Students across the country have said that attending college would have been a dream just out of their reach if not for financial aid. That wouldn't be possible without you, the "dreamkeepers" who open the doors of opportunity to students.
There's no doubt about it—working in the financial aid office means long hours dealing with complicated issues. From processing verification requests and disbursements, to counseling students and staying on top of the latest federal guidance, you do it all.
Counselor, confidant, therapist, teacher, advocate—financial aid administrators are many things to many people.
You know that in order to best help your students, you need to be up to speed on Title IV regulations, and even how potential legislative changes could impact the access to and delivery of federal student aid. It's no small feat, and you tackle it like pros!
Managing two award years concurrently, federal reports, state reports, financial aid nights—and that's just October. There is a lot to do and you get it done with aplomb ... and maybe a little caffeine.
As John Quiñones said during the 2017 NASFAA National Conference in San Diego, financial aid "is not just a game of dollars and numbers." Financial aid administrators, he said, are "catalysts for change" who "rescue these students by taking the time to listen. You are literally changing people's lives."
It's not uncommon that others on campus might be a little unsure of what exactly financial aid administrators do. With your job comes rules, conditions, reports, disclosures, and sometimes unrelated social agendas, the effects of which can extend well beyond the financial aid office into many other areas of an institution. Communicating across the campus is essential.
No one is better equipped than NASFAA members to tell lawmakers what students and institutions really need when it comes to federal financial aid. Your on-the-ground perspective is invaluable in advocating for your schools and your students.
NASFAA members continue to exceed expectations in their dedication to lifelong learning. To date, there have been 13,208 NASFAA U credentials earned by 4,617 people across 17 subjects, and counless other participants in online webinars, showing your desire to expand your knowledgebase.
Publication Date: 10/24/2018