Packaging & Notification of Awards 2013

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This four week course introduces participants to awarding and packaging financial aid funds, elements of award notifications, basic packaging models and guidelines for packaging federal financial aid funds. This course is a perfect collaborative learning tool for advanced financial aid professionals, and has been designed with the necessary tools, equipment and subject matter expertise to aid you through the four-week process. A credential is provided after successfully completing and passing the credential test, which is available at the conclusion of the course and included in your course fee.

NASFAA University courses are 100% online with an asynchronous focus, meaning the individual attendee can log on anytime/anyplace (assuming they have Internet access) and participate in course requirements – naturally there are due dates they will need to adhere to, i.e. weekly assignments that must be completed. There are also weekly synchronous class meetings. However, these “live” classes are optional and recorded for on-demand viewing by the course attendee. While there will be no grade reductions for students that do not attend the live classes, we do encourage attendance to due to the highly collaborative nature of the courses. Please see the following detailed schedule for the live weekly classes:

  • Class Meeting 1: 02/03/14 6pm - 7pm ET
  • Class Meeting 2: 02/10/14 6pm - 7pm ET
  • Class Meeting 3: 02/18/14 6pm - 7pm ET
  • Class Meeting 4: 02/24/14 6pm - 7pm ET


  • Lesson 1 – Packaging Objectives, Guidelines, Policies and Procedures 
  • Lesson 2 – Packaging Models
  • Lesson 3 – Packaging Process
  • Lesson 4 – Packaging, Overawards, Award Notifications 

Important Dates

  • 02/03/14 Class Begins 6am ET -- attendees may sign on 
  • 02/03/14 Class Meeting #1 (Optional Attendance) -- Live/Online 6pm - 7pm ET 
  • 02/09/14 Due – Homework, Weekly Discussions, and Quiz 
  • 02/10/14 Class Meeting #2 (Optional Attendance) -- Live/Online 6pm - 7pm ET 
  • 02/17/14 Due - Weekly Discussions and Quiz 
  • 02/18/14 Class Meeting #3 (Optional Attendance) -- Live/Online 6pm - 7pm ET 
  • 02/23/14 Due – Group Work, Weekly Discussions, and Quiz 
  • 02/24/14 Class Meeting #4 (Optional Attendance) -- Live/Online 6pm - 7pm ET 
  • 03/02/14 Due - Weekly Discussions and Quiz 
  • 03/03/14 – 03/16/14 Credential Testing 

Course Facilitators and Guest Lecturer

David TolmanDavid Tolman’s career in financial aid began in 1992. Before joining NASFAA, he had been the Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at Boise State University for nearly 12 years. His training experience includes many summers as faculty for WASFAA Summer Institutes, being a non-federal trainer with the U.S. Department of Education, and an instructor for NASFAA decentralized training. David also taught principles of microeconomics courses at Boise State University as an adjunct faculty member. His education includes a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree from Arizona State University.

/uploadedImages/System/Images/Staff_Photos/debralg.jpgDebra La Grone began her career in higher education in 1990 after graduating from the University of Utah. Since then, she held various positions in financial aid offices at the University of Utah, Texas A&M University, Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University –Texarkana. She joined the NASFAA staff in 2011 as a Training Specialist in the Division of Training and Regulatory Assistance. She is responsible for researching and writing NASFAA training materials and webinars, updating NASFAA publications, and responding to technical questions regarding regulatory issues posed by NASFAA members.

NASFAA is also excited to have John View, Director of Financial Aid at State University of New York Environmental Science/Forestry College as a guest lecturer during one of the live classes! Please stay tuned for the date and time he will be presenting live to the class.   

Cancellation Policy

We limit our online class size to ensure that we provide an effective, collaborative learning environment where participants receive experience and attention they need. Requests to cancel must be sent to  

By submitting your registration, you agree to the following cancellation schedule:  

  • $25 cancellation fee before January 31 
  • $50 cancellation fee February 1-3  

If you do not cancel by 6:00 am ET February 3, you will be responsible for the full amount of the registration fee. Medical emergencies will be re-scheduled to another available course with a doctor’s note. 

Over 350 Credentials Have Been Earned Through NASFAA University; Find Out How To Earn Yours

To date, there have been 366 NASFAA professional credentials earned by 226 people across 9 subjects. Each person had to demonstrate knowledge in a specific financial aid subject area and pass the respective test with a 90 percent to earn their credential. Check out our list of credential earners and join your peers in earning professional credentials. Once you’ve earned yours, you can add it to your resume in NASFAA's Career Center and narrow down your job search to positions that are looking for applicants with NASFAA Credentials.