Request a Blue Icon Presenter for Your Event

Invite a Blue Icon expert to present at your organization's next conference or event! Blue Icon staff and consultants have extensive experience in financial aid administration, leadership, executive coaching, and project management, and we want to share that knowledge with your group. To request a speaker, simply send us an email with the dates of your event and your requested topic(s). See list below.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic  staff are only able to offer virtual presentations. We will reevaluate travel in June 2021.

10 Common Questions Schools Have About Federal Program Reviews

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) performs program reviews to identify whether a school is abiding by the provisions governing Title IV aid programs, and if not, ED can impose hefty financial fines and liabilities against the school. This danger of financial ramifications may lead schools to fear program reviews, but you don't have to. Learn about the types of reviews, potential triggers for being selected for a review, the financial ramifications, and more.

Mistakes You're Making with Your Policies and Procedures

Let's be real: no one's policies and procedures are perfect. But you might have some key mistakes in your policies and procedures and not even realize it. These errors can mean big problems for your students and staff, especially if discovered during an audit or federal program review. Learn about these key mistakes and discuss ways to fix them quickly.

That was Due When? The Importance of an Operational Calendar

We've all been there: a missed deadline, bills being sent without notice, not knowing when grades will post so we can run SAP. But developing an operational calendar for financial aid-related functions can help you stay on top of these things like a boss. Learn the benefits of having an operational calendar, and discuss what to include and who to involve when creating your own.

Establishing Your Personal Brand as a New or Aspiring Director

As a new (or aspiring) director there are competing priorities everywhere you look. What should you focus on first? Establishing your personal brand is critical to your success. Come learn some best practices on positioning yourself as a new (or aspiring) successful financial aid director.

Pandemic Professional Judgments: Balancing Student Needs, Compliance, and Administrative Burden

Professional judgment requests are on the rise. So are stress levels from students, families, and financial aid staff. How do you balance 1) following published guidance, 2) requesting the appropriate amount of documentation, and 3) providing good customer service? This session will review the options available to help students through professional judgment and provide strategies for managing difficult situations.

WIIFY: NASFAA Business Services

WIIFY: What's In It For You? That's what NASFAA Business Services is all about: customizing services to meet the needs of your school. NASFAA's Standards of Excellence Review Program and Blue Icon Advisors, NASFAA Consulting, provide assistance to schools at every level, from working with your policies and procedures and training new employees to providing leadership support and full-scale compliance and operational evaluations. Attend this session to hear results from our clients and generate your own ideas for how NASFAA Business Services can help you!

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