7 Ideas to Boost Your SAP Communication Strategy

7 Ideas to Boost Your SAP Communication Strategy

Want to beef up your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) communication strategy for students?  Consider one or more of these tips for students on Financial Aid Warning or Financial Aid Probation:

  1. Send notification via more than one method (i.e., email, snail mail, and notifications in your student information system) to notify students on Financial Aid Warning or who are disqualified for financial aid because they failed to meet SAP. This emphasizes that the school wants the student to understand this important information.
  2. During the first 2 weeks of the enrollment period, remind them of the student success services on campus. Highlight tutoring, learning communities, disability resources, library hours, and more.
  3. Monitor if these students drop classes and re-direct them to academic counseling. Intervention is key.  You want to ensure that they don’t falter again, so point them in the direction of someone who may be able to help them keep the course load they need to maintain SAP.
  4. Consider adding a Financial Literacy Component to a SAP Academic Plan. You have an excellent opportunity to provide students with a series of recommendations and pertinent information by personalizing academic plans for students on Financial Aid Probation.  Suggest completion of the Department of Education’s Financial Awareness Counseling Tool on studentloans.gov, an online financial literacy workshop, or completing a GPA or budget calculator.
  5. Prior to midterms, cheer them on. Congratulate them on their success thus far.  Summarize student success services that can help them prepare for mid-terms and gently remind them of the consequences of failure. This is also a great opportunity to remind students to make an appointment with your office if they have any questions or concerns regarding their current progress towards reestablishing SAP standards.
  6. Remind them they are on home stretch prior to finals. Inspire them to maintain their academic progress.  Consider an inspirational message from your institution’s President, a Dean, or the Director of Financial Aid.  It’s also another great opportunity to recap the student success services.
  7. Congratulate those who make it. When you run SAP again, make certain that you “high five” those students who succeeded.  Let them know that the financial aid team supports their educational goals.


Dan Dreves

Director of School Partnerships


Service Project for TASFAA Conference

Sent on behalf of Eric Cooper:

You may not be thinking this way yet, but did you know the TASFAA conference registration is open????  Yes, it is!!  Sign up now to attend!!

And while you’re at it, take a moment to think about contributing to our charity events.  As in the past, we’ll have a raffle for donated items to raise money for our Community Service Project supporting the San Antonio Food Bank.  Please check out the website for information about the Food Bank:  https://www.tasfaa.org/docs/conferences/2017/community.html.

We’ll have another blog post about the raffle and how you can contribute, but I wanted to offer you another option.  There have been some terrific gift baskets for raffle in the past, and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised for some of the options we have this year.  But, we know that it sometimes can be daunting to bring a gift basket of items, especially if you might be flying into the lovely (and heavily under construction) San Antonio airport!  So, what can you do in addition to buying raffle tickets?  Well, how about this…

Bring one small food item in your checked bags to donate to the Food Bank.

food bank logo

The twelve most wanted foods are peanut butter, cereal, tuna, beans, rice, mac & cheese, chili, canned stews, canned soups, canned luncheon meats, full meals in cans or boxes and other pop top food items.  Even if you pack like me and bring everything to dress up, casual and for your run, there’s still going to be room to bring some peanut butter or canned tuna, right????

So, your mission is to what????  Bring something for the raffle.  Or, buy raffle tickets.  Or, bring a food item to donate.  Well heck, how about all three!  Be a TASFAA All-Star (see what I did there – shout out!) and hit for the cycle!

Seriously, thank you all for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you all at our 50th Conference!!!

Eric Cooper
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Texas A&M University-San Antonio


TASFAA Award Reception

Hi there Past, Current, and Future TASFAA members!

For those of you who haven’t already heard about our fantastic 50th Anniversary TASFAA Conference coming up in October, let me share with you an event worth attending to honor our distinguished financial aid peers.  If you thought the conference was all about Federal updates and learning about Academic Plans for SAP, you were mistaken. We also take the time to recognize important individuals in our field and have some fun!

The TASFAA award reception will take place, during the conference, on Wednesday, October 11th from 4:15-6:00, which will include appetizers and a cash bar. During the year, TASFAA members nominate outstanding financial aid professionals for awards, such as the Mack C. Adams Scholarship, Hall of Fame, STAR, and Trailblazer awards. We will announce the recipients of these awards and recognize professionals for their years of service during the reception. Come to the 3rd floor in the San Antonio Ballroom of the beautiful Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel and meet these honored guests! Who knows… YOU might be recognized next year! Come and find out what it’s all about.

Registration is currently open and the hotel rate is secured through September 8th. Sign up today!

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Juliana Davis
Fall Conference Committee Member and Chair of the Mentor/Protégé Committee
Financial Aid Program Specialist
Texas State University- San Marcos

TASFAA Conference Sessions Available

Can you believe it’s already late July? Where has this year gone? Although October may seem like a ways off, it’ll be here closer than you think. The conference committee has been hard at work putting together a stellar program. We received an overwhelming response to our call for proposals and I’m pleased to announce that breakout sessions are now available to view (https://tasfaa.org/docs/conferences/2017/agenda.html).

This year, we are featuring tracks that can guide your conference experience. These tracks are:

Nuts and Bolts
Professional Development
Best Practices

In addition to breakout sessions, we will have general sessions. Wednesday’s general sessions will feature federal updates from NASFAA’s Stephen Payne. Friday’s general sessions will feature Charles Puls from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board who will focus on state legislative updates and the new SB 0887.

Lock in your Early Bird rate by registering today!

Erika Cox
Conference Chair

TASFAA General Sessions & Events

Got the summer aid blues? You know what will perk you up? Daydreaming about the fabulous time you’ll spend networking with friends from across the state at TASFAA’s 50th Anniversary Conference. Registration is open!

The Conference Committee is excited to tell you about important general sessions and special events that will take place during the conference this year. On Wednesday, Stephen Payne, Assistant Director of Federal Relations at NASFAA will give a federal legislative update followed by an interactive town hall where you can ask your burning questions to him, Lisa Blazer and our FSA trainer. You voice affects policy, so come prepared with questions!

On Friday, The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will present on Texas Legislative Updates and will host a special session on SB 0887. Joining us will be Charles Puls, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, and Ginger Gossman, Senior Director, Innovation and Policy Developmen

What would TASFAA be without a celebration. Wednesday late afternoon, we will host a reception in honor of our award nominiees. More info to come in a later blog post. On Thursday night, pull your 80s clothes out of your closet and get ready to dance and sing along to the excellent Spazmatics! See a rousing clip below!

Excited? Well, hurry and register today! Early bird rates end early September, so register before the craziness of August.

Erika Cox
Conference Chair