NASFAA Certified Financial Aid Administrator

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is excited to announce the Certified Financial Aid Administrator (CFAA) program, beginning in 2019–2020.

CFAA AnnouncementYour Voice Has Been Heard

Financial aid professionals have long sought accreditation and it's finally here. Our newly approved certification program will provide financial aid administrators professional development opportunities that aim to:

  • Advance and elevate the profession
  • Inspire quality job performance
  • Create a competitive edge

Be One of the First to Earn a CFAA

Financial aid administrators like you have always worked diligently to protect the integrity of student aid programs. The CFAA recognizes the integral role you play in an educational institution's overall success and provides credibility to help you get ahead.

  • Increased opportunity for career growth
  • Validation of competencies essential to effective financial aid administration
  • National recognition via industry assessment

Complement Your Expertise for a Competitive Edge

The CFAA will bring a valuable benchmark to our community, providing the foundation for continued professional development and career growth. Designed to complement your on-the-job expertise, this voluntary certification is offered exclusively to financial aid administrators at colleges and universities across the country.

CFAA GraphicQualifying Criteria for Candidacy

Combination of:

  • Education (bachelor's degree or higher)
  • Examination (pass comprehensive certification exam)
  • Ethics (self-certify; acknowledge agreement to abide by NASFAA's Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct)
  • Experience (have worked as a financial aid administrator for at least 1 year, minimum,
    depending on pathway; experience with a range of Title IV programs; NASFAA credentials)

Multiple pathways*:

  • BA degree + exam + ethics + 5 years' experience
  • BA degree + exam + ethics + 3 years' experience + 7 NASFAA credentials
  • BA degree + exam + ethics + 1 year's experience + 12 NASFAA credentials

*Pathway requirements will be finalized prior to launch.

We're Committed to Helping You Succeed

Why are we offering a certification program? Because we believe in the knowledge and expertise of student financial aid administrators — and we're here to help you succeed.
We currently offer 17 credentials that measure a candidate's topical competency. Since their inception in 2012, these credentials have grown in popularity, with more than 15,000 conferred. The CFAA program is the next natural step in our efforts to further the careers of people like you — financial aid professionals across the country.

Additional Professional Development Opportunities Coming Soon

NASFAA is proud to launch the Certified Financial Aid Administrator (CFAA) program during summer 2019. Please fill out this form if you are interested in learning more about the certification. Stay tuned to Today's News to learn more about the CFAA program and find out how you can get involved or be one of the first to become a Certified Financial Aid Administrator. You can also review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page to learn more.

Interest Form| CFAA FAQs

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