Two More Certified Financial Aid Administrators®

KASAA wishes to congratulate our newest FAAC®:

Myrna Perkins from Barton Community College (BCC)

Tammy Reece from Kansas City KS Community College (KCKCC)

These ladies join 253 other individuals across the nation to have earned this designation. With their designation, KASFAA is leading the RMASFAA region with 15 out of 27. Kansas aid professionals continue to set the bar for professionalism and dedication to our students. Congrats ladies!

NASFAA created this program that:

  • Advances and elevates the profession
  • Inspires quality job performance
  • Creates a competitive edge

We work diligently to protect the integrity of student aid programs. This certification program recognizes the integral role we play in our educational institution’s overall success while providing credibility to help us get ahead with the designation.

What’s Your Passion?


KASFAA runs solely on volunteer power, and we appreciate our volunteers so much. We are still in need of 30 volunteers for the 2021-2022 year (runs from now until the beginning of April 2022). We would love to have you join us this year. Please look over the committees below, then go to the KASFAA Volunteer page, read the Volunteer Guide if you have more questions, and then complete the volunteer form!

Do you have a passion for documenting and preserving history? How about making sure things stay organized? ARCHIVE is for you! 

Is your passion marketing, networking, and philanthropy? Choose CORPORATE SUPPORT to network with Associate Members and help plan the philantrophy project for the Spring 2022 conference!

Do you have a passion for helping or training your peers? PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT is your jam (and a great fit for content developers and instructional designers)!  

Are you passionate about web design? Do you have experience with HTML coding? Want to create instructional videos? ELECTRONIC RESOURCES wants YOU!!!

Is your passion welcoming new people, assisting in keeping a clean database, or facilitating mentorship? Choose MEMBERSHIP!

Are you a social media junky? Do you have a passion for interviewing others and writing blog posts? Like to create YouTube videos? You would be perfect for ASSOCIATION NEWS & PUBLICITY!

Do you have a passion for teaching and sharing financial aid information with our college prep partners? Like to help plan and organize events? Have ideas for innovative content delivery? You want to be on OUTREACH TRAINING!

Are you a party planner? Opportunities to help plan the conference program, design the decorations, secure entertainment, and more. Join CONFERENCE PLANNING to help plan and execute the Spring 2022 conference to be held in Wichita! 

Have questions? Reach out to Darcy Johnson, Diana VanDyke, or the chair of the committee(s) you’re interested in. 

Written by Darcy Johnson

KASFAA Spring Conference Award Winner – KASFAA Rising Star Award

KASFAA Rising Star Award

provides recognition to an individual member with fewer than 5 years of experience in KASFAA who shows promise for future contributions to the association or the financial aid profession. This individual has demonstrated quality performance through their passion for their work while exemplifying the professionalism and dedication to the mission of KASFAA.

April Sidesinger

Washburn University Assistant Director of Financial Aid – Washburn Institute of Technology

Conference Planning

Congratulations April!!! What an amazing year!

Click here to watch the Awards Ceremony

KASFAA Spring Conference Award Winner – Hall of Fame Award

Hall of Fame Award

is the highest award made by KASFAA. It is not mandated that this award be given each year and more than one person may be recognized in a given year. This award can be given to any person who has contributed significantly to the financial aid profession for a minimum of fifteen years.

Brenda Hicks

Southwestern College Director of Financial Aid

Gary Bateman

Ottawa University Associate Director of Financial Aid

Conference Planning

Diane Lindeman

Kansas Board of Regents Director of Student Financial Asst.

Membership, Conference Planning

Congratulations All!!

Click here to watch the Awards Ceremony

KASFAA Spring Conference Award Winner – Deborah Byers Outstanding Service Award

Deborah Byers Outstanding Service Award

is presented to recognize the outstanding contributions of an individual in the field of financial aid through sustained contributions to KASFAA. The Board may select one member or associate member each year.

Darcy Johnson

Emporia State University Student Loan Coordinator


Board of Directors (Chairperson), Association Governance (Vice Chair), Membership, Government Relations

Congratulations Darcy!! You deserve this!!

Click here to watch the Awards Ceremony

KASFAA Spring Conference Award Winner – Bruce Lopez Meritorious Achievement Award

Bruce Lopez Meritorious Achievement Award 

is presented to an individual who has made either an important single contribution or significant multiple contributions to KASFAA or the profession. The individual does not have to be a member of KASFAA. The purpose of this award is to encourage members to become involved in carrying out the mission of the Association and to encourage continued individual support to the financial aid profession.

Debbie Brewer

Johnson County Community College Financial Aid Accounting Supervisor

Association Governance,   Finance (Chairperson)

Congratulations to a very deserving person!!

Click here to watch the Awards Ceremony

KASFAA Awards Winners – Summer Institute

RMASFAA’s Summer Institute is a nationally recognized week of training for financial aid administrators.

23 apps were received this year. Exciting News …

… We were able to award 5 instead of 4 this year!!

And the winners are…

-Kathy Ramsey, Colby Community College

-Courtney Stensaas, Cloud County Community College

-Amanda McLaughlin, Kansas Wesleyan University

-Robin Adamson, Coffeyville Community College

-Crystal Raub, Washburn University


NASFAA presents the Student Aid Reference Desk

Verification? Loan eligibility? FAFSA simplification? Whatever you need, find the latest resources, legislation, and guidance — fast — with the Student Aid Reference Desk: #SArefdesk

  • The Student Aid Reference Desk — “Ref Desk,” for short — is a central hub of important financial aid regulations, legislation, and other key resources.
  • As Congress and the Department of Education continue to release guidance related to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever that the general public have access to this easily searchable, nonpartisan resource providing continuously updated expert data straight from the source.
  • The Ref Desk compiles resources related to the administration of student aid programs with direct links to federal regulation, legislative text, and Department of Education guidance, as well as interpretation and analysis from policy organizations, institutions, researchers, and groups focused on student access and success in higher education.

Erin Powers

Director of Marketing and Communications