Road Map to Involvement
Enhance your professional development by charting a path
to involvement in financial aid associations at the state, regional,
and national levels.
How Do I Get Involved?
- Start with your state association and build your skills towards
regional and national associations.
- Participate in state, regional, and national conferences and
- Respond to surveys to help your association collect useful
- Network with peers: seek the assistance of a role model or
mentor, meet your colleagues at other institutions, exchange ideas, and
- Determine your areas of interest and expertise; and examine the
organization of the associations (state, regional, and national) to see
where you might best contribute.
- Contact your state association president and other officers to
express your interest and commitment. Ask how you can help!
you don't have time for a very involved assignment, volunteer for small
projects like assisting at a conference registration desk, or writing an
article for the state or regional newsletter. These efforts are very
How Do I Avoid Roadblocks?
- Understand your responsibilities, the time commitment involved, and
any expenses to you or your institution before you accept a volunteer
- Secure your employer's approval and your family's support.
- Periodically update your employer on your activities within the
- Incorporate meeting dates in your schedule early and plan to
attend all of them.
- Be dependable; follow through completely and promptly with all
- If you're not selected at first, continue to direct your energy
towards positive action and keep trying; sometimes the current focus of
activities doesn't align with your skill set, but that changes over
How Can I Become A Leader?
- Ask for advice or resources from colleagues, either on campus or
within the financial aid community.
- Follow the examples of your role models or mentors.
- Help plan state and regional conferences; lead workshops or a
training session; serve as a newsletter editor; chair a committee chair;
or run for a state or regional office.
I Did It! What's Next?
- Assess what you've achieved, and evaluate what you've learned.
- Celebrate your accomplishments and recognize areas where you
- Share your success with others. Be a mentor or role model.
- Extend a hand to others who are just starting and provide
opportunities for them to participate.
- Review your goals, interests, commitments and available time.
- In planning what to do next, re-examine your commitments. Is it
time to release some activities and move to others? There is so much
you can do!