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

Welcome from Mendy!

As a new decade begins and we usher in 2020, the SWASFAA Board of Directors is looking forward to a phenomenal year in which we are looking closely at existing member benefits, but also at new and innovative ways to meet the needs of our members. Our Strategic Long Range Plan expires in 2021, which makes 2020 the perfect time to focus the direction SWASFAA needs to head in to be as relevant and valuable to its members as possible.

The Board is comprised of enthusiastic and energetic financial aid administrators who have a passion for serving our students and colleagues in ways that benefit those we serve. Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, we are going virtual! Both Boot Camp and our Conference will take place online this year. Check out Training and Events for more details.

The theme of the entire year is SWASFAA Focus 2020; Agents of Change. I believe ours is a noble profession, but sometimes financial aid administrators need to be reminded of why we are doing what we do. We are making critical differences in the lives of our students and families, but that can be easy to lose sight of and I want to find ways to remind you of all the positive change you are creating.

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Upcoming events

    • October 19, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • December 18, 2020
    • (CST)

    Please note that to be a SWASFAA sponsor, you must be a SWASFAA member in order to be a general sponsor. Visit our Membership Services page to find out more about becoming an Associate Member. Association Membership costs $250 annually. 

    A $200 general sponsorship includes:

    • the opportunity to promote the sponsoring brand’s own training tools, resources and opportunities through SWASFAA’s communications and web calendar throughout the sponsored term, including Spring and Summer (limited to best-practice and general-industry type topics). Payment must be received to begin such promotions.
    • admission to all 2020 Virtual Academy sessions for all individuals in your organization
    • your logo included on the all-sponsor recognition slide on each presentation (the 2020 SWASFAA Virtual Academy)
    • your logo and brief description of services on SWASFAA.org
    • a banner ad on, SWASFAA.org
    • a copy of the conference registration list for the 2020 Virtual Academy, webinars and trainings, where applicable
    • the ability to sponsor a session at the 2020 Virtual Academy 

    • November 04, 2020
    • (CST)
    • November 10, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 8 sessions
    • Virtual format via webinar
    • 367

    SWASFAA is excited to off a free virtual conference, via Zoom, to all SWASFAA members. The Virtual Academy will include webinar presentations that cover a wide variety of professional development topics. 

    Wednesday, November 4, 10am (CST) is the opening session.  SWASFAA's President Mendy Schmerer will kick off the Virtual Academy.  Joining us will be NASFAA National Chair, Brenda Hicks, and NASFAA President and CEO,  Justin Draeger.  During this session the SWASFAA Business Meeting will also be conducted.

    Registration is free, can it get any better than that?  Yes, it can.  After each session, there will be drawing for a gift card to be given to one lucky participant.  At the end of the Virtual Academy,  a conference registration to next year's 2021 Annual Conference in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico, will be given to one lucky Virtual Academy participant.  So, please be sure to register and join in on the learning opportunities (and gifts).

    We encourage you to take some time in this pandemic-planning world to reinvest in yourself and your profession all from the comfort of your desk.   Sessions will be recorded and posted on the SWASFAA website for registered members to access at a later date.

    Wednesday, November 4, 10:00AM, Virtual Academic Kick-Off with SWASFAA President Mendy Schmerer, NASFAA Chair, Brenda Hicks, and NASFAA President & CEO Justin Draeger. Business Meeting to be conducted at this time.

    Wednesday, November 4, 2:00PM - 3:30PM: "Birds of a Feather." Participants will have the opportunity to talk with their peers about current hot topics in world of financial aid.

    Thursday, November 5, 10:00AM - 11:30AM. "Stop, Listen and Learn: How one system office created a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion." Presenters: Amy Cable and Quinton Taylor (monitored and sponsored by Nelnet)

    Thursday, November 5, 2:00PM - 3:30PM: "Policies and Procedures Pathway: In-Depth Considerations."  Presenters:  Shannon Crossland and James Smith (monitored and sponsored by The NHHEAF Network)

    Monday, November 9, 10:00AM - 11:30AM "Campus Collaboration" Presenter: Brenda Hicks, NASFAA Chair (monitored and sponsored by Earnest Student Loans, a Navient Company)

    Monday, November 9, 2:00PM - 3:30PM "Outsourcing Verification - What to look for." Presenter: Nick Martinez (monitored and sponsored by Inceptia)

    Tuesday, November 10, 10:00AM - 11:30AM "Identifying & Managing Workplace Stress." Presenters: Carol Swenson and Debbie Murphy (monitored and sponsored by Ascendium Education)

    Tuesday, November 10, 2:00PM - 3:30PM "R2T4" Presenter: Lisa Hopper (monitored and sponsored by KHEAA)

    Special thanks to the following corporate partners for sponsoring these virtual sessions:  

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