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!