Recertification Point (RP) Activities

Certification maintenance is required for all FAACs to encourage continued learning and professional development, and to promote continued advancement of knowledge and higher levels of excellence in financial aid administration. A minimum of 60 Recertification Points (RPs) must be earned within the three-year recertification period, unless the candidate is approved for inactive status. Candidates must be prepared to submit documentation to validate qualifying recertification points, as outlined below. 

The RP activity categories are outlined below: 

Remember to track your RPs in your Dashboard after the activity has occurred.

Financial Aid Related Training

Point Value 

Required Documentation

Credential Earned (during the re-certification period) 10/credential Credential Certificate
Institute/Bootcamp (Federal/State/Regional/Industry week-long immersive training) 10/event Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
Fundamentals of Student Financial Aid Administration (FSA) 10/event Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
NASFAA U Online Courses (successful completion required) 8/course Results tracked within NASFAA database
NASFAA's Blue Icon Advisors New Director Group Coaching and Aspiring Director Group Coaching 5/course Results tracked within NASFAA database
NASFAA Authorized Event Workshop (independent of an Institute/Bootcamp) 3/topic Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
Attendance at a Pre-Conference Workshop at National, State, or Regional Association Conferences 3/event Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
PowerFAIDS Virtual Basics Training 3/event Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
FSA Coach - Online Self-Paced Tutorials 2/tutorial Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
ICAN FAFSA Completion Assistance Certification Program 2/event Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
Financial Aid Training or Policy Webinars (FSA/NASFAA/Regions/States) 1/webinar Webinar Registration and/or Certificate of Attendance (if available)
Other - Subject to Commission review and approval (refer to Policy #21) Varies Varies

Attendance at Professional Conferences

Federal Student Aid (FSA) Training Conference 10/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
NASFAA National Conference (in-person or NASFAA Live) 10/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
NASFAA Leadership and Legislative Conference 8/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
NASFAA Executive Roundtable  7/event Results tracked within NASFAA database
Professional Management Training (multi-day intensive leadership/management course or event)* 7/event Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
Regional Association Annual Conference 6/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
College Board Annual Forum 6/forum Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
NACUBO (National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers) National Conference 6/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) National Conference 6/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counseling) National Conference 6/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) National Conference 6/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) National Conference 6/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
Student Financial Aid Audit Seminar 6/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
APC (Association of Proprietary Colleges) Innovation Summit 6/summit Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
NCAN (National College Access Network) Annual Conference 6/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
Regional Leadership/Management Training 5/event Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
State Association Annual or Bi-Annual Conference 4/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
College Board Colloquium 4/colloquium Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
NACUBO Student Financial Services Conference 4/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) Conference 4/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
Higher Education Financial Wellness Summit 3/summit Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
PDG Student Loans & Financial Services Conference 3/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
Higher Education User Group Alliance Virtual Conference 3/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
State/Regional Association Single-Day Conference/Training 2/event Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
Shift Summit (formerly EmpowerED Student Financial Success Conference 2/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
Blackbaud Annual Conference (BBCON) 2/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
Association for the Study of Higher Education Conference 2/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
College Board Fall Update Workshop 2/event Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
Student Information System (SIS), Ellucian – Elive Conference 2/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
NACUBO Bursar Fundamentals Conference 2/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
FSA Partner Summit 2/event Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
College Board PowerFAIDS Conference 2/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
Vendor-Sponsored One-Day Title IV Aid-Related Training** 2/event Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
NCORE Conference 1/conference Registration Confirmation/Event Program/Certificate of Attendance
Other - Subject to Commission review and approval (refer to Policy #21) Varies Varies

Advanced Degree(s) and Coursework

Doctorate degree in a financial aid related discipline (for example, Higher Education Administration) 40/degree conferred Transcript (official or unofficial), copy of diploma
Master's degree in a financial aid related discipline (for example, Higher Education Administration) 20/degree conferred Transcript (official or unofficial), copy of diploma 
Post-baccalaureate course in a financial aid related discipline (successful completion required) 3/course Transcript (official or unofficial)
Obtain financial aid related certificates and certifications Varies Transcript (official or unofficial), or copy of certificate
Other - Subject to Commission review and approval (refer to Policy #21) Varies Varies

Leadership, Engagement and Recognition

Elected leadership service at national level 15/position/year Proof of service from an official source***
Elected leadership service at the state/regional level 10/position/year Proof of service from an official source***
Committee or Task force appointment at the national level 4/position/year Proof of appointment from an official source***
Committee or Task force appointment at the state/regional level 3/position/year Proof of appointment from an official source***
Awards or personal recognition given to individual 5/award Image of Award or Proof of appointment from an official source***
Other - Subject to Commission review and approval (refer to Policy #21) Varies Varies

Speaking and Instruction

Instruction at Institute/Bootcamp 15/event Proof of presentation or instruction from an official source***
Instruction at a NASFAA Authorized Event Workshop 5/topic Proof of presentation or instruction from an official source***
Instruction at Pre-Conference Workshop 5/event Proof of presentation or instruction from an official source***
Conference presentation at national, state, or regional level 2/presentation Proof of presentation or instruction from an official source***
Webinar training presentation 2/presentation Proof of presentation or instruction from an official source***
ICAN FAFSA Completion presentation 1/presentation Proof of presentation or instruction from an official source***
Financial Aid Night presentation 1/presentation Proof of presentation or instruction from an official source***
College Goal Sunday Volunteer  1/event Proof of presentation or instruction from an official source***
Other - Subject to Commission review and approval (refer to Policy #21) Varies Varies

Authorship 

Author a peer-reviewed article on a financial aid related topic that is published 3/article Copy of published article
Other - Subject to Commission review and approval (refer to Policy #21) Varies Varies

Advocacy

Visit with federal legislators and policymakers 3/visit Proof of visit from an official source***
Visit with regional and/or state legislators and policymakers  2/visit Proof of visit from an official source***
Provide research and documentation on financial aid related issues to legislators and policymakers (state, regional or federal level) 1/occurrence  Upload research provided
Other - Subject to Commission review and approval (refer to Policy #21) Varies Varies

 

* Examples of Professional Management Training: ATD (Association for Talent Development), Harvard Business Review, College/University Leadership Symposium, Disney Institute Leadership and Business Training, etc.

** Examples of Vendor-Sponsored One-Day Title IV Aid-Related Training: CampusLogic User Conference, the College Board PowerFAIDS Conference with Advanced Training Workshop, etc. 

*** Examples include: Completed Leadership, Engagement, and/or Recognition Confirmation Form (download form), public announcements, copies of emails, screenshots of webpages, letter from association/committee/task force representative, etc.

Publication Date: 5/6/2021

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