Nontraditional Calendars and Programs: The Title IV Implications

NU - Online Course IconStart Date: April 30, 2019
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $199 per registrant (members and non-members)

Note: There is no credential test available for this topic.

Registration for this course is now closed.

This course covers the building blocks of Title IV program eligibility. Most financial aid administrators understand FAFSA processes, satisfactory academic progress (SAP), and enrollment information as components to determine student eligibility. But concepts such as academic year, payment periods, and program structure are sometimes misunderstood or even misapplied. Emerging academic program structures test the traditional basis of determining program eligibility and packaging students. Maintain confidence in compliance by completing this course.

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1: Program Structure Fundamentals
  • Lesson 2: Implications of Nontraditional Formats on Program Eligibility
  • Lesson 3: Implications of Nontraditional Formats on Packaging Title IV Aid
  • Lesson 4: Program Participation Agreement and Campus Communication

Course Structure

This course utilizes multiple teaching and learning methods to ensure participants develop a true understanding of the material. Live instruction, reading assignments, discussion forums, and assessments will reinforce key course concepts. 

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

  • Review educational video lessons
  • Complete learning assessments
  • Engage in online discussions
  • Collaborate with other financial administrators 

Weekly due dates for assessments are included in the course syllabus, and all assessments must be submitted by the course end date. The live instruction classes last approximately one hour and are recorded for on-demand viewing by the course attendee. While attendance in the live sessions is optional, we do encourage you to attend due to the collaborative nature of the courses. Please see the Get-Together schedule below for this course (subject to change at the discretion of the course instructors).

Live Instruction Schedule

Date Time Session 
04/30/19 2:00 pm ET Intro Session and Lesson 1 Instruction
05/02/19 4:00 pm ET Application Session
05/07/19 2:00 pm ET Lesson 1 Review and Lesson 2 Instruction
05/09/19 4:00 pm ET Application Session
05/14/19 2:00 pm ET Lesson 2 Review and Lesson 3 Instruction
05/16/19 4:00 pm ET Application Session
05/21/19 2:00 pm ET Lesson 3 Review and Lesson 4 Instruction
05/23/19 4:00 pm ET Application Session
05/29/19 2:00 pm ET Lesson 4 Review*
    (*Last class is on a Wednesday due to a federal holiday) 

Credential Test Access

NASFAA does not offer a credential for this topic; however, this course provides an excellent foundation for advancement to additional courses that lead to a credential.

Course Instructors

David TolmanDavid Tolman has been in the financial aid field since 1992. Like many financial aid administrators, he thought his first financial aid job would just be a temporary thing. Prior to joining NASFAA, David had worked in many positions in the financial aid office, including Director. He also taught Principles of Microeconomics courses when his schedule allowed. As an Instructional Design and Content Specialist at NASFAA, David is able to combine his experience in financial aid and his love of teaching and training. His education includes a Master's degree from Arizona State University and a Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University. David lives with his family in Boise, Idaho.

Amanda SharpAmanda Sharp is the Online Training & Instruction Manager at NASFAA. Amanda joined NASFAA in 2013 where her primary responsibilities involve the management of NASFAA's online training instruction programs including NASFAA webinars and NASFAA U online courses. She also takes part in updating NASFAA publications, researching and writing NASFAA training materials and webinars, presenting at conferences, instructing facilitated online courses, and responding to technical questions regarding regulatory issues through NASFAA's AskRegs program.

Joe MassmanJoe Massman is a Regulatory Specialist with NASFAA. He began his career in financial aid in 2004 at Montana State University Billings, subsequently serving in various roles at the University of Northern Colorado, Westwood College, and Red Rocks Community College. Before joining us in 2018, Joe served eight years at the U.S. Department of Education, with three years as an Institutional Review Specialist, and five years as a Training Officer. Joe holds a bachelor's degree from Montana State University Billings, and he holds a master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado. When he's not talking about financial aid, music is also an important part of Joe's life, and he performs in operas, choirs, and other professional musical engagements.

NASFAA U Course Policies

Attendance Requirements and Due Dates

While there is flexibility built into our online courses to accommodate busy work and life schedules, our courses have weekly due dates, and all assessments must be submitted by the course end date. These due dates will be available in the syllabus, which becomes available on the first day of the course. 

We also strongly encourage participation in the live instruction sessions, but archives will be available for on-demand viewing. 

Technical Requirements

Your online course will be fully browser-based. We strongly recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox as your internet browser for the live instruction meetings. Internet Explorer will not function correctly. The audio portion of online courses will be delivered directly through your computer's speakers or attached headphones. We recommend you test your computer's ability to stream audio prior to joining the first live session. We encourage you to have a microphone set up so you can participate in our live instruction sessions, although it is not required. 


If you require any special accommodations for this course, please contact us at Accommodations must be requested at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.


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

  • $25 cancellation fee before April 26, 2019
  • $50 cancellation fee April 26 - April 29, 2019

If you do not cancel by 6:00 am ET April 30, 2019, 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.

Requests to cancel must be sent to

Additional Questions

For additional questions, please review the helpful guide of Online Course Frequently Asked Questions.

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