New Director Group Coaching

Group Coaching

Are you a new financial aid director with less than one year of experience at the director level? If so, we invite you to participate in a professional development opportunity  designed especially for you, New Director Group Coaching!*

  • Deep dive into three 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.
  • A six-week virtual experience. No travel required.
  • A cost- and time-effective way to engage in professional development.

"New Director Group Coaching was a great support group in my first year as a director. The weekly discussions and materials touched on key topics that will help me be successful. The consultants provided positive feedback and had their own experiences that they could add to the conversation." 
- Marie Fico, director of student financial services, St. John Fisher College

*New directors must have less than 12 months of experience as a director. If you are an aspiring director or have more than a year of experience as a director, please email Blue Icon to see if this experience is right for you.


Weekly online meetings take place each Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET for six weeks.

Upcoming Sessions
Start Date First Meeting Date Registration Deadline Registration Link

September 13, 2021

September 17, 2021

September 10, 2021

Coming Soon

January 17, 2022

January 21, 2022

January 14, 2022

Coming Soon

April 18, 2022*

April 22, 2022

April 15, 2022

Coming Soon

*No session on May 27, 2022.

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 dig deep into the following essential topics during the 6-week experience.

Remaining in compliance

Objective: Identify and discuss available resources, the purposes of each, and how to remain informed in support of a compliant environment. Examine practical applications including relationship building and organizational models that support institution-wide compliance.

Developing an operational calendar

Objective: Learn the value of an operational calendar, how to manage ownership of a living document to represent actual practices, and take the first steps in creating a comprehensive financial aid calendar for their own office.

Identifying and supporting staff professional development needs 

Objective:  Discuss the importance of staff development, the value of clearly defined expectations, and the development of a plan to support the goals. Explore creative strategies to build a comprehensive staff development and continual training foundation for your office when limited resources exist.

Capstone Project: Draft Strategic Plan 

Objective: Use new knowledge to create a short presentation that supports their leadership of the office, showing their commitment to compliance, staff development, and operational calendars, along with office goals and activities. 

Group Size

Each group will include 5 to 14  individuals who are new financial aid directors. 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.


The price includes all 6 weeks!

  • NASFAA Members: $895
  • Non-members: $995

Required Equipment

To participate, you must have a working webcam on your computer, the ability to participate 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. 

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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