The Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Program is for financial aid professionals who are dedicated to advancing their professional career and enhancing their knowledge of Title IV aid administration.
To become certified, candidates must complete a multi-step process:
If you are considering becoming certified, the Candidate Handbook contains valuable information about the program, as well as an Exam Content Outline and a list of core resources to help you prepare for the exam. The Exam Preparation Guide is another useful resource to help you prepare.
Ask for support for this endeavor from your supervisor and/or leadership at your institution using this customizable justification letter. Support can be provided in many ways, including dedicated preparation time and financial assistance.
Explore whether you meet the eligibility requirements using this Interactive Tool. Without paying a fee and without obligation, you can find out whether you are eligible to sit for the certification exam during an upcoming testing window.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, apply now. The application will require uploading a current resume.
Upon approval of your application, you will receive an email notification with a link to purchase and schedule your exam session during an upcoming testing window. You will have one year from the date your application was approved to take the exam. Learn more about the testing process.
If your application is not approved, you will receive an email with a brief explanation of why the application was deemed ineligible.
Use the Dashboard to guide your path through the entire certification process, from starting, returning to, and submitting your application, arranging to sit for your exam, managing your Recertification Points (RPs) to maintain your status, and more.