Last Call for the 2016 Summer Institute!


Financial Aid Pop Quiz:

  1. What are the three methods a student and the parent of a dependent FAFSA applicant can use to sign the FOTW application?
  2. As of April 2016, what is the federal minimum wage?
  3. True or False: A school is required to include in the COA loan fees for nonfederal, conventional alternative or private student loans borrowed by the student.

How sure are you of your answers? You can learn more on these topics, and many others by attending the WASFAA Sister Dale Brown Summer Institute. We are still accepting registrations for both the basic and intermediate tracks, which will be held at Portland State University June 19-24. Faculty will be teaching from NASFAA University curriculum using NASFAA materials, which will prepare each participant to credential at no additional costs (which would normally cost $1782!).

More information and registration is available online. The cost for training, housing and meals is $775; a commuter rate for those not staying at PSU is available for $525 (prices include a $50 required membership fee and a $25 late fee for registrations after May 13).

We hope to see you in Portland!

Pop Quiz Answers:

  1. The FOTW application may be signed electronically using an FSA ID, signed using a printed copy of the FOTW signature page, or by signing a rejected SAR.
  2. $7.25 an hour
  3. False

Summer Institute Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for this year’s WASFAA Sister Dale Brown Summer Institute! SDBSI will be held June 19-24, 2016 at Portland State University in beautiful and exciting Portland, Oregon. We will have two tracks: Basic Track (0-3 years of financial aid or other related experience) and Intermediate Track (3-5 years of financial aid experience). Please visit our webpage for a draft agenda and faculty list. Registration is $700 to stay on campus and $450 for commuters, plus $50 for a 2016-17 WASFAA membership.

The SBDSI is a 6 day boot camp focusing on the fundamentals of financial aid administration. The Intermediate Track will provide participants with 3 to 4 separate sessions in place of some beginners classes from the Basic Track (e.g., Cash Management, Reporting-Certification, FISAP, etc.).

The SDBSI will be using the NASFAA University curriculum and each session will be taught by a NASFAA certified instructor. Offering NASFAA University certified faculty and teaching materials allow each participant that graduates from WASFAA SDBSI to credential at no additional cost in the areas where credentialing is available. NASFAA University normally charges $99 per topic to test, however by attending Summer Institute all testing is included in your registration! SDBSI is a value added training offering networking plus face-to-face instruction from certified, experienced instructors as well as a guest appearance by Department of Education Region X Training Officer, Kim Wells.  Get more bang for your training dollars!

Still unsure if you’d like to attend? Laura Aguilar, a Loan Coordinator from Heritage University, attended SBDSI in 2015. She says “I especially enjoyed the hands-on activities and discussions in our small groups. I learned so much from the case study.  It was my first time doing an EFC hand calculation and manually packaging. I must admit, I had gotten comfortable knowing that the computer software did all these calculations for us. But it was amazing to finally see all the components that go into the calculations and fully understand it.” Laura proves that this is an amazing training opportunity that everyone should attend.

Don’t forget that scholarships are still available for this event. Complete the general or ethnic diversity scholarship application by April 1, 2016!

Scholarship Deadline

Winter 2016 Newsletter Now Available

Winter 16On behalf of the WASFAA Communications Committee, I am proud to announce that the Winter 2016 issue of the WASFAA Newsletter is now available. Click here to view your copy.

Inside you’ll find out what went down at the 2015 MLI event and have the opportunity to read articles from the scholarship winners. You’ll also find a save the date for the 2016 Sister Dale Brown Summer Institute, learn how to volunteer for the 2016 WASFAA Conference in Alaska and much more!

The submission deadline for the Spring 2016 issue is April 22nd. Please send any and all submissions to


Ashley Coleman
Communications Committee Chair

Fall Webcast Registration Open

Register Today for the Fall Webcast!

WAFSAA’s Training Committee is pleased to present a webcast training on the 150% Subsidized Loan Limitation (SULA) based on materials developed by the NASFAA Training and Professional Development Committee. This is the perfect opportunity to dive into 150% Subsidized Loan Limitation information and understand why this topic is relevant for you and your students now.

Register at:

The webcast is scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:30pm (Pacific).

Can’t attend on this date? Register anyway and still reap the benefit of this training; this webcast will be recorded and made accessible to paid registrants for approximately 6 months. The site registration fee is $35 for WASFAA members or $85 for non-members. The member or non-member price will be charged based on the current membership status of the person who registers for this webcast. This person will be considered the “site registrant” and will receive all email communications related to the webcast. Login instructions and training materials will be forwarded by email to each site registrant 24 hours before the webcast.

Register today… and invite your colleagues to join you – at no additional cost!