• Why Join WASFAA?
    WASFAA's mission is to promote financial aid awareness and educational opportunities for students by providing professional development opportunities for its members. WASFAA's eight states and territories are comprised of Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and the Pacific Islands.

    Training opportunities, Networking and Developing Friendships, Professional Development that Helps Members Grow Outside their Current Position... And More!

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    President's Highlights - December - Helen Faith

    "Six trips in seven weeks"–book title or story of my life? You be the judge!

    In October, I was honored to be a guest at four state conferences: IASFAA (Idaho), WFAA (Washington), NAFAA (Nevada), and CASFAA (California). I filled you in on Idaho and Washington last month, so this month I get to talk about Nevada and California.


  • Re: ED-2017-OS-0074-0001 Request for Comment

    The Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA) represents over 600 financial aid professionals in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and the Pacific Islands. Our mission includes advancing access and choice to higher education through the administration of student financial assistance programs. Read More of the Cover Letter.

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  • WASFAA December 2017 Newsletter

    The newest WASFAA newsletter is now available to download and read!

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What's New WASFAA Training

2018 WASFAA Sister Dale Brown Summer Institute
June 4-8, 2018
University of Nevada, Reno

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2018 WASFAA Conference; 'Together We Rise'; Grove Hotel | Boise, ID | April 22-24, 2018
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Registration Now Open

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WASFAA is pleased to pass along CASFAA's news announcing the ever popular "Tax Transcript Decoder©" courtesy of our esteemed colleague and lifetime member of CASFAA Cheryl Foster-Hunt.

2017-18 Tax Transcript Decoder

The tax transcript decoder assists financial aid administrators with completing the verification process for 2017-2018. This publication includes sample 2015 tax returns - Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A and Form 1040 - and related tax transcripts. In addition to these cross-referenced documents, the publication also includes appendix items helpful in the process of verification. Please feel free to share this useful tool with other schools.

A little bit about the Decoder's creator: Cheryl has worked in the financial aid industry for 27 years. For the past 11 years she has provided regulatory and compliance training to higher education professionals across the country. She is a versatile training professional who excels at taking complex information and presenting it in an easy-to-understand, interesting and entertaining way. Cheryl has an uncommon blend of hands-on experience in the financial aid office, strong public speaking skills and the ability to develop and deliver high quality training.

If you have any questions for Cheryl, please feel free to email her at or send her a message through LinkedIn at

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