Resources for Counselors

As a secondary school counselor or mentor, you are frequently the first person a student turns to for advice about financial aid for postsecondary education, and your support can make all the difference. We are committed to partnering with you to help your students in every way possible.

Connect with Colleagues - Speaker Mentor Directory

Over 200 NASFAA members have signed up to volunteer as mentors for new aid administrators, mentors to high school guidance counselors, or speakers for financial aid using the Speaker Mentor Directory. Connect with a colleague to get invaluable advice, invite one to speak at your school or institution, and learn from the NASFAA community.

NASFAA’s online Speaker Mentor Directory allows NASFAA members to search by name, state, keyword or region to help find a volunteer in your local area. To offer your own services, simply log in to your myNASFAA profile, scroll down to click “Edit,” navigate to the Demographic Information tab, and scroll down to the “Speaker/Mentor Directory Listing.” Once you complete your profile, you can update it any time.

Counseling Tools

We provide a Financial Aid Night event kit (members only), including a slide show, presenter's guide, participant handouts, and guide to planning a successful event. 

The U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Center provides a user-friendly and comprehensive look at college costs, but the data are limited and could be misinterpreted without the proper context. To ensure the information is useful and not misinterpreted, follow this guide.

Spanish Language Resources

NASFAA has worked in collaboration with other higher education organizations and The U.S. Department of Education to develop an English-to-Spanish Glossary of Financial Aid Terms and an outreach poster targeted to unaccompanied homeless youth. 

Cómo llenar de la Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes   

Foster Youth and Homeless Students

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) has a number of resources available to help you counsel homeless students. NASFAA works closely with NAEHCY to ensure the accuracy of the financial aid information. Additional information has been compiled in this Casey Foundation resource: Improving Higher Education Outcomes for Young Adults in Foster Care.

Other Special Circumstances 

For students in other unique situations, see our tip sheets on working with students in special circumstances.

Professional Development Opportunities

  • NASFAA is a co-sponsor of the National Training for Counselors and Mentors program, which provides free counselor training and resources about student financial aid.
  • The NASFAA Membership Directory (for members only) can help you connect your students to the financial aid professionals on campus who can answer their questions.
  • NASFAA is a partner in the Pathways to College Network, which offers research-based policies, practices, and resources for improving college readiness and success. You can learn how to organize successful college access marketing and outreach campaigns; find model programs and practices that can be replicated or scaled up; and more.

For information on joining NASFAA, please contact Membership Services or visit the information page for Associate Members.

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