Monday, February 25, 2013


Submitted by Michael Reynolds, SASFAA Vice President

New Aid Officers Workshop
Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama
June 16-21, 2013

The SASFAA New Aid Officers Workshop is an intense professional development activity designed to provide a working knowledge of the federal financial aid programs, as well as an understanding of the laws and regulations that govern these programs. The curriculum will take the student from A-Z covering the basics of financial aid.

Intended Audience
The workshop is intended for new financial aid administrators with less than three years of experience in the field of financial aid. Other individuals whose professional responsibilities include significant contact with the financial aid process are welcome to attend the workshop on a space-available basis. Preference will be given to financial aid administrators.

Format of Workshop
A carefully selected faculty of experienced aid administrators selected from the SASFAA states and representing diverse institutions will provide instruction. These individuals will team-teach and work with the same class of participants throughout the week. Instruction will include the use of case studies, lectures, and interactive instruction. The faculty will be on site for the entire week, providing opportunities for ample interaction outside the classroom.

Location and Dates
The workshop will be held on the campus of Auburn University. Founded in 1856, Auburn University’s  historic campus is in Auburn Alabama. Visit Auburn University’s website at
www.auburnu.edu to view the campus. Classes will be conducted in classrooms that contain PC’s, and other equipment. Participants should plan to arrive no later than 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, 2013 to check-in and take care of on-site registration activities. Check-in and on-site registration will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, 2013. The first class begins at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, 2013. The workshop will end on Friday, June 21, 2013 by 11:30 a.m. for room check-out. Participants may arrive on Saturday, June 16, 2013. Check-in and on-site registration will be available from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm on Saturday. There is an additional charge of $35 if you arrive on Saturday. Please make your travel arrangements to allow you to arrive before the workshop begins on Sunday afternoon and for you to attend all of Friday morning activities.

Registration fee for the workshop is
$675, if registration is completed by May 26, 2013 and $725 if registration is completed after May 26, 2013. The registration fee includes all instructional materials, most meals, housing and your 2012-2013 SASFAA membership ($35). Early arrivals- those arriving on Saturday, June 16, 2013 will be charged an additional $35 fee to cover the additional night’s lodging.

Housing will be provided in The Village Dorms located on Auburn University’s campus. This facility opened in August 2010. This suite style, building has a combination of four person suites with a lounge area and 2 bathrooms within the suite. Each participant has their own bedroom .The Village is located in the West Campus on the corner of Donohue and Magnolia Streets. You must provide your own television, laptop and other electronic devices. Wireless access is available in many areas of campus. Each bedroom has one single bed, one desk and chair, one chest-of-drawers, and one closet. You will need to supply bed linens, wash clothes and towels.
All meals will be cafeteria meals except for Wednesday night. Beginning with dinner on Sunday, June 17, 2013, participants will be provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner except for Wednesday dinner which is on your own. Morning and afternoon breaks will be provided. There are several special activities and functions planned throughout the week.

Auburn University is located in east Alabama. The campus can be accessed easily from the Hartsfield Atlanta airport, the Montgomery Airport or the Birmingham Airport. There are two airport shuttles that service from Montgomery- Groome Transportation-Auburn, and Express 85.Vist their websites at  www.groometransportation.com 
  and www.express85.com for schedule and cost.  You are responsible for your transportation from the airport to Auburn University. For driving directions, please visit Auburn University’s website at http://www.auburn.edu/map/directions.html

You can register for this workshop online. Space is limited so register early!

For more information contact:

            Michael Reynolds, SASFAA Vice President
Ellen Green, Curriculum Coordinator