NASFAA Testing Center

NASFAA Credentialed Professional LogoOnce you have completed an approved NASFAA learning activity or demonstrate sufficient professional experience, you qualify to sit for a test in one or more topics. Each test involves a combination of multiple choice, and scenario-based questions. If you pass the test, you earn a nationally recognized credential.

Credentialed professionals now have the opportunity to renew each credential. NASFAA recommends renewing credentials every three years, or more often in the event of major regulatory changes. Renewal is not mandatory; NASFAA Professional Credentials do not expire. To renew, you must successfully pass the current version of the credential test for that subject area.

To gain access to a test, you may purchase the current version of the test by processing a payment or using an unexpired voucher, if you have one. Once purchased, you will receive an email providing you with a link to access the testing center. You will have two attempts to take the test. If you do not pass either attempt, additional testing attempts are available for purchase.

You must complete your available credential tests within the specified timeframe listed below each assessment within the testing center.

  • NASFAA's policy states that tests must be completed within 40 calendar days of the test purchase date.
  • If necessary, you may use your second attempt within the same 40-day testing window that began as of the date you initially purchased the test.
  • If you are not successful after the initial two attempts, re-tests are available for purchase, which provide an additional 40 days and two more attempts.
  • Please see our appeal policy if you need to request a testing period extension.  

Access to a test expires at midnight (local time) on the date of expiration. Additionally, note that the testing center has scheduled maintenance windows on the first Saturday of each month from 8:00 PM ET to 1:00 AM ET. The testing center will not be available during those times, so please plan accordingly. 

After you complete a test, the system lets you know whether you passed or not. All scores are confidential; instead, a Diagnostic Report will show how you did in each subject area of that test. Use this feedback to prepare to take the test again—or simply to improve your general knowledge of the topic.

Please be sure to read these Important Notices and Disclosures before purchasing a credential test.

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The credentials in the testing center are divided into three parts as listed below.  

  • OC: Online Course Available
  • Preview: Test Preview Available
  • SSG: Self-Study Guide Available 

Part 1

Application Process (Preview) (SSG) 

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Student Eligibility (Preview) (SSG) 

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Cost of Attendance (Preview) (SSG) (OC)

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Need Analysis (Preview) (SSG)

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Verification (Preview) (SSG) 

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Part 2

Federal Pell Grants and Iraq and
Afghanistan Service Grants (Preview) (SSG) 

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Campus-Based Programs (Preview) (SSG) 

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Teacher Education Assistance for College
and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants (Preview) (SSG)

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Direct Loan Program (Preview) (SSG)

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Packaging & Notification of Awards (Preview) (SSG)

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Part 3

Return of Title IV Funds* (Preview) (SSG) 

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Satisfactory Academic Progress (Preview) (SSG) 

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Consumer Information (Preview) (SSG)

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Gainful Employment** (Preview) (SSG)

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Cash Management (Preview) (SSG) (OC)

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Administrative Capability (Preview) (SSG) 

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Professional Judgment (Preview) (SSG)

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* For the Return of Title IV Funds Tests, please use the U.S. Department of Education Return of Title IV Aid Worksheets for the treatment of Title IV funds when students withdraw from credit hour and clock hour programs. Please also ensure you have a calculator available to assist you with the scenario.

**NOTE: The July 1, 2019 Federal Register Notice and June 28, 2019 GE Electronic Announcement #122 rescinded the gainful employment (GE) program regulations under 34 CFR 668, Subpart Q and Subpart R, effective on July 1, 2020. Accordingly, NASFAA’s Gainful Employment Self-Study Guide will no longer be available for purchase as of April 1, 2020. The Gainful Employment Professional Credential test will not be available for purchase after May 21, 2020 and will no longer be administered after June 30, 2020. The most recent edition of the Gainful Employment Self-Study Guide issued in April 2018 may contain superseded or incomplete information. Preparation for the credential test should include federal resources, including the Federal Student Aid HandbookGainful Employment Information, and other materials available at ifap.ed.gov.

Please review our Exam Accommodation Policy for information on accommodation requests. 

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