Monday, August 31, 2015

Only one week until the MASFAA Registration Deadline!

Only one week until the MASFAA Registration Deadline!

MASFAA is your 2015 opportunity to Grow Connections for Success --- The MASFAA Registration Deadline is fast approaching – September 7th is the last day to register at the discounted price of $365!  After that conference registration will go up to $415. Don’t forget you’ll also want to be sure to secure your hotel room (only $129/night) and make your other travel arrangements today! 

Coralville Iowa isn’t far away – it’s actually really close to Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin state lines -- definitely a trip you want to make!  And if you are flying in MASFAA will be providing free airport shuttles from/to The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID)!

The MASFAA Conference Committee has done a great job of lining up dynamic speakers, interesting topics and sessions for the 2015 Conference!  Be sure to check out the MASFAA Conference Tentative Agenda. Here are the Top 10 reasons you’ll want to attend the 2015 MASFAA Conference:

  1. The Federal Update -- hear the latest updates from a Department of Education Federal Trainer!

  2. Key note speaker, Pete the Planner, will make us laugh as he teaches us how to better our own and positively influence our students financial lives.

  3. Get the latest information coming out of the beltway from NASFAA’s renowned Justin Draeger.
  4. Start the conference off on a roll with MASFAA’s Live entertainment Sunday night.
  5. Get the latest information from our Vendors in the Exhibit Area or during one of their Business Solution Sessions being offered throughout the conference.
  6. Listen to the Enrollment Management Panel while enjoying lunch on Monday.
  7. More than 45 different interest sessions to choose from with topics ranging from: finding balance – in doing more with less as well as finding the right work life balance, needs analysis, cohort default rates, getting to the data, gainful employment, NCAA Athletics, consumer information, verification, SAP, compliance and so many others.
  8. Earn your NASFAA Credentials by attending the pre-conference on Student Eligibility
  9. Kick back on Monday night for the hog roast and line-dancing at Celebration Farms
  10. Catch up with and learn from all your MASFAA colleagues during the sector and birds of a feather sessions!
Make the MASFAA Conference your destination for October 4-7th in Coralville Iowa!!!  REGISTER TO ATTEND TODAY!!!

Monday, August 24, 2015

MASFAA's ACCESS of the Year Award

 MASFAA's newest award, the ACCESS of the year, recognizes innovative ideas and programming in the area of financial literacy targeted toward outreach initiatives in secondary or post secondary settings. This award is open to our state associations, financial aid offices, and individuals who are MASFAA members. 

The ACCESS/Outreach Award will honor up to three programs at this years MASFAA conference in Coralville, Iowa. If you have succeeded in doing something great in the area of ACCESS and Outreach we want to hear about it and recognize your efforts!  

Which state and/or college or university will earn bragging rights and the first ACCESS of the Year Award? 

The application with instructions and details will be sent out to the listserv on Tuesday, August 25th.  Please submit all materials no later than Monday September 14, 2015.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Steven Foster, ACCESS Chair at or 734-763-2941.

Don’t miss the good times at MASFAA in Iowa!

We’ve got a great conference planned for October!  Not only will there be interesting sessions and great speakers, but some incredible entertainment!

We’re kicking off with some live entertainment on Sunday and then on Monday night join us for a Hog Roast at Celebration Farms!  Come with an appetite because you sure don’t want to miss this big feast!  More information to come in the future, but might as well start dusting off those cowboy boots of yours and start practicing your line dance moves. 

Stay tuned for more happenings in the Celebration Farm and about the FUN we have planned for MASFAA 2015!

Ya’ll have a great day - Yeehaw! 

What happens at the Pig Roast....Stays at the Pig Roast!

Monday, August 17, 2015

MASFAA Pre-Conference Workshop Reminder – What a Bargain!

So what can $50 buy you these days?

Attendance at the MASFAA Pre-Conference Student Eligibility NASFAA Credential Workshop!   By attending this workshop, you will qualify to take the NASFAA certification test for Student Eligibility.  And you’ll get a waiver for the certification test fee of $99!  What a bargain!

The Workshop will help you:
  • Know the general  student eligibility criteria and documentation requirements
  • Understand the importance of establishing a student’s eligibility for Title IV aid
  • Distinguish the categories into which the general student eligibility criteria fall
  • Identify the federal agencies and systems used to check student eligibility criteria
  • Understand how various criteria impacts student eligibility for Title IV
  • Know how to resolve problems with database matches
  • Understand the role of the Central Processing System (CPS), the student eligibility database matches, and the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
  • Understand information on how certain educational programs affect student eligibility

ALL interested individuals are welcome to register at
MASFAA Membership is not required to participate.

Monday, August 10, 2015

55 Day Notice

No this isn’t a notice that you owe a bill!  It is a notice that the 2015 MASFAA conference is only 55 days away!  So if you haven’t registered for the conference or arranged your travel and hotel, now is the time to do it!

Just go out to the MASFAA Conference Mini Site and get started.  Time is running out!

MASFAA Leader Spotlight: Debbie Schumm

Today we have another MASFAA Leader Spotlight to share with you. Debbie Schumm is a Senior Financial Aid Counselor at the University of Saint Francis. She also serves as the ISFAA President and MASFAA Treasurer-Elect.

How did you get started in financial aid? 
I was managing one of the Indiana State Park Inns and checked in the Director of Financial Aid from the University of Saint Francis for the ISFAA Spring Conference.  We started talking and the rest is history. 

How did you first become involved in your state and regional associations?
For ISFAA I was attending one of the conferences and there were some questions about a charge from the hotel to the conference and one of the co-chairs happen to be talking with me about it.  Through that conversation it was discovered I had a hotel management degree and background.  I was on the next conference site committee.  For MASFAA I served on the board as the Indiana State Representative since I was the President-Elect of ISFAA.  I enjoyed it so much I decided to run.

Why were you interested in a MASFAA leadership role?
 I really enjoyed serving on the board and met a lot of great people.  I think MASFAA is a great association and wanted to continue being a part of it.

What advice do you have for someone new to financial aid? 
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get to know others in the field.  Things are always changing so having the connections to contact and talk things through is very helpful.

What advice do you have for someone interested in becoming more involved in MASFAA? 
Do it!  The friends and connections you will meet are life changing.  Being involved will help you grow professionally and personally.

What have you learned through your state or regional association that you were not expecting? 
I learned I know more than I give myself credit for.

What are you looking forward to learning during your leadership term? 
I am looking forward to learning more about how MASFAA works and being able to share that with ISFAA.

What do you enjoy doing when you are outside the aid office? 
I love spending time with my family and friends.

Any final thoughts?
I am very excited to being part of the MASFAA Executive Board again and want to thank all that voted for me.