4 Things You'll Get Out of the New & Aspiring Aid Directors Pathway

Financial aid is a constantly changing and evolving profession. NASFAA wants to help its members achieve their professional goals and help train the next generation of financial aid directors. The New & Aspiring Aid Directors pathway at NASFAA’s 2019 Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo provides attendees who are new to a leadership position, or aspire to lead, opportunities to learn from experienced aid directors and take their management skills to the next level.

So what can you expect to get out of this exciting pathway?

Learn the "Hows" of Managing an Aid Office

If you’ve been working in an aid office for a few years, you probably already know what role the office plays on your campus, how you serve students, and what specific tasks the office is responsible for completing. The New & Aspiring Aid Directors track will take that knowledge one step further and help you learn how to lead your office. The session will be led by colleagues who have already been in your position and successfully attained many of the professional goals you may be working toward, offering rich experience and advice on a variety of topics like handling personnel and managing office budgets.

Network With Colleagues

With four distinct pathways and roughly 85 attendees in each pathway, the Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo offers a unique opportunity to share knowledge and best practices with your colleagues. The New & Aspiring Aid Directors pathway, in particular, will give you an opportunity to learn from seasoned aid directors who have years of experience leading an aid office. NASFAA has planned several networking opportunities that will take place throughout the conference, so you can interact with your colleagues and gain insight into how you can grow professionally.

How to Effectively Advocate for Your Students

One of the most important roles of a financial aid director is acting as an advocate for your students at the institutional, state, and federal levels. Financial aid administrators must be ready to contribute on campus as strategic partner and necessary component of student success. Sessions in this pathway are designed to help you establish your office and personal identity as a go-to source for financial aid information and advocacy, as well as help you deal with the rapidly changing environment in which financial aid operates. And attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a visit to Capitol Hill where they can advocate for students.

Invest in Your Future

As with all professions, it is important that financial aid administrators pursue developmental opportunities to provide the best chance for success. The New & Aspiring Aid Directors Pathway is designed for financial aid administrators who are ready to take the next step in their career and is a great opportunity for you to invest in yourself and your future.

Want to learn more about the New & Aspiring Aid Directors Pathway and other conference offerings? Check out the Agenda-At-A-Glance.

Publication Date: 1/15/2019

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