NASFAA Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Program

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators' accredited Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Program awards the FAAC® designation.

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Financial aid professionals have long sought certification and it's finally here. The Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Program:

  • Advances and elevates the profession
  • Inspires quality job performance
  • Creates a competitive edge

Financial aid administrators like you have always worked diligently to protect the integrity of student aid programs. This certification program recognizes the integral role you play in an educational institution's overall success and provides credibility to help you get ahead with the FAAC® designation. FAACs are being recognized and celebrated by their institutions. 

We Are Committed to Helping You Succeed

Why are we offering a certification program? Because we believe in the knowledge and expertise of student financial aid administrators.

We currently offer 16 NASFAA Professional Credentials that measure a candidate's topical competency. More than 35,000 credentials have been conferred since 2012. Certification is the next natural step in our efforts to further the careers of financial aid professionals across the country.

Certification offers a valuable benchmark to our community, providing the foundation for

  • Increased opportunity for career growth
  • Validation of competencies essential to effective financial aid administration
  • National recognition via industry assessment

We want to help you be successful on your journey towards the FAAC® designation! We’ve developed several candidate resources to help you prepare, including online exam preparation workshops.

Are You Ready?

You could qualify today if you already have the right combination of employment, education, and experience. Review the eligibility requirements and check your eligibility.

Check Your Eligibility | Apply Now

The Dashboard tracks all your steps through the process, from starting, returning to, and submitting your application, arranging to sit for your exam, then tracking your recertification progress. Take the first steps toward your future as a FAAC®.

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Review the program fees. Ask for support from your supervisor using the customizable justification letter. Support can be provided in many ways, including dedicated preparation time and financial assistance. 

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Explore the remarkable achievements of certified financial aid professionals and read the Certification Insider to see what current FAACs have to say about their experiences with the program.

FAAC Highlights | Certification Insider

Additional Professional Development Opportunities

Review NASFAA's Events Calendar and Training & Events page to learn of upcoming professional development opportunities, including state and regional conferences, summer institutes, NASFAA U online courses, NASFAA webinars, etc.

Keep an eye out for news and additional opportunities for the certification community in Certification News.

For More Information

To learn more about the certification, review the Candidate Handbook and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Still have questions? Fill out this form or email the certification program staff at [email protected].

Candidate Handbook | Certification FAQs | Email [email protected]


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