(by Melissa Haberman, Loan Manager, UW-Madison)
The most difficult thing for me was finding the time to do all of the required reading. That’s why I think that the course was a great way to go. Even the most self-disciplined of us need timelines and deadlines to prioritize our day. The deadlines for the weekly assignments prevented me from pushing this to the back burner. Another valuable aspect of doing the course rather than a study guide was the chance to ask questions of colleagues and instructors.
Here is my advice to someone considering a course:
- Allot more time for the reading assignments than you think you will need. There is a lot of material to cover.
- Pay close attention to the quizzes, the wording used will help you understand how the credential test will be structured.
- When the class is finished and it’s time to take the test, try the pretest first. That will help you decide if you need more time to study.
- Don’t rush through the questions, really take time to read how it is worded.
Information on NASFAA Credentialing can be found on the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators’ website. The site has a schedule of online courses and self-study guides. In addition, you may be able to attend qualified in-person training events like the MASFAA Summer Institute. Registration has closed for this year, but it's not too early to put it on your calendar for next year!