New Website Up!

By: Diana VanDyke

The new website is up! We tried to simplify some of the paths to make it easier to find what you are looking for. The main page was also revamped to give instant access to The Oz-Sociated Press and events Calendar. We have also added advertising to allow our vendors the opportunity to have a presence on our website. The other major change is the rolling pictures at the bottom of the page. Those are campus pictures from every member college!

Kudos to the Website Task Force that started the process rolling and the Electronic Resource Committee and the Training Committee as well as the board for your help with figuring out what changes needed to be made and getting the information together. And a big Thank You to Paula and ATAC for converting our ideas into reality. You all made a spectacular website!

Now is your time to jump out on the website and get familiar with the AWESOME, REMARKABLE, MONUMENTAL, MIND BLOWING changes! Visit the website at

Whatever Happened to…ep.2

Next in the series by

Keith Fitzsimmons,

Cub Reporter, KASFAA Blog

I left Friends University just after Labor Day in 2017 after 21 years and moved to Warrensburg, MO to be the Director of Student Financial Assistance at the University of Central Missouri.  I moved up here in September and Shawn joined me three months later when we moved into our new home.  The funny thing about the home buying: I was in charge of it.  She had not seen our new home except in online pictures so it was quite an exciting time for her (and stressful for me: what if she hated it?)  While this move was a stressful one (don’t let anybody tell you different:  moving sucks!), Shawn and I managed to get moved into a home just before Christmas 2017.  In 2019, we will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary and have booked a trip to Paris in June.  We are excited about this trip and about renewing our vows after 25 years.

While I have struggled making the leap from a private, four year institution to a public, four year institution, many things remained familiar to me: budget cuts, down-sizing of staff, etc.  I am also working to understand the Gainful Employment regulations as they are trying to implement that here.  Yay…(note the sarcastic tone in that “Yay”)  They have a great bunch of people in the Financial Aid Office (and outside of Financial Aid) who I enjoy working with.  I am also making new friends in the Missouri Association, while staying in contact with my KASFAA family.  Fortunately, I didn’t wait 9 years to volunteer to chair a committee here like I did in KASFAA!  I will be chairing the Legislative Committee for 2019 and look forward to the job.  I wish everyone well in KASFAA in this new year and hope to see y’all in the near future!

Take care,

Tony Lubbers

Tony Lubbers

Whatever Happened To… ep.1

From: Keith Fitzsimmons

There’s No Place Like Home…….

KASFAA!!!!!!  Oh, how I’ve missed you!  My last year in KASFAA was 2010.  Boy does time fly!  After 9 years (4 as a student worker and 5 on staff) at FHSU I left for the Big City in February 2010 and headed to work for the company formerly known as Perceptive Software.  Many of you know them because of their main software product ImageNow.

Kansas City has treated me well and somehow I’m already at 9 years here!  My work in Software sales didn’t last long and 13 months later I was hired on as the Director of Financial Aid at Avila University.  For those of you unfamiliar, Avila is a small private Catholic institution and it is literally just on the other side of the state line in Kansas City.  Kansas was less than half a mile away but that meant even though I was back in Financial Aid I was half a mile away from my KASFAA and RMASFAA friends!  No worries though, I picked up right where I left off and for the past 8 years have been heavily involved in MASFAP and MASFAA!  Believe it or not these Midwest folks are almost just as charming, friendly and fun as you Rocky Mountain folks are!

It’s been a wild ride personally for me this last year. At the 2017 FSA Conference in Orlando my boyfriend at the time surprised me with a ring and on October 27, 2018 I married my knight in shining armor!  We sold our house in Kansas City MO and jumped the state line back to KS and now are living happily ever after in Overland Park KS!  Times are a changing……….new husband, new house and I have one more NEW thing to announce too!  NEW JOB!!!!! (not a new baby for all you anxious friends of mine!)

As of February 11th I will be the new Relationship Manager Account Executive for Citizens Bank working with the student lending side of the house!  And I’LL BE BACK IN KANSAS!!!! I was so excited to learn that Kansas would be one of the states I’d be covering.  I’m a western KS girl born and raised and so many of you I’ve been able to keep in touch with over the years via social media, conferences, or even a happy hour now and then!  I’m excited for this transition and cannot wait to reconnect as well as meet many others that I haven’t crossed paths with yet!

Here’s to an exciting 2019!  I’m hoping each and every one of you is off to a great start this year and I can’t wait for the hugs and smiles each of us will share this year!



Crystal M. DeLong (Bruntz)

P.S. I don’t have my new work email address yet but my personal email is

Summer Institute Scholarship Info.

Are you interested in attending RMASFAA’s Summer Institute?


Summer Institute will be held June 2-7, 2019 at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. There are options for everyone! Brand new financial aid administrators, those who are more intermediate and those who are aspiring or new Directors will all find a track to sign up for! The training for the week is based on the NASFAA U curriculum.

KASFAA will pick at least four members to win a full registration scholarship (includes lodging and meals.) Your school must cover transportation costs.

To apply for one of these scholarships, please fill out the online application.

Applications are due February 1.

Let me know if you have questions!

Sara Vancil

KASFAA President

Winter Board Meeting ’18 Update

By: Sara Vancil

Hello KASFAA friends!

The Board of Directors just had our winter board meeting.  I wanted to provide some key updates to the entire membership about the work of KASFAA since our last Board meeting.  Our various committees have been working diligently to fulfill their missions as well as the goals laid out for them in our three-year Strategic Long Range Plan.


  • Our drive-in trainings this fall at five different sites using two NASAFAA U credentials were a success, with nearly 90 registrants. The Board voted to create a permanent Professional Development committee, which will host trainings for our members separate from our annual conference.  We would like to continue with NASFAA U credential opportunities and expand into other topics as well, including possibly bringing back a workshop for support staff.


  • The Membership Committee is working to get all our members renewed and paid before spring conference registration opens up. They have also been working on a plan to be even more robust in our welcome of new members at the upcoming conference.  If you are new to KASFAA, be sure to attend the conference in Lawrence and be recognized!


  • The Outreach Training Committee had 314 attendees at the Counselor Training Workshops in late September, which was an 18% increase over last year. All the materials from the training are on our website for counselors to access so feel free to pass this on as a resource!  The committee will be moving its attention next to brainstorming other ways that KASFAA can connect with and train our partners across the state.  One idea is possible training on next steps after FAFSA like reading award letters and helping students and parents with reviewing costs and accepting aid.



  • ATAC, our website provider, is in the midst of an overhaul of our website thanks to the hard work of our Electronic Resources Committee. The homepage will feature a much streamlined menu structure, rotating pictures of all of our member institutions, and easy access to the latest news and events.


  • The Finance Committee drafted a new investment and reserve policy which the Board reviewed. We expect to approve the new policy in April after additional work to find an appropriate short-term investment vehicle for some of our funds, such as a money market account.  KASFAA’s balance sheet and budget is available for your review.


  • The Board decided to engage the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, KS to host our April 2021 conference. We were last in Manhattan in 2016 and enjoyed our stay so we’re going back!  Upcoming conferences include April 3-5, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lawrence (submit a session proposal now!) and April 1-3, 2020 at the Atrium Conference Center in Hutchinson.


  • The Board approved the addition of a new KASFAA Rising Star award to our list of awards given each year. This award will recognize members with fewer than five years of experience in KASFAA who show promise for future contributions.  It will honor those who demonstrate passion, professionalism, and dedication to our profession.  Nominate someone today!


  • The Archive committee is finalizing the plan to electronically archive all of the materials we stored in hard copy for many years. Along with that, we have a box full of photos.  We’re going to ask for everyone’s help at spring conference to identify places and faces in these photos.  We’ll also have some photos to give away if you’re interested!


  • Don’t forget to apply for a scholarship to attend RMASFAA’s Summer Institute! Deadline to apply is February 1.  SI will be June 2-7 in Colorado Springs.


As you can see by this update, KASFAA is in good shape!  We have nearly 80 individuals who serve on the board and committees.  THANK YOU to everyone for putting their time, talents and energy into this association.  Thank you giving me the opportunity serve all of you this year as KASFAA President.  I’ll be attending the RMASFAA winter board meeting in March as the Kansas State Delegate and will report back!  Happy Holidays and good luck with spring startup!

Sara Vancil