President's Welcome

Hello WASFAA!!!

It is an exciting time at WASFAA and a time of unprecedented change. Together, we will navigate the numerous changes and challenges in student financial aid through training, learning, and all the exciting professional development opportunities to come. Together, we will persevere so we can continue to assist and provide higher education access and opportunities for all students.

I am overjoyed and humbled to take on this role as WASFAA’s president and look forward to serving this incredible professional membership. My focus will be on working for the benefit all of you, our students/families, and constituents across the state. The WASFAA "family" has created a nurturing learning community for all stakeholders. It is my intention to support the core values of WASFAA and build upon them, doing what is best for our membership, and preparing students for success.

In my 16 years as a WASFAA member, I have had the opportunity to work with many colleagues across the state, many of which have become my very good friends, my tribe. If you have ever heard me talk, you know my story and why I am so passionate about this profession and the work we do. If no one has told you lately, breathe and pat yourself on the back because you deserve it.

If you haven’t heard, the year ahead will bring a whole other set of challenges. FAFSA Simplification – you know there is a massive overhaul of federal student aid, SAI, and other policy and procedures that we’ll need to abide by in order to participate in Title IV programs (new Pell grant and federal aid eligibility determination, expanding access to federal aid, streamlining the FAFSA form) – You heard me before, pat yourself on the back!

I want to remind you of the many educational events we have planned for this year, including in-person workshops, and our annual spring conference. These events offer opportunities to connect with colleagues, learn from experts, and stay up to date on the latest trends and best practices in higher education student financial aid.

The 2024 Spring Conference will take place in Appleton, WI from April 10-12, 2024. We plan to have an exceptional lineup of speakers, sessions, and networking events. We look forward to seeing you there and collectively sharing our vision and hopes for the future of financial aid.

Thank you again for your support. WASFAA is an organization with a strong foundation and a membership which is engaged and committed to its work. We would love to have you be part of the great work being done across our membership. If you haven’t done so already, please renew your membership so that you can continue to receive the latest information and resources on financial aid, administrations, and leadership. Also, please login to your WASFAA profile and update your committee membership(s) and interests. Your involvement and contributions are invaluable. Thanks!

Please feel free to contact me or any of the WASFAA executive board members and/or committee co-chairs if you have any questions.


Mandy Slowinski
2023-2024 WASFAA President
Director Student Financial Support Services
Madison College

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