Overview of the Financial Aid Programs

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Class starts: February 2, 2016

Cost: $199 per registrant (members and non-members).


This course introduces learners to basic financial aid concepts, categories and types of financial aid, the Title IV aid programs, and other federal sources of assistance to students in an accelerated format. Presentations, discussion topics, and quizzes will help participants understand how basic financial aid concepts interact and the importance of the various aid programs to their institutions. The Overview course is not only an effective training tool for new financial aid staff, it also offers your institution's non-financial aid staff a basic understanding of financial aid programs and requirements. NASFAA does not offer a credential for the Overview of the Financial Aid Programs course; however, this course provides an excellent foundation for advancement to additional courses that lead to a credential.

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.  

As a participant of this course you will be asked to: 

  • Review educational presentations
  • Complete learning assignments and quizzes
  • Participate in online discussions
  • Collaborate with other financial aid administrators  


Week 1 

    • Academic Year
    • Cost of Attendance
    • Expected Family Contribution
    • Financial Need
    • FAFSA
    • Enrollment Status
    • Need-Based vs. Non Need-Based Aid 

Week 2 

    • Title IV Grant Programs
    • Perkins Loans
    • Direct Loans
    • Borrower Eligibility
    • Annual/Aggregate Limits
    • Federal Work-Study Program

Week 3 

    • State Aid
    • AmeriCorps
    • Assistance for Veterans
    • Student Assistance for Health Professionals  
Course Lesson Video Example
Below is an example of one of the weekly lesson videos made available to attendees of the course. In addition to the live weekly classes, discussion forums, weekly lessons, self-assessments, and reading material that is provided to the attendee - these streaming videos are an integral part of the content delivery and allow attendees to view presentations anytime they choose to view them. 

Course Instructors

Tiffany GibbsTiffany Gibbs is a Training Specialist at NASFAA. Her job duties include researching regulatory questions and developing training materials for NASFAA members. One area of professional interest includes satisfactory academic progress. Prior to her work with NASFAA, Tiffany worked in the financial aid office at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Her experience with the UMBC financial aid office was broad, including counseling, file processing, ISIR importing, award packaging, COD reporting and professional judgment. In addition, she was the functional lead for the office's transition to document imaging and developed training materials and trained staff on the transition.

Amanda SharpAmanda Sharp is a Training Specialist at NASFAA. She received both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of North Alabama. Amanda spent sixteen years in commercial and mortgage banking. Later she served as a secondary education teacher in the public school system. Amanda began her career in financial aid in 2007 at the University of North Alabama, serving as the Associate Director of Student Financial Services. Amanda joined NASFAA in 2013. Her primary responsibilities at NASFAA involve updating NASFAA publications, researching and writing NASFAA training materials and webinars, instructing facilitated online courses, and responding to technical questions regarding regulatory issues through NASFAA’s AskRegs program. Amanda telecommutes from Florence, Alabama.

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 nasfaa-u@nasfaa.org.

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

  • $25 cancellation fee before January 30, 2016
  • $50 cancellation fee Jan. 30- Feb. 1, 2016 

If you do not cancel by 6:00 am ET February 2, 2016, 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.

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