Monday, November 13, 2017

EM Forum, Gold Star Award, Giving Thanks

Professional Advancement Committee

The first SASFAA Enrollment Management Forum was recently held in Orlando, FL.  The Forum covered a wide array of topics, from the history of Enrollment Management (EM), to the strengths and weaknesses of Financial Aid Administrators in EM roles, to the research foundation of EM, to the process of writing a Strategic Enrollment Management Plan.  Both attendees and presenters represented a mosaic of the SASFAA membership, with 4 Year Public, Private, Community College and Graduate schools all represented.  This diversity of representation allowed for an incredible amount of information sharing and growth.    

Special thanks to our presenters, who were unanimously deemed “extremely knowledgeable” by the attendees:

Dr. Forrest Stuart, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director of Financial Aid at Furman University in Greenville, SC
Mr. Chuck Knepfle, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Clemson University in Clemson, SC
Mr. Daniel Barkowitz, Assistant Vice President for Financial Aid and Veteran’s Affairs at Valencia College – West Campus in Orlando, FL

The Enrollment Management Forum was a new venture for SASFAA.  Thank you to President Oliver for the opportunity to try something new and to the fabulous attendees who made the Forum so interactive.  I am happy to report that all of the attendees indicated that the information learned in the Forum will not only assist them in their current position, but will also help further their career goals. 

Celena Tulloss, Vice President

SASFAA Professional Advancement Committee

NASFAA Gold Star Award - Update

Global Issues
Joan Bailey - Global Issues Chair 2017-18

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Conference Registration, Alabama and Electronic Services Updates

Registration is open and information is posted on the SASFAA.org website.

Register Today!

Runan Pendergrast - Conference Committee Chair 2017-18

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Global Issues and Georgia Update

Joan Bailey - Global Issues Chair 2017-18

Georgia Update

  • ·         Mercer University hosted our 1.5-day Fall Workshop where we trained 160+ members on a variety of topics; NASFAA Core, Technical Track, State Updates, and New Aid Academy.
  • ·         We unveiled a new GASFAA Logo (See Above) to our members.  After 50 Years we decided a new and refreshing look was needed, one of our very own GA Students created the logo for us.
  • ·         We began a giving campaign for our memorial scholarship, we established a $2000 goal, which we are 1/3 of the way to reaching.  

Stephen Andersen - Georgia State President 2017-18

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Benefits of Membership

The Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA) is an anchor for its membership. Professionals, both new and seasoned, from public and private four-year colleges & universities, community colleges, graduate & professional schools, career schools, student lending organizations, guarantors, consulting groups, government agencies, and financial aid software companies find value in SASFAA membership.

Benefits of SASFAA membership include networking with experienced colleagues, up-to-date information on federal changes and new aid programs, participation in important legislative advocacy efforts, nationally renowned training programs for all levels, an active listserv and Nine News blog that allow constant communication with your peers (including financial aid announcements, relevant articles and job postings), volunteer opportunities and leadership positions, and a 4-day annual conference that invites experts from the U.S. Department of Education and financial aid organizations throughout the country to share knowledge and best practices.

Membership dues are only $35.  If you haven’t already, consider joining SASFAA or renewing your membership today!  We look forward to serving you.

Dr. Sharon Oliver, 2017-2018 SASFAA President

Jenelle Handcox, 2017-2018 SASFAA Membership Chair

Monday, October 9, 2017

A Message from the Legacy-Long Range Planning Committee Chair

Our SASFAA long range plan is set to be reviewed and updated in 2022.   In order to prepare for this review President Oliver has given me the opportunity to chair the Legacy-Long Range Planning Committee.  I am happy to have on the committee; Marian Dill- Lee University, Amy Berrier-UNC Greensboro, and Heather Boutell- Bellarmine.   Our task is to ensure that goals and objectives are being met within the time frame set.

President Oliver also has given me the task of ensuring our Legacy (SASFAA’s) continues to serve the purpose as to which it was created. 

Why was SASFAA created you may ask; because individuals had a vision and desire to provide an avenue for a support and resource network which provides training opportunities that enable and enhance the ethical delivery of educational resources to students, to cultivate personal and professional leadership development among our members, and to advocate for public policies that support financial aid programs.

What does legacy mean to you?  I am sure we all may have a different idea of what legacy means, and I was surprised to find so many different definitions, depending on the context in which used.  I believe that legacy is something that is passed on to us whether by family, culture or organizations.    As a member of SASFAA I am proud of the Legacy of SASFAA!

SASFAA’s Legacy, comes at us from the past, and affects our present and also our future. We must as members of our regional association remember that the life of SASFAA’s Legacy is in our hands and it’s our responsibility to preserve and develop it into something that we are proud to pass on to our future members.  We must continue to provide training opportunities to better serve our students and their families, and to ensure that we cultivate future leaders within our association, in doing this SASFAA’S Legacy will continue.

With this year’s theme:  “Optimizing Student Success through Advocacy Support and Outreach, SASFAA’s Legacy will live on”.

Nathan R. Basford, Jr.

Florida State University.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Investing In A Caring Association

     Hearing a financial aid representative state on the last day of August that he was feeling very good and had experienced a quiet day, led me to reflect upon the federal changes that were implemented to enhance our operations during fall registration.  While we experienced the same pace for registration in our office, days filled with many office visitors and high call volumes, I must admit that most of the students did have a FAFSA on file.  I have concluded that a better timeframe to fully assess the success of the new federal changes will be when we are free of 399s, and the DRT is live and functional.  As we advance from registration to travel to the regional association activities.  I wish to provide updates regarding board members, volunteers, goals, membership dues, and training opportunities.
     We are very excited about the active and passionate board members who have been elected and appointed to execute the duties and responsibilities of our association.  This board is committed to delivering a year of exciting events and activities.  The committee chairpersons did an excellent job with vetting the list of volunteers.   As you are aware, our association is supported through the efforts of volunteers.  We are pleased that an opportunity to serve was offered to all volunteers.  If you did not submit a volunteer form and wish to assist the association, we invite you to serve as a moderator for the annual conference. 
     Great emphasis will be placed upon providing service to our members by offering innovative and just-in-time training opportunities, engaging members through a communication blog, and surveying the membership for preconference sessions, and webinars.  Here are the President’s Goals for 2017-18:
  •  Develop a mentorship guide for new members, and collaboratively work with State Presidents to engage new members
  • Identify duties and responsibilities for Treasurer-Elect
  • Increase webinars for training and development of members
  •  Assess the New Aid Officers' Workshop
  • Increase the number of SASFAA members earning NASFAA credentials
  • Review and implement Cost Containment Task Force Recommendations

     We would like for you to benefit from the many offerings that will be held on this year as an active participate in the association.  An inaugural Enrollment Management Symposium will be held on October 22-25, 2017, in Orlando, FL.  There are limited spaces, please register early for this event.  Additionally, there will be training sessions offered through webinars designed to meet the needs of our members. 

Please join the regional association by paying $35 for the membership dues by September 15, 2017.  Also, we encourage you to get involved at the state level, and be an active member of your state association.   Members from all states are represented on the regional board.  You may view members from each state by visiting SASFAA’s website.  We are looking forward to a great year with your support.

Sharon Oliver
SASFAA President for 2017-18

Coming in October: Enrollment Management Forum

     Join us for SASFAA’s inaugural Enrollment Management Forum, October 23 – 24, 2017 at the Embassy Suites, Lake Buena Vista Resort, in Orlando, Florida. 

     To many financial aid professionals, enrollment management is this mysterious function at our institution. We know it involves admission, and somehow financial aid. Perhaps we even see retention efforts spearheaded by the enrollment manager… the Great and Wonderful Oz who lives in the Emerald City and sends flying monkeys to spy on financial aid people. Who is this Oz? How did Oz get to be in that position? How do financial aid professionals move into such great and mighty positions? 

Virginia Welcome and News 

     Welcome to the VASFAA Community!   As President for the 2017-18 year I am very excited and honored to be serving this association and its members during the celebration of its 50th Anniversary! 
     VASFAA, established in April 1968, has maintained its mission to promote the professional growth and collaboration of its members in order to serve fairly the needs of students, families, and institutions in matters related to financial and informational resources supporting student’s postsecondary education goals over the last 50 years.  This mission will continue on.
     This year’s VASFAA theme is:
“Coming Together - Celebrating 50 Years of Serving Students, Families, and Institutions”
The VASFAA Executive Board, appointed Committee Chairs, and committee volunteers are already hard at work in preparation to meet the goals outlined during the transition retreat held in June 2017.  These groups have been charged with increasing membership and participation within the association, developing improved communication, and promotion of professional growth and training through workshops, webinars, and the annual conference.  I am very enthusiastic about what this year offers to help VASFAA “Come Together"
     VASFAA is a dynamic organization with financial aid professionals from all sectors.  This organization has a great deal to offer its members and each and every one of its members has a great deal to offer it in return.  Whether you like to give back through volunteerism, have a desire to network with “like-minded” folks, share your knowledge of the industry conducting sessions, or as a participant in training opportunities, VASFAA has value!  As Vince Lombardi said, “The achievements of an organization are the combined efforts of each individual.” The key to VASFAA’s success is its members and their participation. 
     I am excited to be working with such a dedicated and passionate group financial aid professionals, celebrating 50 years of VASFAA’s success, and embarking on an exciting future ahead.  The 50th Anniversary will be held April 29 – May 2, 2018 at the brand new Hilton Main in downtown Norfolk, VA.  We would love to have you join us to celebrate our 50 years of serving students, families, and institutions.

Thank you
Biz Daniel

VASFAA President 2017-18

Monday, June 19, 2017

This Week in Legislation - Week of June 19, 2017

Week of June 19, 2017
·         This week, both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are in session for legislative business. While neither chamber is expected to consider student financial aid-related legislation, the House will consider H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which would reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act that provides funds to states, community colleges, and high schools to improve and promote career and technical education programs.
·         On Tuesday starting at 8:30 a.m., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Gallup, and the American Institutes for Research (with the support of Strada Education Network) host an event to highlight their “Launch My Career” tool. Launch My Career, a state-specific consumer information resource for traditional and nontraditional students, was launched in 2016 to provide program-level outcomes information. The event will highlight how to use the tool to help students identify personally and professionally satisfying career pathways, as well as how the education and business communities can work together to promote these pathways for students. Participants in the event include: Cheryl Oldham, Senior Vice President, Center for Education and Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; Mark Schneider, Vice President and Institute Fellow, American Institutes for Research, and President, College Measures; Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Education and Workforce Development, Gallup; Amelia Bozeman, Executive Director, Business Education Partnership Foundation; Laura Chrisco, Director of Design and Implementation for Texas OnCourse, University of Texas at Austin; Kim Clark, Senior Writer, Money Magazine; Paul Fain, News Editor, Inside Higher Ed; and Robin Wise, President and Chief Executive Officer, Junior Achievement - Rocky Mountain, Inc.
·         On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosts a discussion titled, “Promoting Affordability and Accountability in the U.S. Higher Education System.” The discussion will focus on how states, institutions of higher education, and the federal government can work to promote affordability and accountability. Participants include: The Honorable Tim Scott (R-SC); Sheila Bair, Former President, Washington College, and Former Chair, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Mitch Daniels, President, Purdue University, and Former Governor, State of Indiana; Dr. Mariko Silver, President, Bennington College; Dr. Alisa White, President, Austin Peay State University; and moderator Kimberly Hefling, Senior Education Writer, Politico.
·         On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing entitled, “Free Speech 101: The Assault on the First Amendment on College Campuses.” Witnesses include: Zachary Wood, Student, Williams College; Frederick Lawrence, Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Phi Beta Kappa Society; Isaac Smith, Student, University of Cincinnati College of Law; Dr. Fanta Aw, Interim Vice President of Campus Life, American University; Professor Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California Los Angeles School of Law; Richard Cohen, President, Southern Poverty Law Center; and Floyd Abrams, Senior Counsel, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP.
·         On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., the Brookings Institution hosts a discussion titled, “The Lamppost Theory: Why Economic Policy So Often Comes up Short.” The event will discuss what politicians and economists can learn from each other, and what this all means for the prospects for tax reform in 2017. Participants include: Alan Blinder, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution; Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA); Vin Weber, Partner, Mercury, LLC; and moderator David Wessel, Director, the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy.
·         On Tuesday at 12:45 p.m., House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivers his first major speech on tax reform during an address at the National Association of Manufacturers 2017 Manufacturing Summit: The Resilience of the American Economy. Following his speech, Speaker Ryan will participate in a question and answer session.
·         On Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government holds a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Witnesses include: The Honorable Ajit Pai, Chairman, FCC; The Honorable Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, FCC; and The Honorable Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, FCC.
·         On Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee considers the nominations of Russell Vought to serve as the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Neomi Rao to serve as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at OMB.
·         On Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government holds a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2018 budget request for the Office of Management and Budget. The sole witness will be The Honorable Mick Mulvaney, Director, OMB.
·         On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) hosts a public event on student loan servicing at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. The event will feature remarks from CFPB Director Richard Cordray and North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein.
·         On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing entitled, “Fostering Economic Growth: Regulator Perspective.” Witnesses include: The Honorable Jerome Powell, Member, Federal Reserve System Board of Governors; The Honorable Martin Gruenberg, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; The Honorable Mark McWatters, Acting Chairman, National Credit Union Administration; Keith Noreika, Acting Comptroller, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; and Charles Cooper, Commissioner, Texas Department of Banking, on behalf of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors.
·         On Thursday at 1:30 p.m., Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivers remarks at an event hosted by the National Archives titled, “National Conversation on Rights and Justice: Building a More Perfect Union.” The Secretary will speak during a session regarding “Enlightened and Engaged: Education for Democracy?”
·         On Friday at 2:15 p.m., Federal Reserve Board of Governors Member Jerome Powell gives a speech titled Central Clearing and Liquidity” at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Symposium on Central Clearing in Chicago, IL.
This information is shared by SASFAA's Legislative Affairs' Committee and NCHER.