To Train or Not To Train – Is It Even a Question?

By Aimee Campbell

In the ever changing world of financial aid, training is very important.  I am not convinced there isn’t a secret group at DOE that dreams up these changes year after year to keep us on our toes.  Just think of all the changes that DOE has implemented over the years… addition (and take away) of year round Pell, sequestration, no more subsidized loans for graduate students and PPY (can I get an Amen for that!) just to name a few.

 

In the name of training, I have complied a list of training opportunities for you to consider (some of these do have membership requirements)

  • RMASFAA Summer Institute. Spend a week learning the ins and outs of financial aid.  There are different tracks depending on your level of experience.  Class size is kept small and taught by two faculty who are well established in financial aid. You will work through sixteen different topics using the NASFAA University curriculum.
  • NASFAA University curriculum. You can purchase for the different subject areas a la cart.  Complete the self study guides and take the certification exam at your own pace.
  • There are conferences at the National, Regional and State levels you can attend throughout the year.
  • Webinars are offered through Department of Education and NASFAA.

 

Are you excited for training, but need something a little more budget friendly, like free?  Don’t worry, you have plenty of options that fall into that category as well!

  • Reading IFAP Handbook is a lot like curling up with your favorite financial aid book on a rainy day.  Break that bad boy out and read up on everything you would want to know about financial aid!
  • FSA Training. You can view all their archived materials. Just keep in mind the information was current at the time of posting and (of course) things might have changed.
  • Dear Colleague Letters. These are also archived for your enjoyment.  You can also find announcements made by FSA.
  • Federal Student Aid also has FSA Coach. You can chose your level of training from Basic to Intermediate to Advance.
  • Self-Assessment Guides from FSA are also a great tool.

 

Now that you are all excited about financial aid training, get out there and get started.  Do something each month, even each week, to keep up to date on the changes that are happening.  Telling your auditor “I didn’t know that” is not going to get you out of trouble.

NASFAA Leadership Conference

By Debbie Brewer

This will be my very first blog post.

So I thought my trip to Washington DC for the NASFAA Leadership conference was going to be like Reese Witherspoon in the movie Legally Blonde when she goes to Washington DC to fight for animal rights. I can say it was not like that at all.

I had never been to Washington DC before. The hotel and conference were in Arlington, VA. The hotel was wonderful and the people in the area were extremely helpful and kind. I was surprised as I walked around the area that you have to pay to park everywhere. You have to pay to park at the grocery store. I knew I was not in Kansas anymore.

I participated in the Association Management Pathway. I was teamed up with a great group of people. One of them was Vicki Kucera, the RMASFAA President Elect. I also worked with the incoming Utah state president and the incoming South Dakota state president. It was nice to work with other RMASFAA members. We were able to interact with NASFAA members from across the U.S.

We had engaging speakers that shared very pertinent information. There were plenty of opportunities for lively discussion and idea sharing. I left with many questions and a lot of great information. I had the benefit of attending while Brenda Hicks, current KASFAA president, was on the planning committee for the conference. We were able to share a dinner together and do some planning for the upcoming year. She has been a wonderful mentor this year.

My trip ended with visits to Capitol Hill. I have to admit that I was very nervous about it. There was no reason to be nervous. It was an honor to be in such a historical place. It was fun to recognize that we were actually the experts while talking to the representatives. Brenda and I visited Jerry Moran’s office and Pat Roberts’ office.

I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity.

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Spring Conference Award Ceremony

Spring KASFAA has come and gone. It was an awesome few days jam packed full of good times and good take home information! The award banquet took place during the conference and we had some pretty important members to recognize! Please see the following award recipients:

10 Years of Service

Tamara Bright – Mid-America Nazarene University

Tricia Brothers – Tabor College

Aimee Campbell – Southwestern College

Kody Carlson – Kansas State University

Vicky Cooper – Emporia State University

Crystal Crank – Butler County Community College

Kara Hale – Neosho County Community College

Felicia Johnson – Kansas City KS Community College

Kathy Johnston – Labette Community College

Kelli Lowe-Heying – Credit World Services

Teresa Moore – Wichita State University

Penny Nemechek – Northwest Kansas Technical College

Lyndsi Romero – Central Christian College of Kansas

Janice Spencer – Friends University

Linda Spohn – ITT Technical Institute

Katie Starling – Kansas State University

 

15 Years of Service

Ruth Anderson – Johnson County Community College

Julia Blanken – Pittsburg State University

Kathleen Blau – Garden City Community College

Kelly Cole – Johnson County Community College

Donna Fisher – Seward County Community College

Karen Glenn – Johnson County Community College

Bruce Lopez – Credit World Services

Kristy Moreno – Johnson County Community College

Lina Ossiander – Kansas Board of Regents

Brandon Pierce – Friends University

Larry Ramos – Wichita State University

Diana VanDyke – Butler County Community College

Jennifer Zabokrtsky – Cloud County Community College

20 Years of Service

Kent Adams – Pratt Community College

Jan Batley – Mid-America Nazarene University

Debbie Bisch – Dodge City Community College

Stephanie Covington – University of Kansas

Tony Graber – Bethel College

Cynthia Kleinsorge – Johnson County Community College

Ralph LoBosco – US Department of Education

Tony Lubbers – Friends University

Amy Moeder – Fort Hays State University

Valerie Poulson – University of Kansas Medical Center

25 Years of Service

Sara Honeck – University of Kansas Medical Center

Jan Horosz – Johnson County Community College

Diane Lindeman – Kansas Board of Regents

Harlan Plunkett – Mid America Nazarene University

Mary Frances Riner – University of Kansas

Kelly Twombly – Highland Community College

30 Years of Service

Keith Fitzsimmons – University of Kansas Medical Center

Retirement Recognition

Kathleen Blau – Garden City Community College

Jane Burgess – Hutchinson Community College

Jolene Clark – Cloud County Community College

Gail Palmer – Washburn University

Nancy Seal – Labette County Community College

Special Recognition

Paula Gordon – ATAC Corporation

Hall of Fame 

Linda Oldham Burns

Meritorious Achievement

Gary Bateman

Lois Madson

Deborah Byers Outstanding Service

Keith Fitzsimmons

Committee of the Year

Training Committee

Big congrats to Keith Fitzsimmons on his Tri-fecta! Thanks to the Awards Committee for putting together a great ceremony to recognize these fine KASFAA folks. We are a rare bread and deserve a little recognition!

IMG_2392_2The KASFAA Newbies! Welcome!

Compliance Enhancement and Default Management

Dear Colleagues –

Passing along this information from former RMASFAA President and long-time friend of the association, John Gritts.  As many of you may be aware, John continues to work on behalf of students within the Department of Education’s FSA Minority-Serving and Under-Resourced Schools Division.  A two-day training session will be held in Denver at the Regional Training Facility at the Cesar Chavez Building (13th & Speer Blvd.) in Denver on June 14th and 15th.  John will be co-facilitating the training with Sarah Angilello, also of the Dept. of ED.

Registration is free (please note that you must register for each day) and open to all institutions, but seating is limited.  Questions regarding the training may be directed to john.gritts@ed.gov or sarah.angilello@ed.gov

Best,

Joe Donlay, RMASFAA President

Dear President/Chancellor:

 

The U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Minority-Serving and Under-Resourced Schools Division (MSURSD) is pleased to announce the two-day workshop series,

Compliance Enhancement and Default Management.”  The workshop will be presented in a lecture format with facilitated discussion.

 

Who should attend the training?


Because meeting compliance goals in the delivery of Title IV aid requires a proactive institutional approach, we encourage bursars, registrars, and financial aid, fiscal affairs, and student accounts staff to attend the training.

 

What will the workshop cover?


The workshop consists of four modules that address the most common findings from audits and program reviews.  The workshop will also include updates on pertinent Title IV rules, regulations and/or regulatory guidance.

 

Day One – Topics

Early FAFSA Submission/FSA Reporting Requirements/Best Practices for Building a Collaborative Team/Federal Updates.

 

Day Two – Topics

What is Default Management/CDR Appeal and Challenge Processes/Borrower Repayment Options/How to Interpret CDR Reports/MSURSD Financial Literacy Tool Kit

 

When, where and how long are the workshops?


The workshops listed below will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at approximately 4:30 p.m.

 

2016 Date

              Location

City

State

March 8-9

Atlanta Regional Training Facility                 

Atlanta

GA      

March 8-9

Dallas Regional Training Facility       

Dallas

TX       

March 15-16

Benedict College                                

Columbia

SC            

March 22-23

Washington DC Regional Training Facility    

Washington

DC      

March 28-29

University of Houston, Clearlake                   

Houston

TX         

March 29-30

Jackson State University                    

Jackson

MS      

April 4-5

Universidad Politécnica de P.R.                     

San Juan

PR       

April 5-6

Miami Dade College                          

Miami

FL        

April 5-6

Xavier University                                

New Orleans

LA                 

April 5-6

Lawson State Community College

Birmingham

AL

April 6-7

Pontificia Universidad Católica de P.R.         

Ponce

PR            

April 12-13

Hampton University                                       

Hampton

VA       

April 12-13

New York Regional Training Facility             

New York

NY       

April 12-13

South Texas College                          

Weslaco

TX

April 19-20

City College of Chicago

Chicago

IL        

April 20-21

Universidad Interamericana de P.R.             

Aguadilla

PR       

April 26-27

San Francisco Regional Facility                     

San Francisco

CA       

April 26-27

Philander Smith College   

Little Rock

AR       

May 3-4

Mount San Antonio College               

Walnut

CA

May 11-12

New School of Architecture and Design        

San Diego

CA       

May 17-18

North Carolina A&T               

Greensboro

NC       

June 14-15

Denver Regional Training Facility                          

Denver

CO

August 1-5

Salish Kootenai College

Pablo

MT      

 

Do I need to bring anything to the workshop?


When you submit your registration form, you will receive a confirmation email with detailed instructions for downloading and printing training materials. 

 

You will need to print the training materials and bring them to the workshop.  In an effort to reduce costs, as well as provide the most current information in our training, we will not have printed material available the day of training.

 

How do I register and how do I find directions to the workshop sites?
You may register here: (PRESS “CTRL” and CLICK) http://fsaregistration.ed.gov/d/0fqz67

 

Please complete the registration form completely for the site you select. When you register, you will be able to see detailed information about the location, including parking information and directions to each campus.

                             

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the information in this letter, please contact Mrs. Dolores Davis at (404) 974-9308 or Dolores.davis@ed.gov.

                             

Sincerely,

 

Marcia D. Boyd

 

Marcia D. Boyd, Ed.D.

Director

Minority Serving and Under Resourced Schools Division

 

cc:  Institutional Financial Aid Director

       Institutional Chief Fiscal Officer

President’s Blog

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Last week, I represented the state of Kansas at the RMASFAA board winter meeting in Denver, Colorado.  Some of you may have seen pictures of this event on Facebook. 

The meeting was extremely productive and I felt very proud of the sunflower state as I sat around the table.  In particular, you can be especially proud of Donna Carter from Wichita State University who is representing the state very well as the current RMASFAA Treasurer.  We all know how terrific Donna is here – it’s nice to see other people noticing her and her talents as well.

Another one of our members was lifted up during committee reports.  The conference committee announced that Tony Lubbers from Friends University has been selected as a keynote speaker for the 2016 RMASFAA Conference that will be held this year in Rapid City, South Dakota.  Some of you may have heard Tony give his speech on Presidents at the KASFAA conference.  I understand that he will be doing something similar – but not exactly the same for RMASFAA.  It is nice of Tony to share his talents and historical knowledge with us!  Thank you, Tony, for representing KASFAA in this important way.

Our very own Robb Cummings from Sallie Mae was also present in the meeting representing the Associate sector.  (We sat together and tried very hard not to cause too much trouble – unsure how well we succeeded.)

RMASFAA, like KASFAA and many other non-profit associations, is evaluating how it does business in today’s world.  Watch for important news concerning officer duties and changes as a result of great discussions around the table about more efficient use of resources and shifts in duties that will help RMASFAA meet the recommendations of its auditors.  *New compliance tool rolling out this year.    Art reported on his experience sitting on the NASFAA board and announced that NASFAA is in the process of creating another really cool tool (think AskRegs) for the membership that will be unveiled at the 50th Anniversary Celebration!  I personally can’t wait for this one.

Other Kansan’s who are participating in RMASFAA in meaningful ways are:  Aimee Campbell from Southwestern College who just agreed to be the Kansas representative on the Association News committee, Christal Williams from Johnson County who is participating on the Conference Program sub-committee, LaLisa Coley from Hutchinson Community College and Sheelu Surender from Wichita State University who are participating on the Diversity & Multi-Cultural Initiatives committee, Russ McBee from Dodge City Community College and Macklin Schwartz from Emporia State University who are on the Electronic Initiatives committee – Russ is serving as the chair this year, Brandon Winters from Manhattan Christian College who is serving on the Membership committee, and Lois Madsen from Kansas Wesleyan University, Sara Vancil from the University of Kansas and Angie Zoerlin from Wichita State University who are on the Summer Institute committee – Sara is serving as Faculty Dean and Lois is also serving on the Training committee.  (If I have forgotten your name – please let me know.)

It is nice to see Kansas active and alive in the programming of RMASFAA!