NASFAA University Self-Study Guides
We're pleased to introduce Self-Study Guides as part of NASFAA University. Self-Study Guides are the answer to your training needs. Written for the independent learner, each Self-Study Guide includes multiple lessons with a variety of exercises to reinforce each lesson. You'll do independent study and take quizzes in a traditional paper format (not online). Then you can qualify to take an examination and earn a professional credential. NASFAA University Self-Study Guides are available for purchase in our online store as downloadable PDF documents or printed books.
Self-Study Guides include:
- Learning objectives
- Key concepts
- Quick quizzes
- Reflection questions
- Learning activities
Self-Study Guide Topics
Choose from seven topics now available in Self-Study Guides, including the newest release, Direct Loans Repayment & Counseling Requirements.
Overview of the Financial Aid Programs
Updated in June 2013 for the 2013-14 program year. Introduces the federal student aid programs, providing information on the Title IV programs, state aid, the Health and Human Services (HHS) programs, and other sources of financial assistance. Order the Overview of the Financial Aid Programs Self-Study Guide.
Updated in June 2013 for the 2013-14 program year. Provides an overview of general student eligibility criteria and documentation requirements, acquaints participants with the role of the Central Processing System (CPS), the student eligibility database matches, and the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), as well as how certain educational programs affect student eligibility. Order the Student Eligibility Self-Study Guide.
Return of Title IV Funds
Updated in June 2013 for the 2013-14 program year. Gives an overview of the provisions and examines how to handle a student's Title IV funds when they withdraw from school before completing the payment period or period of enrollment. In addition, the guide teaches you how to properly identify a Title IV recipient and the formula associated with the return of Title IV funds. Order the Return of Title IV Funds Self-Study Guide.
Updated in August 2013 for the 2013-14 program year. Can you clearly explain to your students how their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is determined? The Need Analysis Self-Study Guide reviews the calculation of a student's expected family contribution (EFC), and includes a discussion of the regular and simplified formulas as well as recalculations. Bonus material: Included with this Guide is an optional lesson on institutional methodology, developed in collaboration with the College Board. Order the Need Analysis Self-Study Guide.
Direct Loans: Eligibility & Frequency
Updated October 2013 for the 2013-14 program year. Direct Loans: Eligibility and Frequency covers the fundamentals of the Federal Direct Student Loan (Direct Loan) programs, including loan types, loan features, and borrower eligibility. With this foundation, learners will then gain an understanding of the calculation of loan amounts, including frequency of borrowing, annual and aggregate loan amounts, and proration. The 2013-14 edition illustrates how to implement the new 150 percent limitation on borrowing Direct Subsidized Loans through both instructional text and examples. Guide activities such as quick quizzes, learning activities, and reflection questions reinforce key concepts and enhance the learning process. Individuals who complete this self-study guide must also complete the self-study guide, Direct Loans: Counseling Requirements and Repayment, to qualify to take a credentialing test on Direct Loans. The test is scheduled to be available later this year. Order the Direct Loans: Eligibility & Frequency Self-Study Guide (PDF only).
Direct Loans & FFEL: Repayment & Counseling Requirements
Updated in August 2013 for the 2013-14 program year. Direct Loans & FFEL: Repayment & Counseling Requirements (updated August 2013) introduces the various features of Federal Direct Student Loan (Direct Loan) and Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) repayment, including repayment plans, deferment options, forbearance, and cancellation. The guide also reviews loan forgiveness options, Direct Loan entrance counseling requirements, and exit counseling requirements for both Direct Loan and FFEL borrowers. The 2013-14 edition includes relevant information on the new 150 percent limitation on borrowing Direct Subsidized Loans. Individuals who complete this self-study guide must also complete the other Direct Loans self-study guide, Direct Loans & FFEL: Eligibility & Frequency, before taking the credential test for Direct Loans. The test is scheduled to be available later this year. Order the Direct Loans: Repayment & Counseling Requirements Self-Study Guide (PDF only).
NEW! The Application Process
Published in September 2013 for the 2013-14 program year. The Application Process will help you help students and families through the application process for Title IV aid. Lessons cover the formats of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information needed to complete the FAFSA on the Web (FOTW) Worksheet, application output, and changing application data. Order The Application Process Self-Study Guide (PDF only).
Self-Study Guide Topics Coming Soon
- Cost of Attendance - Available January 2014
- Pell Grant - Available January 2014
- Consumer Information - Available April 2014