Monday, August 29, 2016

Access Committee recognizes Moberley Area Community College: UCAN2 as Second Place Access Award Recipient – 2015


Written by Donna Holubik

Moberly Area Community College’s (MACC) UCAN2 program is designed to encourage middle school students to prepare for high school and life after high school.  The programs strives to provide students with the belief that college is possible.

MACC partnered with the Moberly Public School District so ALL students in the district are provided equal opportunity to engage in the UCAN2 program.  MACC provides 100% of the funding for this program.

UCAN2 is composed of three levels:

  • 6th Grade:  Students receive an exclusive tour of the college campus and get a first impression of college and the importance of making positive choices while in school.
  • 7th Grade:  Students begin exercises in career exploration.  Several speakers are brought in to discuss their story and provide students with a “day in the life” of their career.
  • 8th Grade:  The third and final year of UCAN2 focuses on financial literacy and high school preparation.  

Using a version of the “Reality Store”, students participate in the game of “REAL LIFE” by choosing an occupation and making decisions on real life activities.

At one point during REAL LIFE, students have the opportunity to have their picture taken in a cap and gown with the caption “I CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN” on the frame. When students realize “I CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN”, it validates the whole purpose of the program.

Congratulations to the Moberly Area Community College on winning the Second Place Access Award for 2015. Moberly Area Community College won $500 to continue to grow and expand the UCAN2 program.

To learn more about the UCAN2 program – Check the Moberly Area Community College webpage at www.macc.edu/financial-aid. 

Interested in nominating your financial education program for the 2016 Access Award? 

Check out the Access Award application at MASFAA website http://masfaaweb.org/docs/forms/pdf/2016MASFAAAccessAwardApplication.pdf and apply by September 9, 2016. Winners will for the 2016 Access Award will be announced at the MASFAA Conference in Kansas City, MO – October 2-5, 2016. 

If you have questions, contact Angela Johnson, Access Chair at angela.johnson@tri-c.edu or (216) 987-4213.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Access Committee recognizes MASFAP: Money Challenge First Place Access Award Recipient – 2015


Written by Shashanta James

The Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Professionals (MASFAP) Early Awareness Committee ventured into charted territory that most Financial Aid Administrators often try…”why re-create the wheel.” Well, the Early Awareness Committee saw an opportunity to re-invigorate the long-standing Reality Store, which is a hands-on interactive budgeting program hosted by many states in our region.  The outcome of this re-created activity is MASFAP’s Money Challenge which provides a budgeting experience, exposing students to the cost of college, coaching and counseling through complex decisions and providing take-aways for use in the future.

The Money Challenge has two versions which targets youth and college students. The youth version addresses how students can learn to create and maintain a budget.  The college version explores the decisions that impact most college students; cost and scholarships, community college vs. universities or roommates or not.  MASFAP first worked with 23 McNair Scholars and will continue visiting college campuses throughout the state.  The second piloted event was held for the Emerging Leaders Conference where 93 high school students participated.

The Early Awareness Committee has been very intentional in utilizing feedback from the students in order to further enhance the foundation of the Reality Store to the growth of the Money Challenge that has been developed in Missouri. MASFAP implemented exactly what we should be doing as a profession – taking a program that was successful and modifying it for use in the future.

Let’s join together and offer MASFAP our kudos for delivering Money Challenge.  This program will be highlighted during MASFAA’s Conference in Kansas City, MO and look forward to you volunteering to help make this another successful event!

Congratulations to MASFAP on winning the First Place Access Award for 2015. MASFAP won $750 to continue to grow and develop the Money Challenge program.

To learn more about the MASFAA Money Challenge – contact the Early Awareness Chair at earlyawareness@masfap.org.

Interested in nominating your financial education program for the 2016 Access Award?

Check out the Access Award application at MASFAA website http://masfaaweb.org/docs/forms/pdf/2016MASFAAAccessAwardApplication.pdf and apply by September 9, 2016. Winners will for the 2016 Access Award will be announced at the MASFAA Conference in Kansas City, MO – October 2-5, 2016.

If you have questions, contact Angela Johnson, Access Chair at angela.johnson@tri-c.edu or (216) 987-4213.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Come Learn Cash Management - Pre-Conference Workshop!

Cash Management Pre-Conference Workshop
9:30 – 11:30 am, Sunday, October 3rd

Ever wonder how Title IV funds flow back and forth from the feds to institutions?  Do you know what the requirements are and who is responsible for it in your office or at your institution?  What role does the financial aid office play?
Find out at the MASFAA Pre-Conference  NASFAA Credentialing Opportunity!
Join Emily and Gena as we delve into the NASFAA U Course on Cash Management. Learn about your school’s responsibility in managing Title IV funds and answer these questions:

                -What is your responsibility in requesting and receiving funds?
                -When can you disburse aid to students?
                -Can you front fund federal aid to students?
                -Which schools have to wait to make disbursements and why?

Through informative lecture, interactive learning activities, and engaging quizzes, MASFAA will take you through course content which will prepare you to become credentialed in Cash Management. Understanding cash management principles will help you to have a greater understanding of the overall process of awarding federal funds and all that goes into it, and ultimately enhance and expand your skill set as a financial aid professional. 

Now you know what it the course can provide you with, but as financial aid administrators, we’re all about the bottom line. What does this mean for your budget? It means you save money and time!  Register today!


NASFAA U
MASFAA Pre-Conference Session
Cost
$299/person
$50/person – Save Money!
Mode of Instruction
Online Instruction
In Person Instruction - Ask Questions, Immediate Response!
Time Commitment
1 Month
2 Hours – Save Time!





Gena Boling is the Associate Director of Financial Aid at the University of Missouri and has served the MASFAA Board as well as her state association in multiple capacities. While President of the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel, Gena brought NASFAA Credentialing to her state by tasking the MASFAP Professional Development Committee with the first implementation of training which would result in a NASFAA Credential. To date, more than 400 credentials have been earned by aid administrators in the state of Missouri. Gena recently participated as faculty of the MASFAA Summer Institute and is eager to assist with MASFAA Pre-Conference training.

Emily Haynam-Janero is the Assistant Director of Compliance and Training in the Office of Enrollment Services-Student Financial Aid at The Ohio State University.  This past year, Emily served as co-chair for MASFAA’s Professional Development committee, leading the curriculum for the 2016 Summer Institute and Leadership Symposium.  In the summer prior, Emily served as faculty for the 2015 Summer Institute and taught the 2015 MASFAA pre-conference on the topic of Student Eligibility.  She is certified in 11 NASFAA credentials, is actively involved in training initiatives in her state association (OASFAA) as well as serving it as the Southeast Regional Elected Representative.