Certification Exam Preparation Online Workshop

The NASFAA Certification Exam Preparation Online Workshop is an opportunity for motivated financial aid professionals to gain helpful insight about the knowledge exam. This facilitated, virtual experience will be led by NASFAA training staff members and currently certified FAACs. Each week, participants will meet online for high-level review of the 12 content areas covered on the exam. 

  • The online workshop is five weeks in length, featuring weekly 90-minute meetings hosted on Zoom, along with optional "Ask Me Anything" sessions on Slack. 
  • Independent review and supplemental work may be recommended to be completed on your own between meetings. 
  • Workshop participants will receive complimentary access to the exam preparation guide, a practice test (only available to workshop attendees), and the knowledge exam — a value of $525.  (Please note that previous purchases will not be refunded.) 

For best results, workshop participants are strongly encouraged to sit for the knowledge exam during the two testing windows immediately following the workshop. Beta testing revealed group review increased the likelihood of success on the knowledge exam compared to independent study. Typically, 7 out of 10 candidates are successful through independent study. After attending a workshop, 9 out of 10 candidates were successful who took the exam within 30 days.

Price: Reduced rate of $199 for the 2023-24 award year and then $499 starting July 1, 2024

Eligibility Requirements

To participate, you must have an active, approved certification application on file. View your current application status within your certification dashboard. If your application is expired, simply review the information, make necessary updates, and resubmit the application. The $50 application fee is waived through June 30, 2024.

Workshop Schedule

January 2024

Weekly online meetings will take place via Zoom from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesdays between January 9 and February 8, 2024. Note that the last class is scheduled on Thursday. (January 9, January 16, January 23, January 30, February 8)

Register for January 2024


May 2024

Weekly online meetings will take place via Zoom from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesdays between May 7 and June 4, 2024. Note that the class on May 30 is scheduled on Thursday. (May 7, May 14, May 21, May 30, June 4). This workshop will utilize 2024-25 materials. 

Register for May 2024


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