Higher Education Loans - February 2025

Start Date: February 10, 2025
Duration: Eight Weeks
Price: $499.00

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This eight-week interactive online course will review the types of higher education loan programs. It will cover the Direct Loan application and origination process, eligibility criteria, annual and aggregate limits, loan periods, loan repayment plans, deferments, forbearance, discharges and counseling requirements. It will also cover private education loans, institutional loans, and loan disclosures and practices. This course is the perfect learning tool for new and intermediate level financial aid professionals designed to provide the necessary tools and subject matter expertise to guide you through the Direct Loan process, as well as provide a general overview of all higher education loans. 

Course Outline

  • Lesson 1: Types of Loans, Application and Origination Process
  • Lesson 2: Factors for Calculating Direct Loan Amounts
  • Lesson 3: Annual and Aggregate Direct Loan Limits
  • Lesson 4: Frequency of Annual Direct Loan Limits
  • Lesson 5: Private and Institutional Loans 
  • Lesson 6: Repayment Features of Direct Loans and FFEL
  • Lesson 7: Available Repayment Plan Options and Loan Consolidation
  • Lesson 8: Loan Counseling Requirements and Loan Disclosures 

Course Structure

This course utilizes multiple teaching and learning methods to ensure participants develop a true understanding of the topic. 

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

  • Attend live instruction;  
  • Complete reading assignments;
  • Review educational video lessons;
  • Complete learning assessments;
  • Engage in online discussions;
  • Collaborate with other financial aid administrators.

While there is flexibility built into our online courses to accommodate busy work and life schedules and the time commitment is variable, you can expect to spend an average of 6 to 8 hours a week on a course. Our courses have weekly due dates for assessments included in the course syllabus, which becomes available on the first day of the course. All assessments must be submitted by the course end date. The live instruction classes last approximately one hour and participation is strongly encouraged due to the collaborative nature of the courses. If unable to attend the live instruction, each class is recorded for on-demand viewing by the course attendee. 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

2/10/2025

2:00 p.m. ET

Intro Session and Lesson 1 Instruction

2/13/2025

2:00 p.m. ET

Application Session

2/18/2025

2:00 p.m. ET

Lesson 2 Instruction*

2/20/2025

2:00 p.m. ET

Application Session

2/24/2025

2:00 p.m. ET

Lesson 3 Instruction

2/27/2025

2:00 p.m. ET

Application Session

3/3/2025

2:00 p.m. ET

Lesson 4 Instruction

3/6/2025

2:00 p.m. ET

Application Session

3/10/2025

2:00 p.m. ET

Lesson 5 Instruction

3/13/2025

2:00 p.m. ET

Application Session

3/17/2025

2:00 p.m. ET

Lesson 6 Instruction

3/20/2025

2:00 p.m. ET

Application Session

3/24/2025

2:00 p.m. ET

Lesson 7 Instruction

3/27/2025

2:00 p.m. ET

Application Session

3/31/2025

2:00 p.m. ET

Lesson 8 Instruction

4/3/2025

2:00 p.m. ET

Application Session

4/7/2025

2:00 p.m. ET

Wrap-Up

   

*Tuesday due to federal holiday

Certified Financial Aid Administrator® Recertification Points

If you are a FAAC, this course is eligible for ten 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

David Downing

Norma Robinson

David Downing
NASFAA U Instructor
Norma Robinson
Compliance Generalist &
NASFAA U Instructor

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. 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 Policy

We limit our online class size to ensure that we provide an effective, collaborative learning environment where participants receive experience and attention they need. Requests to cancel must be sent to [email protected]. Medical emergencies will be rescheduled to another available course with a doctor's note.

By submitting your registration, you agree to the following Cancellation Policy:

  • $25 cancellation fee
  • $50 cancellation fee within 48 hours of first day of class
  • $0 refund the day that the course begins

If you do not cancel before 6:00 a.m. ET on the day of the scheduled first day of the class, you will be responsible for the full amount of the registration fee. Please feel free to contact [email protected] for technical questions or concerns about attending an online course.

Additional Questions

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


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