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Training and Workshops

EASFAA Tuesday@2 Training Series

  • October 3 - NASFAA Graduate/Professional Loan Limits Task Force Recommendations
  • October 17 - Positioning Yourself on Campus - How to become the one "they" consult with instead of the one "they" inform.
  • November 7 - Job Search Preparation: Resume, Cover Letter, and Fit

EASFAA Webinar October 3, 2017

NASFAA Graduate/Professional Loan Limits Task Force Recommendations

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NASFAA convened a task force in November 2016 to discuss federal student loan limits for graduate and professional students and propose policy recommendations for review by NASFAA membership, leadership, and staff. While this population comprises a relatively small proportion of postsecondary enrollment, it shoulders a disproportionate level of the outstanding student loan debt. Any serious discussions at the legislative and regulatory levels regarding student loan availability, debt, and repayment must carefully consider graduate and professional student loans and ensure that the needs of these students are thoroughly and deliberately considered.
The Graduate/Professional Loan Limits (GPLL) task force was asked to:

  • Consider the treatment of graduate/professional (G/P) loans in Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA);
  • Examine the impact of a one grant/one loan scenario;
  • Evaluate Sen. Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) FAST Act legislation and its impact on G/P students;
  • Explore whether the Graduate PLUS loan should be maintained and if limits should be imposed;
  • Build off NASFAA’s existing policy work regarding loan limits; and
  • Draft a proposal to NASFAA’s board of directors and NASFAA membership in a white paper.

EASFAA member David Sheridan, Director of Financial Aid at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, chaired this task force for NASFAA.  David will present a webinar on the task force’s work and the recommendations they made in their white paper, which was recently posted on the NASFAA website to generate further discussion among financial aid professionals.
Graduate and Professional Loan Limits White Paper

Bio: David Sheridan has been a financial aid professional for over 30 years, having begun his career in 1984 at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.  He has since gone on to serve in roles at a number of private and public colleges and universities in New York and in his home state of New Jersey.  He has also managed other functional areas such as Registrar, Admissions, Bursar and New Student Orientation.  David is currently the Director of Financial Aid at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, a position he has held since 2011.
David has been an active leader and participant in professional association activities and advocacy efforts at the local, regional and national level.   He has served on negotiated rulemaking committees with the US Department of Education, as a trainer and presenter for workshops, panel discussions and conference sessions offered by numerous financial aid and higher education associations, and as a contributor to various publications, blogs and podcasts.  His roles in EASFAA have included chairing the Conference, Training and Federal Relations committees, and he is a past president of the New Jersey association.


EASFAA Webinar October 17, 2017

Positioning Yourself on Campus - How to become the one "they" consult with instead of the one "they" inform.

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Presenter: Sara Beth Holman, Director of Financial Aid, Lawrence University

Description
Building relationships with key colleagues on campus is critical in ensuring that your voice is heard before things happen . . . rather than being the person who has to figure out how to adapt after they have happened. This session will highlight how your actions can help make the connections that will move you to the next level. With some humor and eye-rolling thrown in, learn how to demonstrate strong leadership, build a solid team, and be recognized as the person who "plays well with others."

Speaker Bio
Sara Beth Holman joined the financial aid office at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI in 2000, first as an associate director and then being named the director in 2003. Sara Beth has been active in a variety of positions in state, regional, and national organizations, including serving as  President of the Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and later as President of the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. At the national level, Sara Beth served on the NASFAA Board of Directors, and is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Financial Aid and NASFAA's editorial board. She was an editor and contributing author to NASFAA’s book, "You’re the Director:  A Guide to Leadership in Student Financial Aid" and an editor of "Pathways to Enrollment Management."  In addition to her involvement in professional financial aid associations, Sara Beth has served on the NCAA Division III Financial Aid Committee and the Division III Interpretations and Legislation Committee.  Sara Beth is currently a Midwest Regional Council Representative for the College Board.


EASFAA Webinar November 7, 2017

Job Search Preparation: Resume, Cover Letter, and Fit

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Presenter: Ellen Heffernan, President, Spelman Johnson Group

Description
There are many aspects to the job search process, including determining fit with the position and the institution, however a strong resume and compelling cover letter remain the cornerstone of the search process. This webinar will cover how to think about institutional fit and will do a deep dive into constructing and presenting a well-developed resume and cover letter and will address common misconceptions about how and what information should be included on your resume and why a targeted cover letter is important.

Speaker Bio
Ellen Heffernan serves as president of Spelman Johnson in Easthampton, Massachusetts, a leadership search firm exclusively dedicated to serving institutions of higher education. In addition to overseeing the firm and the firm’s presidential search practice, Ellen speaks nationally on issues of leadership and diversity in higher education.

She joined Spelman Johnson Group in 1996, after a ten year career in higher education that included positions at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She serves as faculty for several national higher education association professional development programs and currently serves on the executive board of the National Association of Executive Recruiters.

 



Past Webinars | View Webinar Archives

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - Best Practices in Advocacy; The Challenges and Opportunities in Promoting Student Financial Assistance Programs
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Monday, May 2, 2016 - Drivers Education for Federal IDR and FPSLFP
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Friday, April 15, 2016 - Free Community College - Is It Possible?
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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - Working with Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 150% Rule Basics
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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - Gainful Employment
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Thursday, January 21, 2016 - Verification Training for QA Schools Transitioning BACK
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-- 2015-16 Income Clarification Worksheet --
-- 2015-16 Living Circumstance Form --
-- 2015-16 Low Income Parents Worksheet --
-- 2015-16 Low Income Student Worksheet --
-- 2016-17 Income Verification Form --
-- 2016-17 Low Income Verification --
-- 2016-17 Statement of Non-filing and Low Income Form --








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