Aspiring Director Group Coaching

Group Coaching - Aspiring Director

If your goal is to become a financial aid director,  we invite you to participate in a professional development opportunity designed especially for you, Aspiring Director Group Coaching!*

  • Deep dive into five essential topics, described below.
  • Build your financial aid leadership skills.
  • Receive practical advice from experienced financial aid leaders.
  • Meet your peers and form a professional network.
  • Participate in active weekly discussions.
  • Engage in a cost- and time-effective professional development opportunity.

This six-week, virtual experience requires no travel. The weekly Weekly online group meetings take place each Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

*If you are a current director, please see New Director Group Coaching and Executive Coaching. Or, email Blue Icon to explore other professional coaching opportunities.

Read this article for more information about how group coaching can benefit you and your career goals. 


Start Date First Meeting Date Registration Deadline Registration Link

October 23, 2023*

October 27, 2023

October 20, 2023


* No sessions will be held November 10 or November 24, 2023.

Weekly meetings are recorded for those who develop unexpected conflicts during the 6-week period. However, live virtual attendance is needed each week for dialog and conversation as we discuss application of ideas and concepts.


Your group will focus on five topics during the 6-week experience.

  • Personal Brand
    You will explore why developing and maintaining a personal brand is crucial to being an effective leader, as well as formulate ideas to establish your personal brand.
  • Financial Aid Director 101
    You will gain an understanding of the skills and competencies required to be a successful financial aid director, including relationship building and managing up, down, and across the institution.
  • Compliance as the Director
    You will learn about available compliance resources, the purposes of each, and practical applications that help guide decision-making to support enrollment goals while maintaining compliance.
  • Enrollment Management 101
    You will explore the enrollment management life cycle and the role of the financial aid office in recruiting and retaining students, data stewardship, leveraged aid models, and the student service experience.
  • Policies and Procedures
    Moving past theoretical concepts, you will learn about policies and procedures and present a capstone project that demonstrates your newly acquired knowledge, highlighting all the elements of the course.

Group Size

Groups are small to allow for active participation. Please note: If the minimum number of individuals for a group is not met, the group may be canceled and a refund provided. Registrants for a cancelled group will be given preference for the next scheduled group.


  • April 2023 session is $995 for NASFAA Members and $1,095 for Non-members and include all six weeks.
  • October 2023 session is$1,195 for NASFAA Members and $1,395 for Non-members and include all six weeks.

Required Equipment

To participate, you must have a working webcam on your computer, the ability to participate actively in group meetings via speakers and a microphone (either computer or phone), as well as access to Zoom video conferencing software (accounts are free at and Google classroom. To ensure the best possible experience, participants are strongly discouraged from participating by phone only. 

Time Commitment

For each week, your time commitment will include two hours for the group meeting, plus 1-4 hours to complete the homework assignments. Assignments are required prior to each Friday group meeting.

CFAA Recertification Points and/or Letter of Completion

Available for those who participate in all six sessions and complete the six homework assignments.

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