Verification 2019-20

NU - Online Course IconStart Date: October 15, 2018
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $299 per registrant (members and non-members)



With a focus on the 2019-20 processing year, this course concentrates on the principles of verification, information subject to verification, acceptable documentation, processing data corrections, how to verify applicant files in accordance with Title IV verification requirements, and options for institutional verification. It is the perfect collaborative learning tool for new and intermediate level financial aid professionals and has been designed with the necessary tools, equipment and subject matter expertise to guide you through the process.

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1 - Understanding Who and What Must Be Verified
  • Lesson 2 - Acceptable Verification Documentation
  • Lesson 3 - Verification Corrections, Updates, and Professional Judgment Adjustments
  • Lesson 4 - Verification Status Codes, Interim Disbursements, Timeframe, and Policies and Procedures

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 
10/15/18 2:00 pm ET Intro Session and Lesson 1 Instruction
10/18/18 4:00 pm ET Application Session
10/22/18 2:00 pm ET Lesson 1 Review and Lesson 2 Instruction
10/25/18 4:00 pm ET Application Session
10/29/18 2:00 pm ET Lesson 2 Review and Lesson 3 Instruction
11/01/18 4:00 pm ET Application Session
11/05/18 2:00 pm ET Lesson 3 Review and Lesson 4 Instruction
11/08/18 4:00 pm ET Application Session
11/13/18 2:00 pm ET Lesson 4 Review*
    (*Please note this is a Tuesday session due to federal holiday.)

Credential Test Access

Complimentary access to the credential test is provided after successfully completing and passing the course. 

Course Instructors

Michael KutcherMichael Kutcher is an instructor with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. He has specialized in training financial aid counselors in the fundamentals of Title IV financial aid for the past six years. Prior to joining NASFAA in 2015, Michael was an Assistant Director of Student Services and Outreach with the University of Maryland University College. He was responsible for supervising a team of financial aid counselors, developing business processing guides, and presenting training seminars on new rules and regulations published by the Department of Education.

David FutrellDavid Futrell is the AskRegs and Knowledgebase Manager at NASFAA. David began his career in financial aid in 1991 as a graduate assistant at The College of William and Mary, where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Since 2000, he has been with NASFAA providing training and regulatory assistance to financial aid colleagues. His training experience includes in-person classroom training, online facilitated instruction, webinars, and Web-based course design. He has also served as a nonfederal trainer with the U.S. Department of Education. Before joining NASFAA, he served as Assistant Director of Financial Aid at The University of Vermont and both Associate and Acting Director of Financial Aid at American University.

Alexis MoynahanAlexis Moynahan is the Associate Director of Financial Aid Systems at University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Beginning as a financial aid counselor in 2006, she has gained experience in assisting students from completing the FAFSA to helping them navigate through their responsibilities of receiving Title IV aid. She has trained fellow counselors, developed training materials, and reviewed policies and procedures within the Financial Aid Office to ensure compliance with regulations related to administering Title IV funds. Accepting the position as Assistant Director of Quality Assurance in 2012, she helped to build the Quality Assurance program within the Financial Aid Office that included the areas of Verification and Return of Title IV funds. Recently accepting the position of Associate Director of Financial Aid Systems she has been able to further apply her knowledge, skills and experience to the inner workings of administering financial aid. She is very excited to be a part of NASFAA U and is looking forward to working with all of you!

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 tset 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 October 11, 2018
  • $50 cancellation fee October 11 - October 14, 2018

If you do not cancel by 6:00 am ET October 15, 2018, 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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