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

SDBSI Scholarship Application Due April 1st

PSUNo, this is no April Fool’s joke— the scholarship application deadline for the Sister Dale Brown Summer Institute (SDBSI) is April 1, 2016. There are two scholarships available: general and ethnic diversity. Apply here today.

Not sure if you want to attend SDBSI from June 19-24 at Portland State University? Check out this article from Lynn Hennessey, Financial Services Coordinator at Heritage University. She attended the 2015 SDBSI at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA and only has good things to say about it.


The Sister Dale Brown Summer Institute is the perfect way to learn and gain knowledge of all things Financial Aid. The 2015 institute and training seminar were led by a group of distinguished Financial Aid Directors who have proven themselves not only with their vast years of experience, but led our group with the highest level of proficiency and consideration for the varying levels of experience of the attendees.

It’s not often that you get to immerse yourself back in time to your college days and relive times of information overload and sleeping on a twin size mattress, but this added to the learning experience and networking opportunities made over the week spent at PLU. Campus meal plans and non-air conditioned rooms in dorms during an unseasonably warm Tacoma summer week rounded out the experience and added to the conversation while getting to know new roommates.

During my time spent at the SDBSI, I realized that my pursuit of knowledge was shared by my peers who were also eager to learn and become credentialed under the system of training and testing which the seminar prepared us for. Getting to know how other financial aid offices function and the backgrounds of those within many diverse campuses was an exciting part of my experience. Having the chance to meet in small group with hands on calculations and real life scenarios were helpful and encouraging. Using the training I have had to help others in the group, I realized how much I already have learned and I was able to share my understanding. Questions brought up during seminar sessions reminded us that the answer too many inquires could always be “it depends.”

I would highly encourage others to attend and apply for the scholarships that are offered for the “SDBSI Boot Camp” and any other WASFAA training that becomes available in the future. I look forward to adding to my skills, and also gaining the NASFAA credentials being offered after the marvelous overview and training on 13 modules of Financial Aid.