Our mission is to enhance the professional development of financial aid administrators.

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Welcome from Mendy!

Financial aid administrators are often described as resourceful, dedicated, and because our industry demands it, flexible and adaptable to change. The challenges and opportunities that 2020 brought us have tested each and every one of those attributes, and in ways none of us could have ever imagined. However, as we all continue to gain our footing with changes in modes of instruction, our work environments, and all the various dynamics of getting our jobs done, SWASFAA’s highest priority remains to continue to find ways to meet the needs of its members, no matter what that looks like.

If you have any suggestions for how SWASFAA can provide what its members need, please don’t hesitate to contact me or one of your Board representatives or Committee Chairs.

My very best regards,

Mendy Schmerer

SWASFAA President, 2020 – 2021




Upcoming events

    • June 01, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • August 31, 2021
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    Citizens is proud to present our Summer Webinar Series designed for Financial Aid Administrators by providing free, timely, and relevant topics for you. 

    Hello SWASFAA -

    Join us for free professional development sessions that outline everything from important resources, mindfulness training, and best practices on advising students and their families. Citizens SessionsTM was developed to provide quick and convenient ways to learn, all without leaving the office or your home office.

    CLICK HERE to register for our complimentary webinar sessions:

      

    Date

    Day

    Time

    Session

    Length

     

     

     

     

     

    3-Jun

    Thursday

    3pm EST

    Understanding Private Loan Refinancing

    30 min

    8-Jun

    Tuesday

    12pm EST

    Delivering an Exceptional Customer Service

    30 min

    10-Jun

    Thursday

    3pm EST

    Financing the Gap

    30 min

    15-Jun

    Tuesday

    12pm EST

    Building Resilience

    30 min

    17-Jun

    Thursday

    3pm EST

    Guide for New Financial Aid Professionals

    30 min

    22-Jun

    Tuesday

    12pm EST

    Student Loan Repayment Basics and Options

    30 min

    24-Jun

    Thursday

    3pm EST

    Get Focused

    30 min

    29-Jun

    Tuesday

    12pm EST

    Managing Hybrid Teams

    30 min

    7-Jul

    Wednesday

    2pm EST

    Understanding Credit and Private Student Loan Underwriting

    30 min

    14-Jul

    Wednesday

    2pm EST

    Guide for New Financial Aid Professionals

    30 min

    21-Jul

    Wednesday

    2pm EST

    Thriving In Change

    30 min

    28-Jul

    Wednesday

    2pm EST

    Managing Hybrid Teams

    30 min

    4-Aug

    Wednesday

    2pm EST

    Financing the Gap

    30 min

    11-Aug

    Wednesday

    2pm EST

    Guide for New Financial Aid Professionals


    • June 03, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • July 31, 2021
    • (CDT)
    Register


    SmartSessions 


    SmartSessions® provide free, online training on important professional development, student success, and default management topics.Presented by certified trainers with decades of experience, our training sessions keep you a step ahead in an ever-changing world.Register for your session(s) of choice by following the date link.

                                       

     

    The Balancing Act of Work and Home

    Maintaining work-life balance isn’t always an easy task, particularly when both are under the same roof. It’s often a daily challenge to make time for work, family, friends, and self. The balancing act of work and home doesn’t mean dividing hours evenly. Instead, it involves intentional planning and integration to ensure you have happiness and satisfaction with both. Attend this session if you’re striving for improved balance.

    Date: Tuesday, June 8 at 11:00 a.m. CDT

     

    Creating Student Engagement through Social Media

    Using social media is an integral part of communicating with students in today’s digital world. These channels have expanded the scope of opportunities to interact with students. They use social media for information gathering, decision-making, and sharing—so how do you further connect your students and enhance their satisfaction with your institution?  Join us as we explore how to maximize the most of your social media strategy.

    Date: Thursday, June 10 at 2:00 p.m. CDT

     

    Living in the Moment with Mindfulness

    In this busy world, it’s common to feel pulled in multiple directions. Overbooked calendars and compound deadlines can leave you tired and stressed. While you may not be able to change your workload, you can change how you approach each day so that you’re living in the moment and generating energy—not expending it. Join Tasha McDaniel, Ascendium Senior Trainer and Certified Health Coach, to learn how to implement mindfulness strategies into your daily routine.

    Date: Wednesday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. CDT

     

    Constructing a Culture of Teamwork

    Functioning teams are essential for workplace success. When all parts are working in tandem, staff is more efficient, customer service is strengthened, and students are happier. However, teamwork doesn’t always happen organically and there are many obstacles that may limit the teams’ growth. Effective training can enhance the contributions of individual team members to reach its full potential. Join this session for insights on improving collaborative skills and ways to create a culture of teamwork. 

    Date: Thursday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m. CDT

     


    10 Things Students Need to Know When They Start School

    In the first few months of school, freshmen are adjusting to new responsibilities including learning how to manage their finances for the first time. Unfortunately, some make poor financial choices that have long-term consequences. You can help students develop good financial habits that will guide them through and after college. In this session, we’ll share 10 things they need to know at the beginning of their academic careers so they can avoid the pitfalls that impede success.     

    Date: Tuesday, July 6 at 2:00 p.m. CDT

     

    Identifying and Managing Workplace Stress

    Stress is a part of life and there’s no getting around it. It has become a common problem in the workplace and at home. Life without some challenges would be dull but too much stress can play havoc with your health. The key is to learn how to identify and manage it. This session will provide you with valuable tips for handling stress, preventing burnout, and striking a balance.

    Date: Thursday, July 8 at 2:00 p.m. CDT

     

    Resolving Conflict in the Workplace

    Various personalities, communication styles, and cultural differences are just a few factors that can contribute to conflict in the workplace. Sometimes, we must adjust our sails to change the circumstances and find harmony. With the use of effective conflict resolution techniques, barriers can be broken to find a solution that works for everyone. Join us to discover ways for resolving conflict that will produce positive outcomes.

    Date: Thursday, July 29 at 11:00 a.m. CDT

     

    Ascendium SmartSessions June/July 2021


    • July 13, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5655478351?pwd=RENETVJqcFFmRm1wMkNFalprOEpNdz09
    Register

    Please join the SWASFAA Training and Continuing Education Committee for our fifth webinar of the “A Smorgasbord of Topics for Financial Aid Professionals” webinar series.  In this webinar, we will focus on personal and professional management.

    The webinar is scheduled for July 13, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. CST.  A link to the webinar is provided in this announcement will be provided the day before the scheduled webinar.  

    Thank you for all you do for SWASFAA.

    Shannon Crossland

    Chair, Training & Continuing Education Committee


Past events

May 18, 2021 SWASFAA Training & Continuing Education Webinar: Financial Aid Professionals Leadership Qualities
May 03, 2021 Featured Sponsor's Training Opportunity: Ascendium
May 03, 2021 Featured Sponsor's Training Opportunity: Citizens Bank
April 06, 2021 Featured Sponsor's Training Opportunity: Ascendium
March 02, 2021 SWASFAA Webinar - Ethics
March 02, 2021 Featured Sponsor's Training Opportunity: Citizens Bank
March 02, 2021 Featured Sponsor's Training Opportunity: Ascendium
November 04, 2020 Virtual Academy Session Sponsorship
November 04, 2020 2020 SWASFAA Virtual Academy
October 19, 2020 2020 SWASFAA Virtual Boot Camp
October 19, 2020 General Sponsorship (2020-2021)
September 22, 2020 SWASFAA Webinar - P&P Pathway Final Episode
July 14, 2020 SWASFAA Webinar - P&P Pathway - Engagement and Training
June 18, 2020 SWASFAA Social
June 09, 2020 SWASFAA Webinar - Policies & Procedures Pathway: Enhancement & Oversight
May 21, 2020 SWASFAA Social
May 18, 2020 Policies & Procedures Pathway: Overview of Tools - Utilizing Windows File Explorer
March 30, 2020 SWASFAA Webinar P&P Pathway: Overview of Tools - NASFAA Compliance Engine
February 25, 2020 SWASFAA Webinar - P&P Development & Implementation
February 19, 2020 (copy) SWASFAA Training & Continuing Education Kick-Off Webinar Series
February 11, 2020 SWASFAA Training & Continuing Education Kick-Off Webinar Series
November 13, 2019 2019 Conference in New Orleans
November 13, 2019 2019 Conference Exhibitor Registration (Associate Members)
November 13, 2019 Leadership Workshop
November 13, 2019 Sponsorship Options (for Associate Members Only)
November 11, 2019 2019 Boot Camp for New Aid Officers
October 16, 2019 Webinar: Where the Heck? How to Find Financial Aid Resources!

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