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Sham Tzegai found her way into a fulfilling career in financial aid with her start as a work-study student in the financial aid office at Front Range Community College in Colorado. Her time as a work-study student helped her navigate all the challenges and obstacles a first-generation college student experiences, she said. Her work-study experience then turned into a full-time role at Front Range that she held for two years before going to her current institution — the Colorado School of Mines — as an assistant director of financial aid. For the last five years, Sham has served as the associate director of financial aid and scholarships. Learn more about Sham in the brief Q&A below.

A group of 16 colleges and universities are being sued, as five former students allege the schools colluded to determine financial aid offers for students, unfairly limiting financial aid offers by utilizing a shared methodology to calculate financial need, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Illinois this week.

NASFAA UPDATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

NASFAA and Blue Icon Advisors are excited to welcome Precious Ward, who joins us as an operations assistant for Blue Icon. Precious has been in financial for over 10 years and began her financial aid career as a Federal Work-Study student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned her bachelor's degree. Upon graduating, she worked with the Carolina College Advising Corps, serving as college advisor to low-income, first-generation students. Precious then returned to the financial aid sector as a financial counselor, assistant/associate director, and most recently as the interim financial aid director at Central Carolina Community College.  Precious also holds a master's degree in human service counseling from Liberty University. Please join us in welcoming Precious!

As financial aid offices grapple with turnover and staffing shortages, aid administrators say it's been difficult to cultivate a pipeline of young workers eager to learn the ins-and-outs of financial aid and pursue a career in the field. The Succession Planning pathway at NASFAA's 2022 Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo next month in Washington, D.C.  is designed to help your office prepare for the future. Sessions will focus on cultivating leadership, building mentorships, employee retention, and more. In light of the recent surge in omicron variant cases, we'd like to remind attendees that all conference registrants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Learn more about the conference and the safety measures being taken, and register today to secure your seat.

Blue Icon Advisors has professional coaching just for you! Aspiring Director Group Coaching will prepare you for a leadership role while providing practical skills you can apply in your current position. Topics include compliance, enrollment management, and policies and procedures. Register today to secure your spot.

NASFAA provides a wide variety of programs for beginning, intermediate, and experienced financial aid administrators delivered in a multitude of ways to support different learning styles. Explore the options available to you, which range from attending NASFAA U online courses, to earning professional credentials, or becoming certified as an FAAC®. Join Dana Kelly, NASFAA vice president of professional development & institutional compliance, tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. ET as she reviews all of the opportunities available and helps you determine which path best aligns with your career goals or your office's needs. Register today.

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