Professional Judgment

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Cost: $299 per registrant (members and non-members)

This course introduces participants to professional judgment, including circumstances for which a financial aid administrator may exercise it, documentation requirements, recalculating a student’s financial need, and adjusting financial aid. This 100% online course is a perfect collaborative learning tool for advanced financial aid professionals, and has been designed with the necessary tools, equipment and subject matter expertise to aid you through the four-week process. A credential is provided after successfully completing and passing the credential test, which is available at the conclusion of the course and included in your course fee.  

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.


  • Lesson 1 – Introduction and Overview of Professional Judgment Authority 
  • Lesson 2 – Using Professional Judgment in Need Analysis
  • Lesson 3 – Using Professional Judgment in Originating Direct Loans
  • Lesson 4 – Using Professional Judgment in Satisfactory Academic Progress