California Educational Facilities Authority
CFR  Code of Federal Regulations
CGS Council of Graduate Schools
CIC Council of Independent Colleges
CLFE California Lenders for Education
COHEAO Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations
COLA Cost-of-Living Adjustment
CPEC  California Post-secondary Education Commission
CSS College Scholarship Service
CUPA College and University Personnel Association
CWS College Work Study
ED U.S. Department of Education
EDPMS U.S. Department of Education Payment Management System
EFC  Education Finance Council
EFC Expected Family Contribution
EFT Electronic Fund Transfer
ELM Educational Loan Management Resources
ELSC Education Loan Servicing Center, Inc.
ESAR Electronic Student Aid Report
ETS Educational Testing Service
FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid
FAO Financial Aid Officer
FC Family Contribution
FCRA Fair Credit Reporting Act
FDSLP Federal Direct Student Loan Program
FFELP Federal Family Education Loan Program
FIRS Federal Information Relay Service
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
FRB Federal Reserve Bank
FTC Federal Trade Commission
FTE Full-Time Equivalent Enrollment
GED General Education Development
GES General Electronics Support
GPA Grade Point Average
GSL Guaranteed Student Loans
HBCU Historically Black Colleges & Universities
HEA Higher Education Act of 1965
HEAL Health Education Assistance Loan
HEPI Higher Education Price Index
ICL Income-Contingent Loan
ICR Income-Contingent Repayment
IRS Internal Revenue Service
JTPA Job Training Partnership Act
LEA Local Educational Agency
LLR  Lender of Last Resort
LRA Lender Request for Assistance
LS Lender Services
LSAT Law School Aptitude Test
Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators
MASFAA Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
NAACS National Association of Accredited Cosmetology Schools
NACAC National Association of College Admissions Counselors
NACCS National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences
NACUA National Association of College and University Attorneys
NACUBO National Association of College and University Business Officers
NAFEO National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
NAICU National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
NAR Need Analysis Report
NASCLG National Association of State Colleges and Land Grant Universities
NASFAA National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
NASPA National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
NASSGP National Association of State Scholarship and Grant Programs
NASSLGP National Association of State Student Loan Guaranteed
NASULGC National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
NATTS National Association of Trade and Technical Schools
NCES National Center for Education Statistics
NCHELP National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs, Inc.
NCHEMS National Center for Higher Education Management Systems
NCURA National Council of University Research Administrators
NEISP  National Early Intervention Scholarship and Partnership Program
NOD Notice of Default
NOG Notice of Guaranty
NPR National Performance Review
NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
NPSAS National Post-Secondary Student Aid Study
NRMSIR Nationally Recognized Municipal Securities Information Repository
NSF Non-Sufficient Funds
NSLDS National Student Loan Data System
NSTF National Service Trust Fund
NUCEA National University Continuing Education Association
NYSFAAA  New York State Financial Aid Administrator’s Association
OASFAA Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
OPR  Operational Program Review
PC Parental Contribution
PCA Pre-Claims Assistance
PHEAA Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
PLUS  Parental Loan for Undergraduate Students
PPVEA Private Post-Secondary Vocational Education Act
PSAT Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
RMASFAA Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
SAC Student Aid Commission
SAFE Sustained Annual Financial Effort
SAP  Special Allowance Payment
SAR Student Aid Report
SASEA Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators
SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test
SBA Small Business Association
SC Student Contribution
SDF Student Data Form
SEA State Educational Agency
SEARS Student Expenses And Resources Survey (for California)
SEOG Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
SHEEO State Higher Education Executive Officers Association
SLS  Supplemental Loans for Students
SLSA Student Loan Servicing Alliance 
SMA Standard Maintenance Allowance
SPA Supplemental Pre-claims Account
SPAR Supplemental Pre-claims Assistance Request
SSCR Student Status Confirmation Report
SSIG State Student Incentive Grant
TGA Transitional Guaranty Agency 
UNIPAC Unipac Service Corporation
WASFAA  Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
WFAA Washington Financial Aid Administrators