Fundamentals of Student Financial Aid

Start Date: July 11, 2023
Duration: 4 Weeks
Price: $299.00

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This four-week interactive online course will focus on the fundamentals of financial aid including applying, financial aid concepts, categories and types of financial aid, the Title IV aid programs, other federal sources of student assistance, and comparing financial aid offers. This course is the perfect learning tool for new financial aid professionals, and individuals who assist students through the financial aid cycle such as admissions or enrollment representatives, and high school counselors. 

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Financial Aid Programs; Completing the FAFSA; Special Circumstances
  • Lesson 2: Need-Based and Non-Need-Based Aid; Academic Year; Enrollment Status
  • Lesson 3: Title IV Grant Programs; Direct Loan Program; Federal Work-Study Program
  • Lesson 4: Non-Title IV Financial Aid Programs; Comparing Financial Aid Offers; Professional Judgment

Course Structure

This course utilizes multiple teaching and learning methods to ensure participants develop a true understanding of the topic. Live instruction, reading assignments, discussion forums, interactive content, and assessments will reinforce key course concepts. 

As a participant of this course you will be asked to:

  • Review educational video lessons
  • Complete learning assessments
  • Engage in online discussions
  • Collaborate with other financial administrators 

Weekly due dates for assessments are included in the course syllabus, and all assessments must be submitted by the course end date. The live instruction classes last approximately 75 minutes and are recorded for on-demand viewing by the course attendee. While attendance in the live sessions is optional, we do encourage you to attend due to the collaborative nature of the courses. Please see the Live Instruction Schedule below for this course (subject to change at the discretion of the course instructors).

Live Instruction Schedule 

Date

Time

Session

07/11/2023

2:00- 3:15 p.m. ET

Intro Session and Lesson 1 Instruction

07/18/2023

2:00- 3:15 p.m. ET

Lesson 1 Review and Lesson 2 Instruction

07/25/2023

2:00- 3:15 p.m. ET

Lesson 2 Review and Lesson 3 Instruction

08/01/2023

2:00- 3:15 p.m. ET

Lesson 3 Review and Lesson 4 Instruction

08/08/2023

2:00- 3:15 p.m. ET

Lesson 4 Review & Wrap-Up

Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Recertification Points

If you are a certified FAA, this course is eligible for eight Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Recertification Points (RPs). After successfully completing and passing the course, the points will automatically be added to your Dashboard.

Course Instructors

Tonya Hsiung David Downing
Tonya Hsiung
NASFAA U Manager
David Downing
NASFAA U Instructor

NASFAA U Course Policies

Attendance Requirements and Due Dates

While there is flexibility built into our online courses to accommodate busy work and life schedules, our courses have weekly due dates, and all assessments must be submitted by the course end date. These due dates will be available in the syllabus, which becomes available on the first day of the course. 

We also strongly encourage participation in the live instruction sessions, but archives will be available for on-demand viewing. 

Technical Requirements

Your online course will be fully browser-based. We strongly recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox as your internet browser for the live instruction meetings. Internet Explorer is not supported. The audio portion of online courses will be delivered directly through your computer's speakers or attached headphones. We recommend you test your computer's ability to stream audio prior to joining the first live session. We encourage you to have a microphone set up so you can participate in our live instruction sessions, although it is not required. 

Accommodations

If you require any special accommodations for this course, please contact us at [email protected]. Accommodations must be requested at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Cancellation

By submitting your registration, you agree to the following cancellation schedule:

  • $25 cancellation fee before July 6, 2023
  • $50 cancellation fee July 6, 2023 - July 10, 2023

If you do not cancel by 6:00 a.m. ET, July 11, 2023, you will be responsible for the full amount of the registration fee. Medical emergencies will be rescheduled to another available course with a doctor's note.

Requests to cancel must be sent to [email protected].

Additional Payment Option

This course is eligible for NASFAA Credit Balance usage.

Additional Questions

For additional questions, please review the helpful guide of Online Course Frequently Asked Questions.


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