Professional Judgment 2013-14

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

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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. Please see the following detailed schedule for the live weekly classes:   

  • Class Meeting 1: 05/21/14 6pm - 7pm ET
  • Class Meeting 2: 05/28/14 6pm - 7pm ET
  • Class Meeting 3: 06/04/14 6pm - 7pm ET
  • Class Meeting 4: 06/11/14 6pm - 7pm ET


  • 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

Important Dates

  • 05/21/14 Class Begins 6am ET -- attendees may sign on 
  • 05/21/14 Class Meeting #1 (Optional Attendance) -- Live/Online 6pm - 7pm ET 
  • 05/27/14 Due - Homework, Weekly Discussions, and Quiz 
  • 05/28/14 Class Meeting #2 (Optional Attendance) -- Live/Online 6pm - 7pm ET 
  • 06/03/14 Due - Weekly Discussions and Quiz 
  • 06/04/14 Class Meeting #3 (Optional Attendance) -- Live/Online 6pm - 7pm ET 
  • 06/10/14 Due - Homework, Weekly Discussions, and Quiz 
  • 06/11/14 Class Meeting #4 (Optional Attendance) -- Live/Online 6pm - 7pm ET 
  • 06/17/14 Due - Weekly Discussions and Quiz 
  • 06/18/14 - 07/01/14 Credential Testing 

Course Facilitators and Guest Lecturer

Eileen Welsh began her career in financial aid in 1971 and has been an administrator at both four-year private and public institutions, primarily in the Chicago area. She has been with NASFAA since 1991 as a Training Specialist for NASFAA’s Training and Regulatory Assistance Department. Her current responsibilities include developing training materials for NASFAA’s Training Track, webinars, and online courses; presenting Training Track sessions at state and regional conferences; and updating NASFAA’s other training products and publications, including CORE, the Self-Evaluation Guide, and the Policies and Procedures Tools.

/uploadedImages/System/Images/Staff_Photos/debralg.jpgDebra La Grone began her career in higher education in 1990 after graduating from the University of Utah. Since then, she held various positions in financial aid offices at the University of Utah, Texas A&M University, Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University –Texarkana. She joined the NASFAA staff in 2011 as a Training Specialist in the Division of Training and Regulatory Assistance. She is responsible for researching and writing NASFAA training materials and webinars, updating NASFAA publications, and responding to technical questions regarding regulatory issues posed by NASFAA members.

Brenda Murtha, Director of Financial Aid, Augustana College, will be serving as adjunct faculty for the duration of this course. NASFAA is also excited to have Pam Fowler, Executive Director, Office of Financial Aid at the University of Michigan as a guest lecturer during one of the live classes! Please stay tuned for the date and time she will be presenting live to the class.   

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  

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

  • $25 cancellation fee before May 16 
  • $50 cancellation fee May 16-21 

If you do not cancel by 6:00 am ET May 21, 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.