NASFAA University Self-Study Guides

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.

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Self-Study Guides include:

  • Learning objectives 
  • Key concepts
  • Quick quizzes
  • Reflection questions
  • Learning activities

Self-Study Guide Topics 

Choose from nine topics now available in Self-Study Guides, including the newest release, Cost of Attendance.

Preview Self Study GuideOverview 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.

New! Cost of Attendance

Published in February 2014 for the 2013-14 program year. In this informative self-study guide, you will learn the principles and purposes of the student budget construction process, gain an understanding of how to build student budgets (including sources for setting the value of cost components), learn about the various allowable budget components and restrictions for certain categories of students, and become familiar with budget recalculations and the impact of non-Title IV aid on the cost of attendance. The guide includes quizzes, reflection questions, and learning activities, which reinforce the content presented. Completion of this guide qualifies an individual to take the credential test on cost of attendance. Order the Cost of Attendance Self-Study Guide (PDF only).

Campus-Based Programs

Published in December 2013 for the 2013-14 program year. This self-study guide reviews the provisions common to all three of the campus-based programs along with detailed information about the individual programs (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Perkins Loans). The lesson on the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant features a discussion of the selection groups required to award funds, the lesson on the Federal Work-Study Program highlights the community service requirement, and the lesson on the Federal Perkins Loan Program provides detailed information on disclosure and counseling requirements as well as repayment features. Order the Campus-Based Programs Self-Study Guide (PDF only).

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.   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. Order the Direct Loans: Repayment & Counseling Requirements Self-Study Guide (PDF only). 

Need Analysis

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

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. 

Student Eligibility 

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.

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). 

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Self-Study Guide Topics Coming Soon 

  • Federal Pell Grant and IASG - Available May 2014 
  • Consumer Information - Available June 2014