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

    • April 06, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • April 30, 2021
    • (CDT)


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    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.

    Navigating First-generation Students to Success

    College can provide the pathway to better employment opportunities, greater financial security, and a well-rounded fulfilling life. However, many first-generation college students may be at a disadvantage when it comes to navigating the ins and outs of the collegiate experience.  Financial challenges, lack of family support, and unfamiliarity with institutional resources are just some of the barriers that can impede their success. Join this session to learn valuable insights to help your first-gen students achieve their goals and graduate.    

    Date: Tuesday, April 13 at 11:00 a.m. CDT



    Exploring Students, Money, and Their Relationships

    Everyone has a different relationship with money. Like other relationships in our lives, it can be complicated at times. How your students perceive money heavily depends on their upbringing and the environment they grew up in. Their experiences helped shape their attitudes about spending, saving, and borrowing. Join us as we explore the relationship your students have with money and the opportunities to help them develop healthy and sound financial behaviors.

    Date: Tuesday, April 27 at 11:00 a.m. CDT



    Elevating Your Customer Service Beyond Compare

    Good customer service has become the expectation in higher education. It’s the minimum of what students want from their school. They want more than a friendly face. Many expect to have their needs met through a wide variety of ways—and those needs extend beyond the classroom and into all areas of the institution. Join this session to learn new ways for elevating the service you provide beyond compare.

    Date: Thursday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. CDT

Past events

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
December 07, 2020 Featured Sponsor's Training Opportunity: Ascendium
November 05, 2020 Featured Sponsor's Training Opportunity: Citizens Bank
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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