NU - Online Course IconStart Date: October 17, 2017
Duration: 4 weeks
Cost: $299 per registrant (members and non-members)


The October 2017 course is sold out; however, seats are still available in the January 2018 course.

With a focus on the 2018-19 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. Complimentary access to the credential test is provided after successfully completing and passing the course.

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

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

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, Policies and Procedures

Course Instructors

David FutrellDavid Futrell 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.  

Mike 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 5 years. Prior to joining NASFAA, 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. Michael currently facilitates online classroom instruction for NASFAA University. He develops and updates training materials, assists with grading homework assignments, and responds to participants’ questions or concerns. He is passionate about teaching others in the financial aid community and helping them achieve their full potential.

Ashley MunroAshley Munro is the Associate Director of Financial Aid at University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has worked in financial aid for 12 years. Her main responsibilities include return of Title IV funds, Veteran Education Benefits, state aid, and professional judgment and verification for the UAF's rural campuses. Training and presenting in financial aid is one of her favorite aspects of the job and she has served on WASFAA's Training Committee and Sister Dale Brown Summer Institute faculty for several years. Ashley is the President-elect of WASFAA.

NASFAA U Course Policies


NASFAA U 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 assessments that must be completed. There are also weekly synchronous class meetings. These live "Get-Together" classes last approximately one hour and recorded for on-demand viewing by the course attendee. While attendance is optional, we do encourage attending due to the highly collaborative nature of the courses. Please see the following Get-Together schedule for this course (subject to change at the discretion of the course instructors):

  • 10/17/17 - 2:00 pm ET - Intro Session and Lesson 1 Instruction
  • 10/19/17 - 4:00 pm ET - Application Session
  • 10/24/17 - 2:00 pm ET - Lesson 1 Review and Lesson 2 Instruction
  • 10/26/17 - 4:00 pm ET - Application Session
  • 10/31/17 - 2:00 pm ET - Lesson 2 Review and Lesson 3 Instruction
  • 11/02/17 - 4:00 pm ET - Application Session
  • 11/07/17 - 2:00 pm ET - Lesson 3 Review and Lesson 4 Instruction
  • 11/09/17 - 4:00 pm ET - Application Session
  • 11/14/17 - 2:00 pm ET - Lesson 4 Review


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

  • $25 cancellation fee before October 13, 2017
  • $50 cancellation fee October 13 - October 16, 2017 

If you do not cancel by 6:00 am ET October 17, 2017, 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.

Publication Date: 10/17/2017

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