Hello, TASFAA members!
I wanted to share an experience with you and suggest a training that I’m not sure many of you have done.
During the week of May 8-12, I had the pleasure of attending the Fundamentals of Federal Student Aid Administration training in Washington, D.C. It was an exciting week to be in D.C. to say the least, but the training was certainly worth attending. This training is required of all new schools (some of you may not know that A&M-SA separated from A&M-Kingsville last year and we awarded our first year of financial aid during the 2016-2017 aid year), but is available for anyone who wants to attend. And, the training is free (but you do have to pay for travel and meals) and is available closer to home in Dallas during certain times of the year.
So, why am I telling you about this training? Well, because additional training is good, and this training specifically is pretty good. And, it actually doesn’t hurt for us old dogs to go back because there’s always something new happening in financial aid. I can guarantee you that there’s something in this training for everyone.
However, this may not be the training for you because you have to do a 20 hour online module first before you can even sign up for the face-to-face workshop. Or, it may be too expensive for you to travel to Dallas or D.C. or Philly or San Diego. We get that.
BUT, if you can’t do this training, consider doing one of the following:
- TASFAA’s New Aid Officers Workshop (NAOW)
- One of TASFAA’s Regional Training Opportunities
- TASFAA’s ABC Workshop
- TASFAA’s Annual Conference (in beautiful San Antonio this October!!!)
Or, expand your horizons and attend the SWASFAA Mid-Level Training or one of NASFAA’s many training opportunities that also includes credentialed professional development activities! Truly, the options are numerous.
Get out there, gain the knowledge and become a strong professional in our organization. You’ll only be the better for it. Happy awarding!!
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Texas A&M University-San Antonio