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Leverage Online Training to Earn Recertification Points
June 4, 2020 - Certified Financial Aid Administrators® need to earn at least 60 recertification points (RPs) every three years. With so many in-person conferences and workshops cancelled or deferred this year, it's not too early to strategize how you will achieve this goal. Explore online training options, including programs offered by state and regional associations, and NASFAA's new 2020 Summer Training Series. Review the full list of approved recertification activities in Appendix B of the Candidate Handbook. If we can help as you develop the strategy that's right for you, let us know.

Seats Still Available in Current Testing Window
June 2, 2020 - You still have time to take the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® knowledge exam during the current testing window, open through Monday, June 15, 2020. If your application is already approved, your next step is to purchase the exam and schedule your session online. Additional testing windows have been announced, but be careful not to let your one-year eligibility period expire! Check your personal certification dashboard to confirm that date. If you haven't applied yet, complete your application online today. Learn more about the testing process and make sure you meet all of the technical requirements.

The Next Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Testing Window Opens Next Week
May 26, 2020 - Have you scheduled your knowledge exam yet? Exam dates and times are filling up, so be sure to schedule your exam session soon. The upcoming testing window is open from June 1-15, 2020. The next available testing window will open in July. Learn more about the testing process and make sure you meet all of the technical requirements. If you haven't already applied, it's not too late to complete your application online.

How Do NASFAA Professional Credentials And The Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Designation Compare?
May 22, 2020 - Both programs — NASFAA Professional Credentials and the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) — are excellent professional development opportunities for financial aid administrators. Earning credentials is a great way to build a portfolio of demonstrated knowledge in specialized topics, such as verification and consumer information. Achieving NASFAA's certified FAA designation affirms sufficient general knowledge across multiple subject areas to perform competently in Title IV financial aid administration. Certified FAAs also formally commit to the ethical behavior and continued learning that are hallmarks of this profession. The best part? Credentials can be a pathway to the certification, and a means of maintaining the designation. Read this article with comments from credentialed aid administrators. Let us know if we can help you identify the opportunity that's right for you.

How Will You Prepare for the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Exam?
May 20, 2020 - The best preparation is your on-the-job experience in Title IV aid administration — ideally, combined with some formal training. To prepare for this exam, use a two-part strategy: know what to expect, and review what you know. Learn more about the testing process and the testing requirements. Identify a quiet, private place where you can take the exam comfortably, and test your setup well before your scheduled exam session. Next, evaluate the Exam Content Outline in the handbook. Focus your review on content areas where you feel less confident, using the Core Resources List in the handbook. For more tips, read this article and register for this free, on-demand webinar to hear from your peers about how they prepared for the exam, what the testing experience was like, and why they believe this designation is worth it.

Two Weeks Until the Next Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Testing Window Opens
May 18, 2020 - Ready to get certified? The next testing window opens Monday, June 1, 2020. This is the last testing opportunity of the 2019-20 year. If your application has already been approved, purchase the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Knowledge Exam and schedule your session online before your one-year eligibility period expires. Check your personal dashboard to confirm that date. If you haven't applied yet, complete your application online today. Learn more about the testing process and make sure you meet all of the technical requirements.

Take Advantage of Cost Savings in the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Program
May 15, 2020 - Are you considering NASFAA's Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Program? Not sure you're ready to take the exam just yet? Apply now to take advantage of the $50 application fee waiver in effect through June 30, 2020. As long as you're approved before this waiver expires, you will have an entire year to take the exam, so don't wait to apply. Check your eligibility using our free interactive tool. Then grab your resume and apply online. Begin your journey toward certification today!

Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Candidates, Don’t Let Your Exam Eligibility Period Expire
May 13, 2020 - Have you already applied and been approved to sit for the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Program knowledge exam? Be sure to take advantage of your free application before your one-year exam eligibility period expires! Purchase the exam and schedule your session online. The next testing window opens June 1, 2020, which is quickly approaching. If you haven't applied yet, complete your application online today. Learn more about the testing process and make sure you meet all of the technical requirements.

Available On-Demand: Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Knowledge Exam Webinar
May 11, 2020 - If you were unable to join us for the April 30, 2020 webinar, Straight Talk About the Exam, register today to view the on-demand webinar and access the handout. The panelists provided insight about their exam experience, and shared their own advice for how to prepare. If you attended the live event, you can still use your registration link to access the on-demand event.

NASFAA Congratulates the Newest Cohort of Certified Financial Aid Administrators®
April 22, 2020 - The Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Commission — an independent certifying body of NASFAA — certified an additional 17 financial aid administrators this April. So far, 153 financial aid professionals have earned this designation since the launch of the program in June 2019. This designation recognizes the knowledge, experience, and dedication to ethical behavior that are the hallmarks of the financial aid profession. View the registry and check out the new national map to see how your region and state compares. Check to see if you are eligible to pursue certification using our free, interactive tool.

NASFAA Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Program: Straight Talk About the Exam
April 16, 2020 - NASFAA is hosting a webinar on April 30, 2020 to discuss the Certified Financial Aid Administrator®  Program knowledge exam. Hear straight talk from two panelists who have gone through the process and earned the designation. Daniel Barkowitz and Christina Tangalakis will share why they pursued certification, what the testing experience was like, how they prepared for the exam, and how they believe the designation will benefit them in the future. Register online for this free, 60-minute webinar.

One Week Left in the Current Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Testing Window
April 13, 2020 - Ready to become certified? You still have time to take the knowledge exam during the current testing window, which is open now through Monday, April 20, 2020. If your application is already approved, your next step is to purchase the exam and schedule your session online. There is only one testing window left during the inaugural year of this program, in June. Additional testing windows have been announced, but be careful not to let your one-year eligibility period expire! Check your personal certification Dashboard to confirm that date. If you haven't applied yet, complete your application online today. Learn more about the testing process and make sure you meet all of the technical requirements.

Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Candidates, Don’t Let Your Exam Eligibility Period Expire
April 7, 2020 - Have you already applied and been approved to sit for the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Program knowledge exam? Be sure to take advantage of your free application before your exam eligibility period expires. Purchase the exam and schedule your session online. There are still dates and times available during the current testing window, which is open through Monday, April 20, 2020. If you haven't applied yet, complete your application online today. Learn more about the testing process and make sure you meet all of the technical requirements.

The Next Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Testing Window Opens Next Week
March 31, 2020 - Have you scheduled your knowledge exam yet? Exam dates and times are filling up, so be sure to schedule your exam session soon. The upcoming testing window is open from April 6-20, 2020. The next available testing window will open in June. Learn more about the testing process and make sure you meet all of the technical requirements. If you haven’t already applied, it’s not too late to complete your application online.

March 26, 2020 - Mark your calendar! NASFAA is hosting a new webinar on April 30 to discuss the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Program knowledge exam. Hear straight talk from two panelists who have gone through the process and earned the designation. Daniel Barkowitz and Christina Tangalakis will share why they pursued certification, what the testing experience was like, how they prepared for the exam, and how they believe the designation will benefit them in the future. Register online for this free, 60-minute webinar.

Apply Today to Sit for the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Knowledge Exam
March 18, 2020 - Take the first step toward professional certification by determining your eligibility for the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Program using the CFAA Interactive Tool. If you meet the requirements, apply online to sit for the Knowledge Exam. The exam will be administered online and utilize remote proctors to ensure exam security. Learn more about the testing process and make sure you meet all of the technical requirements. The next testing window is April 6-20, 2020, so apply today and begin preparing!

Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Commission Updates
March 13, 2020 - NASFAA is pleased to announce the election of Shannon Crossland as 2020-21 Chair-Elect of the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Commission. Shannon, senior director of student financial aid and scholarships at Texas Tech University, will serve for the next three years as one of the elected officers of the commission, effective July 1, 2020. Christina Tangalakis, associate dean of student financial aid services at Glendale Community College, will continue to serve as a Commissioner-At-Large for 2020-21. Both contribute valuable knowledge, perspective, and experience to the commission on behalf of the financial aid community.

New Testing Windows Announced for Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Knowledge Exam
March 10, 2020 - NASFAA is pleased to announce the 2020-21 testing windows for the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Knowledge Exam. The exam is remotely proctored, so candidates must schedule a date and time to sit for the exam within an available testing window. If your application has already been approved, make sure to purchase the exam and schedule your session online before your one-year eligibility period expires. Check your personal Dashboard to confirm that date. If you haven't applied for this program yet, you can check your eligibility and complete your application online today. Learn more about the testing process and make sure you meet all of the technical requirements. The next testing window opens on April 6, 2020.

Take Advantage of Cost Savings for the Certified Financial Aid Administrators® Program
March 2, 2020 - Take advantage of the waived $50 application fee by submitting your Certified Financial Aid Administrators® (CFAA) application on or before June 30, 2020. After your application is reviewed and approved, you will have one year to sit for the CFAA Exam, so don't wait to apply! Prior to applying, check your eligibility using the free CFAA Interactive Tool. If you're eligible, you will need to have your up-to-date resume available, which is a required part of the CFAA application. Begin your journey toward certification today!

NASFAA Congratulates the Newest Cohort of Certified Financial Aid Administrators® (CFAA)
February 26, 2020 - The Certified Financial Aid Administrators® (CFAA) Commission — an independent certifying body of NASFAA — certified an additional 23 CFAAs this February. Since the launch of the program in June 2019, 136 financial aid professionals have earned this designation. This designation recognizes the knowledge, experience, and dedication to ethical behavior that are the hallmarks of the financial aid profession. You can join your peers on the CFAA Registry! Check to see if you are eligible to pursue certification using our free, interactive tool.

One Week Left in the Current Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Testing Window
February 18, 2020 - Ready to become a CFAA? You still have time to take the CFAA Exam during the current testing window, which is open through Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. There are only two testing windows left during the inaugural year of this program, in April and June. If your application has already been approved, make sure to purchase the exam and schedule your session online before your one-year eligibility period expires. Check your personal CFAA Dashboard to confirm that date. If you haven't applied yet, complete your CFAA application online today. Learn more about the testing process and make sure you meet all of the technical requirements.

Certified Financial Aid Administrators® (CFAAs) Share Advice on How to Prepare for the CFAA Exam
February 12, 2020 - One of the most common questions asked about the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Program is how to prepare for the CFAA Exam. During a recent webinar that aired in January, a panel of four CFAAs shared how they prepared for the exam and what the testing experience entailed. The recording of the webinar is free to watch and available to everyone — simply register online. You can also review the topics covered on the exam within the Candidate Handbook on pages 8-13. You may be surprised to find that your professional experiences have taught you more than you may think!

It's Not Too Late to Schedule Your Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Exam During the February Testing Window
February 10, 2020 - There are still dates and times available to sit for the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Exam! The current testing window is open from Feb. 10-24, 2020. If your application has already been approved, you just need to purchase the exam and schedule your session online. If you haven't applied yet, complete your CFAA application online today. Learn more about the testing process and make sure you meet all of the technical requirements.

Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Testing Window Opens in One Week!
February 3, 2020 - Have you scheduled your CFAA exam yet? Exam dates and times are filling up, so be sure to schedule your exam session soon. The upcoming testing window is open from Feb. 10-24, 2020. The next available testing window will open in April. Learn more about the testing process and make sure you meet all of the technical requirements. If you haven't already applied, it's not too late to complete your CFAA Application online.

Apply Today to Sit for the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Exam
January 30, 2020 - Take the first step toward professional certification by determining your eligibility for the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Program, using the CFAA Interactive Tool. If you meet the requirements, apply online to sit for the CFAA Exam. The exam will be administered online and will utilize remote proctors to ensure security. Learn more about the testing process and make sure you meet all of the technical requirements. The next testing window is February 10-24, 2020, so apply today and begin preparing!

Newly Certified Financial Aid Administrator: 'Do it Even if it Scares You'
January 29, 2020 - As a veteran financial aid professional with nearly three decades of experience, you might not think anything could intimidate Brenda Hicks, director of financial aid at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. But there was one challenge in front of her that she said "scared me to death" — pursuing certification through NASFAA's Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Program. But her fears were exactly why she went through with it and joined the more than 110 other CFAAs who have successfully passed the exam as of January 2020.

Available On-Demand: Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Webinar
January 28, 2020 - If you were unable to join us for the January 16 webinar, NASFAA CFAA Program: Insights from Certified Financial Aid Administrators®, you can still tune in for the on-demand webinar. You'll have full access to the webinar archive and handout. If you attended the live event, you can still use your registration link to access the on-demand event. Register today.

Join us for the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Webinar
January 15, 2020 - Have you registered for tomorrow's Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Program webinar? Join us to gain insights from a panel of CFAAs who will share why they pursued certification, what the testing experience was like, and how they believe the designation will benefit them in the future. Ask questions you have about the certification during the live Q&A segment. Register online for this free, 60-minute webinar airing at 2:00 p.m. ET on Jan. 16, 2020.

NASFAA Congratulates the Newest Cohort of Certified Financial Aid Administrators® (CFAAs)
January 3, 2020 - The Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Commission — an independent certifying body of NASFAA — certified an additional 13 CFAAs this December. Since the launch of the program in June 2019, 113 financial aid professionals have earned this designation. You can join your peers on the CFAA Registry! Check to see if you are eligible to pursue certification using our free, interactive tool.

Apply Today to Sit for the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Exam
November 13, 2019 - Take the first step towards professional certification by determining your eligibility for the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Program using the CFAA Interactive Tool. If you meet the requirements, apply online to sit for the CFAA Exam. The CFAA Exam will be administered online and utilize remote proctors to ensure exam security. Learn more about the testing process and make sure you meet all of the technical requirements. The next testing window is December 9-23, so apply today and begin preparing!

NASFAA Congratulates the Newest Cohort of Certified Financial Aid Administrators® (CFAAs)
October 24, 2019 - The Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Program Commission — an independent certifying body of NASFAA — certified an additional 25 CFAAs this October. Since the launch of the program in June 2019, 100 financial aid professionals have earned this designation. You can join your peers on the CFAA Registry! Check to see if you are eligible to pursue certification using our free, interactive tool.

Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Testing Window Opens in Five Days!
October 2, 2019 - Have you scheduled your CFAA exam yet? Exam dates and times are filling up, so be sure to schedule your exam session soon. The upcoming testing window is open from Oct. 7–21, 2019. The next available testing window will open in December. Learn more about the testing process and make sure you meet all of the technical requirements. If you haven't already applied, it's not too late to complete your CFAA Application online

Take Advantage of the Waived Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Application Fee!
September 16, 2019 - Are you ready to get certified? As an introductory perk, NASFAA is waiving the $50 application fee for applications received through June 30, 2020. The CFAA application determines your eligibility to sit for the CFAA Exam. Prior to completing the application, check out the CFAA Interactive Tool to make sure you meet the eligibility requirements. For more information, explore the answers to CFAA Program FAQs or reach out to us at certification@nasfaa.org.

Christina Tangalakis Joins Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Commission
September 9, 2019 - NASFAA is pleased to announce the appointment of Christina Tangalakis, Ed.D., M.A., M.Ed., CFAA to the Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Commission as one of two commissioners-at-large. Christina is the associate dean of student financial aid services at Glendale Community College in California, and currently serves CASFAA members as the segmental representative for community colleges. With more than 16 years of experience in financial aid administration at several public and private colleges and universities, Christina's commitment to standards of excellence and lifelong learning will lend valuable perspective to the work of the CFAA Commission on behalf of the financial aid community.

Justify Your Pursuit of NASFAA's Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Designation
September 5, 2019 - Are you interested in becoming a CFAA, or do you know someone who would be a good candidate? The CFAA designation helps validate the professionalism, competency, and credibility that are demonstrated by financial aid administrators across the country every day. To begin your path toward certification, first use the CFAA Interactive Tool to determine your eligibility. Next, get your supervisor and/or senior leadership on board by downloading and customizing our CFAA Justification Letter. Then, apply to sit for the CFAA exam! Have more questions? Check out the CFAA FAQs webpage for answers.

Check Your Eligibility to Take the CFAA Exam Using NASFAA's New Interactive Tool
July 8, 2019 - Are you wondering whether you qualify to become a Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA)? Without paying a fee and without obligation, you can check your eligibility to take the CFAA Exam during an upcoming testing window. If you decide you are ready to apply, simply proceed to the application. As an introductory benefit for those who apply during the first year of the program, NASFAA is waiving the $50 application fee. Check your eligibility today and keep an eye on Today's News for more information about the CFAA Program!

Newly Certified Financial Aid Administrator Offers Insight on the Certification Process
July 3, 2019 - The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators' launch of the new Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Program is already making waves as a boost to the financial aid profession, with 75 individuals recently earning their professional certification in the last several months.

Certification Is Here!
June 25, 2019 - NASFAA is excited to announce the opening of the 2019-20 application cycle for the new Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Program. Check your eligibility and then apply online. Once approved, you will be able to schedule your CFAA Exam for a date and time of your choosing during an upcoming testing window. Prepare for the CFAA Exam using the Exam Content Outline and the resources listed in the Candidate Handbook. As an introductory benefit, NASFAA is waiving the $50 application fee for those who apply during the first year of the program. Apply today to become a CFAA!

NASFAA Launches Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Program
June 24, 2019 - The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) today officially launched its new Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Program, a first-in-the-industry effort that validates the skills and knowledge of financial aid professionals at postsecondary institutions across state, regional, and national levels.

NASFAA Congratulates the First Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Program Cohort
June 20, 2019 - The Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Program Commission—an independent certifying body of NASFAA—conferred the new designation of CFAA for the first time in May 2019. The inaugural group of qualified financial aid administrators passed the CFAA Exam and earned their place on the new Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Registry. Join your peers! Learn more about the CFAA Program by reviewing the Candidate Handbook.

Learning Lounge Spotlight - Show What You Know: NASFAA Credentials and the CFAA
June 14, 2019 - NASFAA now offers topic-focused credentials and general certification as a Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) to help you demonstrate the specialized knowledge you've gained through training and experience. At the NASFAA National Conference, join us in the Learning Lounge on June 26 at 11:50 a.m. to learn more about these programs and explore what the future could hold for you.

Learning Lounge Spotlight: Lead the Way! Become a CFAA!
June 12, 2019 - Wondering what NASFAA's new Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) program is all about? At the NASFAA National Conference, join us in the Learning Lounge on June 25 at 11:40 a.m. or June 26 at 10:00 a.m. to learn what it takes to earn and maintain the CFAA designation. Get ready to take the next step on your own career path as a financial aid professional.

You Could Become a Certified Financial Aid Administrator®!
June 6, 2019 - As a financial aid administrator with knowledge and experience, you contribute to your institution's success and make a difference in your students' lives. You work diligently to protect the integrity of student aid programs as a steward of both taxpayer dollars and your institution's limited resources. You demonstrate your commitment to the highest standards of ethical behavior in all you do. These are hallmarks of the financial aid profession! NASFAA designed the new Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) designation to help you gain the public recognition you deserve. Learn more about how you can become a CFAA.

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