Can you believe it . . . August is almost here! For a lot of us, that means students will be returning to campus very, very soon. Of course, that also means we’re all incredibly busy. This time of year always feels crazy. For me, it seems like as soon as the NASFAA conference has concluded, the office goes into a dead sprint and, by the time we slow down a bit to take a breath . . . it’s September!
If no one has taken the time to tell you lately – on behalf of our students and our institutions – THANK YOU! The work you are doing right now is making a difference for thousands upon thousands of students who aspire to greater things. Your efforts, your smile, your help, and your dedication are appreciated – best of luck to all of you as you prepare for the upcoming school year!
Of course, while we are all working very hard in anticipation of the fall semester, the rest of the world continues on. I want to take a moment to recognize a few of your WASFAA colleagues . . . the Federal Issues Committee, the Training Committee, our Summer Institute Team, and our Management & Leadership Institute Team. These folks . . . in addition to keeping their institutions and students on track are also hard at work keeping an eye on all that is happening in Washington DC as well as preparing some of the very best financial aid and professional development training available for you, our members.
They aren’t alone either! We have more than twenty volunteer committees and task forces hard at work this year in support of these amazing training opportunities. An extra big THANK YOU to all of our WASFAA volunteers! If you would like to get involved, please let us know. You don’t have to have years of experience, you don’t have to be a director, you just have to love to help your colleagues – contact our WASFAA Volunteer Development Chair Diana Dowling at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you plugged in somewhere you can make a difference!
One last thing . . . hopefully many of you are following WASFAA on Facebook and LinkedIn. If not, please join us! The coming months promise to be full of activity – as Congress works on legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act and the U.S. Department of Education prepares several Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM’s). Summer and Fall are going to be busy and we want to help keep you up to date! We want to keep you informed . . . and we need you to help keep us tuned in to your thoughts and concerns too. I’ll be posting fairly regularly on both Facebook and LinkedIn – let’s get connected and help each other shape the future of financial aid!
Kevin Jensen 2014-15 President