Academic Calendars - April 2024

Start Date: April 30, 2024
Duration: 4 Weeks
Price: $299.00


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This four-week collaborative online course will focus on the building blocks of Title IV program eligibility. Concepts such as academic year, payment periods, and program structure will be defined and illustrated as emerging academic program structures test the traditional basis of determining program eligibility and packaging students with Title IV aid. In addition to covering the structures of standard terms, nonstandard terms, and programs without terms, this course will cover how modules, summer terms, intersessions, and clinicals impact the packaging and disbursements of Title IV aid. This course will provide you with basic concepts that will help inform your conversations and choices about program structure. Upon passing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion.

Course Outline*

  • Lesson 1: Educational programs, academic calendars, and payment periods
  • Lesson 2: Nonterm programs, nonstandard term programs
  • Lesson 3: Other types of programs and exceptions
  • Lesson 4: New program development and program structure

*Subject to change

Course Structure

This course utilizes multiple teaching and learning methods to ensure participants develop a true understanding of the topic. 

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

  • Attend live instruction;  
  • Complete reading assignments;
  • Review educational video lessons;
  • Complete learning assessments;
  • Engage in online discussions;
  • Collaborate with other financial administrators.

While there is flexibility built into our online courses to accommodate busy work and life schedules and the time commitment is variable, you can expect to spend an average of 6 to 8 hours a week on a course. Our courses have weekly due dates for assessments included in the course syllabus, which becomes available on the first day of the course. All assessments must be submitted by the course end date. The live instruction classes last approximately one hour and participation is strongly encouraged due to the collaborative nature of the courses. If unable to attend the live instruction, each class is recorded for on-demand viewing by the course attendee.

Live Instruction Schedule 





2:00 p.m. ET

Intro Session and Lesson 1 Instruction


4:00 p.m. ET

Application Session


2:00 p.m. ET

Lesson 1 Review and Lesson 2 Instruction


4:00 p.m. ET

Application Session


2:00 p.m. ET

Lesson 2 Review and Lesson 3 Instruction


4:00 p.m. ET

Application Session


2:00 p.m. ET

Lesson 3 Review and Lesson 4 Instruction


4:00 p.m. ET

Application Session


4:00 p.m. ET

Lesson 4 Review and Wrap-Up*


*Later class due to another class at 2pm

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. 

Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Recertification Points

If you are a certified FAA, this course is eligible for eight Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Recertification Points (RPs). After successfully completing and passing the course, the points will automatically be added to your Dashboard.

Course Instructors

David Tolman

Norma Robinson

David Tolman
NASFAA Instructional Design
& Content Specialist
Norma Robinson
Regulatory Specialist


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. 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 [email protected]. 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 25, 2024
  • $50 cancellation fee April 25, 2024 - April 29, 2024

If you do not cancel by 6:00 a.m. ET, April 30, 2024, you will be responsible for the full amount of the registration fee. Medical emergencies will be rescheduled to another available course with a doctor’s note.

Requests to cancel must be sent to [email protected].

Additional Questions

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

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