Professional Development


WHO WE ARE: A collective group of financial aid professionals who provide quality training and development opportunities to association members.

WHAT WE DO: Each year we conduct a series of training and professional development opportunities ranging from in-person workshops, new professionals sessions, and leadership training that cater to the needs of financial aid administrators. 

Some recent events facilitated by the Professional Development Committee include:

  • New Professional Track offered at the annual conference: A comprehensive training track that outlines core fundamentals of financial aid.  This track provides an overview of topics essential for new professionals.  This training track is offered during annual WASFAA Conference.  Registration information is available when the WASFAA Conference registration opens.
  • A biennial leadership retreat aimed at recognizing the potential of financial aid administrators within their offices and in WASFAA.  The participants within the WASFAA Leadership Retreat focus on developing leadership skills, change analysis, personality, and other leadership qualities.   
  • Historically, leadership retreat graduates have advanced personally and professionally while becoming involved in WASFAA by fulfilling roles like Committee Co-chairs, members of the Executive Board, or Presidents of WASFAA.  This opportunity is rewarding and strongly recommended for those who desire to be an aspiring leader in the future.

Professional Development Scholarship Opportunities

Summer Institute & Leadership Symposium Hosted by MASFAA
2023 Scholarship Recipients: 

    • Jinny Apuli, UW – Milwaukee
    • Caleigh Carrothers, Herzing University
    • Raquel Diaz, Madison College
    • Heather Ehnert, UW – Milwaukee
    • Rachel Ericson, Chippewa Valley Technical College
    • Ryan Gebler, Lawrence University
    • Kristin Hammes, Herzing University
    • Brenda Herman, Viterbo University
    • Sarah Kresl, Herzing University
    • Julie Lightbody, UW – Milwaukee
    • Elizabeth Nameth, Nicolet College
    • Heidi Schissler, Herzing University

Upcoming Training Opportunities

The Department of Education, NASFAA, Federal loan servicers, and other entities offer free training to the financial aid community regularly.  The Professional Development Committee will spotlight upcoming training that could be of interest to the financial aid community.

Federal Student Aid – Upcoming Live Webinars

  • FAFSA Simplification Summer Series (June – July 2023)
    • Better FAFSA┬« Better Future Overview and Timeline
    • Protecting Federal Tax Information (FTI) at Your Institution
    • ISIR vs. ISIR
    • Professional Judgment, Dependency Status, and Verification
    • Better FAFSA Better Future Q&A – Session 1
    • Student Aid Index (SAI) – Part 1
    • Student Aid Index (SAI) – Part 2
    • Pell Grant Minimums, Maximums, and In Between
    • The FAA's Role in FAFSA Simplification
    • Better FAFSA Better Future Q&A – Session 2

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