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Rethinking Student Aid
Steven E. Brooks
Executive Director, North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority
Steven E. Brooks has served as the executive director of the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority since February 1997. At the Authority, he oversees the distribution of some 300,000 college grant and loan awards exceeding $1.2 billion annually. He holds degrees of Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors in History (1971), Master of Arts (1974) and Doctor of Education (1986) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the Authority, he was involved for 20 years in student financial aid administration at Wake Forest University and Louisburg College.
A former Peace Corps volunteer, Brooks is a past Trustee of the College Board, a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs, and past Chair of the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Assembly. He received the CSS Distinguished Service Award and was inducted into the CSS Hall of Fame in 2004. He served, as a member of and then as a special advisor to, the College Board's Financial Aid Standards and Services Advisory Committee from its inception in 1993 until 2007.
Brooks recently co-chaired the College Board Trustees' Task Force on College Access for Low-Income Students. That work has led to the establishment of The CollegeKeys Compact™, a collaborative agreement that is intended to enhance preparation, access and success for a variety of students now underrepresented in higher education. He also recently served as the founding chair of the task force established by the National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs to implement the college access initiatives by guarantors as required under the Higher Education Reconciliation Act.