13 Reasons Why NASFAA Members Are Awesome

Read on to find out why we think NASFAA members are so awesome.

1. You can roll with the punches.

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2020 has brought an onslaught of new challenges, but despite the fact that many offices were and still are working fully or partially remotely you're still getting the job done!

2. In the midst of a pandemic, you're able to juggle a whole lot. 

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The ongoing pandemic has had an impact on everyone. Between adjusting to remote work, taking care of families and the needs of your communities, and so much more, you've surely got a lot you're juggling. But you're still showing up everyday to help and support students and their families.

3. You're crushing it with the influx of PJ requests many offices are seeing. 

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Financial aid offices have been reporting an uptick in requests for professional judgment (PJ) this year, which has continued to increase as the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into its seventh month, as noted by NASFAA’s newly released survey. You’re not only meeting the needs of students, financial aid administrators have anticipated these increases and planned accordingly! 

4. You help students reach their goals...

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... and make their dreams come true.

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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.

5. You work long hours...

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... but you know it’s worth it.

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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.

6. You wear many hats and fill roles for students without guidance.

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Counselor, confidant, therapist, teacher, advocate—financial aid administrators are many things to many people.

7. You're regulatory gurus.

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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!

8. You know how to manage competing priorities to get the job done...

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... but you also appreciate those rare moments of relaxation.

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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.

9. You don’t just crunch numbers, you take the time to listen to students and give them moral support...

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... and encouragement.

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As Steve Pemberton said during the 2019 NASFAA National Conference in Orlando, "you're not impacting a life. You're impacting generations to come." 

10. You’re no stranger to teamwork. You collaborate with others in your office and on your campus to get the best result.

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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. 

11. You step up and advocate for the profession and for students.

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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.

12. You are always looking for opportunities to grow and learn.

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NASFAA members continue to exceed expectations in their dedication to lifelong learning. To date, there have been more than 21,500 NASFAA U credentials earned by over 6,500 people across 17 subjects, and countless other participants in online webinars, showing your desire to expand your knowledgebase. 

13. Nobody says “It depends” quite like you do!

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Publication Date: 10/20/2020


Royce B | 10/26/2020 11:0:52 AM

Awesome! Well, put together :)

Royce M | 10/23/2020 4:8:18 PM

A fantastic, on time pick-me-up! I especially liked #1, #5 and #8b. Thanks NASFAA!!

Carol P | 10/23/2020 2:29:11 PM

You made me SMILE...thank you

Erika L | 10/23/2020 12:5:21 PM

This is great! Thanks for the acknowledgement

Krystle A | 10/23/2020 10:50:48 AM

This is awesome and you nailed it. Great job! My favorite is #13.

Brenda B | 10/22/2020 9:18:51 AM

Well done and so true! Great job on putting this together!

Mary E | 10/22/2020 9:7:04 AM

I love them all but my favorite has to be #1! Thank you!

Ginia A | 10/21/2020 2:55:21 PM

Awesome, thanks.

Rosana H | 10/21/2020 1:51:24 PM

Haha! Thank you for the appreciation and the laughs! :)

Brenda S | 10/21/2020 1:42:53 PM

This is an awesome treat! Thank you NASFAA!

Robin H | 10/21/2020 12:11:42 PM

Thank you NASFAA!!!

Virginia R | 10/21/2020 11:21:45 AM

This is great! Thank You NASFAA! After this Fall Semester, this is nice to see!

Michele S | 10/21/2020 9:23:03 AM

This is great (and hilarious). Thank you!!

Isabel M | 10/20/2020 1:47:53 PM

This is amazing and so appreciated!! Thank you, NASFAA!

Connie R | 10/20/2020 1:8:31 PM

That's it in a nutshell, Thanks

Amanda C | 10/20/2020 11:51:50 AM

This is awesome!! Thank you, NASFAA! :)

Judith H | 10/20/2020 11:36:55 AM

This is fantastic!

Diane R | 10/20/2020 10:56:48 AM

Love it. Thank you. What a pick me up!

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