Federal Methodology

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Class starts: January 26, 2015

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

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This course focuses on the calculation of a student's expected family contribution (EFC), and includes educational lessons on the regular and simplified formulas as well as recalculations. This course will help you clearly explain to your students how their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is determined. Presentations, discussion topics, and homework assignments reinforce key course concepts. 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 held one night per week at 6pm ET (schedule to be released soon). 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 these live classes, we do encourage attendance to due to the highly collaborative nature of the courses.

As a participant of this course you will be asked to:

  • Review educational presentations
  • Complete learning assignments and quizzes
  • Participate in online discussions
  • Collaborate with other financial aid administrators 

Course Facilitators

Amanda SharpAmanda Sharp is a native of Florence, Alabama. She received both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of North Alabama. Amanda spent sixteen years in commercial and mortgage banking. Later she served as a secondary education teacher in the public school system. Amanda began her career in financial aid in 2007 at the University of North Alabama, serving as the Associate Director of Student Financial Services.Amanda joined NASFAA in 2013. Her primary responsibilities at NASFAA involve updating NASFAA publications, researching and writing NASFAA training materials and webinars, instructing facilitated online courses, and responding to technical questions regarding regulatory issues through NASFAA’s AskRegs program. Amanda telecommutes from Florence, Alabama.

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 nasfaa-u@nasfaa.org.

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

  • $25 cancellation fee before January 23
  • $50 cancellation fee January 24 - 25 

If you do not cancel by 6:00 am ET January 26, 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.

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