Building Knowledge to Serve Students

Hello, friends!

I hope the beginning of October is treating you well. Has anyone’s office slowed down yet? I would assume not with PPY and the FAFSA opening on October 1st, but this opportunity allows us to help students take the steps in attaining their college dreams for an extended period of time. I love serving students and parents. Knowing you make a difference in the lives of others is such a wonderful gift we are given in our profession.

In order to be able to fully and efficiently serve students, it is crucial to have the knowledgebase in your field of expertise. If you need to build or refresh your financial aid knowledge, we have just the place for you! Boot Camp will allow you to build your financial aid knowledge one brick at a time. Boot Camp will be a jam-packed two and a half days, but you will walk away with invaluable information, connections from all over our region, and the opportunity to test for NASFAA Credentials (11 topics to be exact). Trust me, you do not want to miss out!

Our Boot Camp trainers have 57 years of combined financial aid experienced and are ready to help you build/refresh your knowledge or prepare you for the NASFAA credentials! In case you have not had the opportunity to read about us and our (AWESOME) fun facts, now is the time take a gander: http://swasfaa.org/docs/conferences/site/bootcamp.html. You can also view our agenda: http://swasfaa.org/docs/conferences/2016/2016SWASFAA_BootCampAgenda.pdf

Boot Camp will cost $275 which includes 4 meals provided and the ability to credential in 11 NASFAA topics. Hotel reservations must be made by this Friday, October 7th in order to get the $139 room rate. Late registration will begin on October 29th and the price will be $325.

**The SWASFAA Board recently made a policy change and we will now allow non-SWASFAA members to attend Boot Camp. Non-SWASFAA member price will be $375. If you are interested in attending Boot Camp as a non-SWASFAA member, please contact Mendy Schmerer directly via email, mendy-schmerer@ouhsc.edu, so you can be registered manually.**

If you have any questions about Boot Camp, please do not hesitate to contact Mendy Schmerer or myself. We hope to see you in a little over a month in OKC!

Best,

Sarah Webb
SWASFAA Boot Camp Co-Chair 2016
Sarah.Webb@utsa.edu

Learning the Financial Aid Route!

Hello SWASFAA friends!

Boot Camp is a little less than two months away! If you are a new financial aid administrator looking to build a solid foundation as you move forward in your position, this is the perfect training opportunity for you. Boot Camp will allow you to make connections with other FAAs from our region while providing an in-depth training over the financial aid process.

During the two and a half days, Boot Camp will provide you with basic financial aid knowledge beginning with the FAFSA application all the way through Return of Title IV. While we will be covering a vast amount of information in a short amount of time, don’t worry! You will receive all the NASFAA Core materials as a take-away so you can continue to learn the financial aid route after Boot Camp. Please visit the Boot Camp Agenda to find out more on the topics your SWASFAA trainers will be covering, meals provided and more!

Another incredible opportunity for Boot Camp attendees is to test for NASFAA Credential at no additional cost to you! We are currently offering credentials in Verification and Direct Loans. The Boot Camp trainers are diligently working on being credentialed in Application, Cost of Attendance, Student Eligibility, Federal Methodology, Campus Based, Pell Grant, Professional Judgment, and Satisfactory Academic Progress. For more information about this amazing offer and what it means to be credentialed, visit NASFAA University.

I do hope you will join us for a wonderful time in Albuquerque, NM at the Sandia Resort and Casino. Through this experience you will not only gain invaluable knowledge regarding Financial Aid, but will also have a chance to experience the amazing Land of Enchantment! Registration is currently open through October 23, 2015. Register by this date in order to not be charged the late registration fee starting on October 24, 2015.

Sarah Webb
SWASFAA Boot Camp Trainer
The University of Texas at San Antonio

 

Participate in the Parade of Knowledge!

Hello SWASFAA friends!

Can you believe the Annual Conference, Boot Camp, and Leadership Development are less than TWO months away? As a financial aid professional, you already know how things are constantly changing in our field. With those changes, our knowledge base needs to accommodate the most recent federal regulations along with remembering the nuances that build a solid foundation. Whether you are a new to the business or are a veteran, Boot Camp is the place for you!

During the fun-filled two and a half days, Boot Camp will provide you with basic financial aid knowledge beginning with the FAFSA application all the way through Return of Title IV. While we will be covering a vast amount of information in a short amount of time, don’t worry! You will receive all the NASFAA Core materials as a take-away so you can continue the “Parade of Knowledge” after Boot Camp. Please visit the Boot Camp Agenda to find out more on the topics your SWASFAA trainers will be covering. Another incredible opportunity for Boot Camp attendees is to take the NASFAA credential test for the modules that are taught by a NASFAA credentialed instructor at no cost to you! I would encourage you to look into being credentialed through NASFAA University and to take advantage of this offer.

I do hope you will join us for a wonderful time in New Orleans. Through this experience you will not only gain invaluable knowledge regarding Financial Aid, you will also have a chance to experience the amazing culture of New Orleans (and don’t forget about the FOOD)! Registration is currently open through October 24, 2014. Register by this date in order to not be charged the late registration fee starting on October 25, 2014.

Sarah Webb
SWASFAA Boot Camp Trainer
University of Texas at San Antonio