NCAN Member Stacy Lightfoot Testifies to Congress

May 5, 2015

Update: On May 6, 2015, NCAN member Stacy Lightfoot testified to the Senate HELP committee on the importance consumer information to help students pick the best bit college for them. She stressed the importance of knowing "how a student like me" does at a particular institution - including financial aid package information,  Pell Grant graduation rates, and job placement rates. Ms. Lightfoot also emphasized the need for "translators" to help guide students - a strong statement to Congress on the importance of advisors and counselors in the college selection process. 

In her full testimony, Ms. Lightfoot talks about two students - one who succeeded on her college journey and one who did not. These powerful stories illustrate the need for not just better data at the federal level, but better tools and training to get helpful information into the hands of students. 

Additionally, Ms. Lightfoot discussed the importance of moving to using the prior prior year income data for the FAFSA form, stating that this change would allow students to better prepare and plan to pay for college.

The Times Free Press of Chattanooga, TN, provided coverage of their hometown education leaders hearing participation.


Tomorrow at 10:00 AM EDT, NCAN member Stacy Lightfoot, Vice President of College & Career Success Initiatives at the Public Education Foundation in Chattanooga, TN, will testify in front of Congress on the importance of consumer information in college choice. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold the hearing, “Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: The Role of Consumer Information in College Choice.” To watch Ms. Lightfoot testify live, please visit the Senate HELP page.

Ms. Lightfoot knows the importance of education. As an African American female, she grew up in a low-income, single parent home. Statistics suggested that she would continue to live in poverty, work a low-wage job and not obtain a college degree. However, her mother made sure that throughout her life she was surrounded by trusted adults and positive role models. Her college counselor helped her research DePauw University in the cornfields of Greencastle, IN. It was the perfect college for Ms. Lightfoot because it matched her personality and learning style in addition to be meeting her family’s financial need. 

Using her personal experience, and the examples of two students – one who graduated from college and one who has debt and no degree – Ms. Lightfoot will suggest to Congress what information and type of guidance first-generation and low-income students need to successfully complete a college degree. 

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