KASFAA at the State Capitol

Six KASFAA members were present on January 24, 2017 for the signing of a Proclamation by Governor Sam Brownback declaring February to be Financial Aid Awareness Month.  This is a great time to promote completion of the FAFSA with the students at your institutions.  Early FAFSA has become a reality, and with KASFAA training initiatives now occurring in October there is discussion that Financial Aid Awareness Month should correspond to that time frame. It seems that most of us would concur with that sentiment.

Attendees from left to right:  Cindy Kleinsorge, Tony Lubbers, Vanessa Jones, Tammy Higgins, Debbie Brewer, and Nathan Buchefinancial-aid-awareness-2017

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.

Capitol hill visitCapital hill Brenda and I

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


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




March 8-9

Atlanta Regional Training Facility                 



March 8-9

Dallas Regional Training Facility       



March 15-16

Benedict College                                



March 22-23

Washington DC Regional Training Facility    



March 28-29

University of Houston, Clearlake                   



March 29-30

Jackson State University                    



April 4-5

Universidad Politécnica de P.R.                     

San Juan


April 5-6

Miami Dade College                          



April 5-6

Xavier University                                

New Orleans


April 5-6

Lawson State Community College



April 6-7

Pontificia Universidad Católica de P.R.         



April 12-13

Hampton University                                       



April 12-13

New York Regional Training Facility             

New York


April 12-13

South Texas College                          



April 19-20

City College of Chicago



April 20-21

Universidad Interamericana de P.R.             



April 26-27

San Francisco Regional Facility                     

San Francisco


April 26-27

Philander Smith College   

Little Rock


May 3-4

Mount San Antonio College               



May 11-12

New School of Architecture and Design        

San Diego


May 17-18

North Carolina A&T               



June 14-15

Denver Regional Training Facility                          



August 1-5

Salish Kootenai College




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.




Marcia D. Boyd


Marcia D. Boyd, Ed.D.


Minority Serving and Under Resourced Schools Division


cc:  Institutional Financial Aid Director

       Institutional Chief Fiscal Officer