• 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 - February - Mike Johnson

    Greetings WASFAA members!

    The year seems to be flying by lately. I know that things arenít really moving faster than usual; perhaps my skewed sense of time is related to the number of WASFAA-related things that came up in January and will continue into February, and to my realization that the year is winding down and thereís still much left to do. So, hereís a longer list of highlights than usual, presented roughly chronologically and covering whatís been happening lately and what will happen soon.


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  • WASFAA Talking Points for Hill Visits 2017

    The Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA), represents financial aid professionals in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and the Pacific Islands. As a professional association committed to the effective delivery of federal student aid to needy and eligible students, we are requesting your consideration of the following student financial aid issues. Read More.

  • NASFAA Scholarship Program for Financial Aid Administrators

    In honor of NASFAA's 50th anniversary, NASFAA's Past Presidents and National Chairs contributed to the Dallas Martin Endowment to establish a need-based scholarship program for financial aid administrators from each region who are pursuing higher education. One award of $2,750 will be made to a WASFAA-region financial aid administrator who is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university.

    Applications must be received by Friday, March 3, 2017 by 5:00 PM MST.
    Applicants will be notified of the selection committee's decision by Friday, March 31, 2017.

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What's New WASFAA Training

2017 WASFAA Sister Dale Brown Summer Institute
June 5-9, 2017
University of Nevada, Reno

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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.

The tax transcript decoder assists financial aid administrators with completing the verification process for 2016-2017. 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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