Southern    Association   of    Student  
          Financial   Aid   Administrators


The SASFAA New Aid Officer Workshop (NAOW) provides a unique opportunity to learn how to be a knowledgeable and compassionate administrator of financial aid. The NAO staff averages more than 20 years in financial aid of financial aid experience and are active in their schools, state and region.  In this week long training we will not only provide participants with understanding of federal aid concepts we will lay the ground work for a lifelong passion for the profession. This workshop is recommended for professional with three years of financial experience or less.  However, participants upto  five years of limited financial aid experience may find this workshop beneficial.


SASFAA New Aid Officer Workshop uses NASFAA Credentialing topics throughout the week.  Participants will receive access to learning guides and handouts from NASFAA U as part of the cost of the workshop.  Participants may also have the opportunity to test in certain subjects taught throughout the week at a significantly reduced cost.  Here are a list of subjects we will cover throughout the week.

1.       Overview of Financial Aid Programs

2.       Student Eligibility

3.       Cost of Attendance

4.       Need Analysis: Federal and Institutional Methodology

5.       Verification

6.       Federal Pell Grants and Afghanistan Service Grants

7.       Direct Loans: Eligibility & Frequency

8.       Return of Title IV

9.       Satisfactory Academic Progress

10.     Professional Judgement

Training facility

Jacksonville State University (J.S.U) is located in the foothills of Southern Appalachia, 90 miles northwest of Atlanta, GA and 70 miles northeast of Birmingham, AL.  This secure location offers that opportunity for new recruits to get to immerse themselves in study and training.  The campus fosters a vibrant living and learning-centered community that cultivates personal development, promotes leadership, and enhances the educational experience of each participant.



Stephanie Lawrence, Albany State University

Chad Sartini, Virginia Western Community College

Sarah Baumhoff, Kennesaw State University

Derek Ball, Kentucky Community and Tech. College System

Kenneth Cole, University of South Carolina at Lancaster

Bill Spiers, Tallahassee Community College

Ronnette Hamilton, North Carolina A &T State

Sean Johnson, Hillsboro Community College

Celena Tulloss, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Stephanie Miller, FA Solutions

Nathan Basford, Florida State University

Marian Dill, Lee University


Registration and fees

The registration fee includes all instructional materials, housing (June 19-24), most meals, and SASFAA 2017-2018 membership. 

Workshop Registration Fee - $675*

PLEASE NOTE: Current 2016-2017 SASFAA Membership is required to register for the 2017 SASFAA New Aid Officers Summer Workshop. If you have not already done so, submit your membership application before you submit your registration for the workshop.

2017 New Aid Officers Workshop Registration



Advance payment is required.  Registrants may not attend class if payment has not been received by the SASFAA Treasurer.  Payments are due by May 19th or a late fee of $50 will be applied. 

Credit card payments may be made during the registration process.  To pay by credit card after registration has been completed, access the on-line payment option on the SASFAA website with login credentials (email address and password).

Checks must be received by the SASFAA Treasurer by June 15, 2017, or the attendee must bring the check to the event.


Cancellation Policy

Registration fee is fully refundable through May 19, 2017.  After May 19, 2017, there is no refund. The date the refund request is received by the SASFAA Treasurer will determine the percentage of refund.



After a long day of intense training, participants will be provided a comfortable environment to relax, recharge and prepare for the next day.  SASFAA has secured a new state of the art housing facility in Meehan Hall.  Meehan Hall located on the adjacent to the football stadium is the College's newest addition to the residence hall system. Opened in 2010, this is a suite-style residence quad. Each apartment contains four private bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchenette, and common area. Each bedroom is furnished with an adjustable twin loft bed, chest of drawers, study desk, and chair. The common area is furnished with a sofa, chair, end table, entertainment stand, and two-person dinette set. Meehan has an exercise area, a common room that can be used for group study, a computer lab and a free laundry facility. ADA accessible accommodations are also available. Rooms are furnished with desks, chairs, beds, closets, and bureaus.


Training Rooms

The training rooms will be located in the athletic suite area overlooking Gamecock stadium.  Located above Meehan Hall residence suites, these classrooms are just a short elevator ride away.



Most meals will be provided in a variety of ways throughout the week.  Beginning with Breakfast on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, participants will be provided meals as outlined below.  Morning and afternoon beverage and snack breaks will be provided.



The workshop will be held on the campus of the Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville Alabama.

Please make your travel arrangements to allow you to arrive and check-in before the workshop begins on Monday  afternoon (no earlier than 5:00 p.m.) and for you to attend all of Saturday morning activities (check-out is 12:00 p.m.).

Jacksonville State is located in Jacksonville, Alabama

SASFAA has contracted with Thrasher Trailways to provide shuttle service from Birmingham-Shuttleworth International Airport at a deeply discounted rate of $45 both ways .  Make plans to arrive no later than 5:00 pm central time and Thrasher will drive you to the front door of our facility.  Book your Departure after 2pm Saturday and we will make sure you return to the airport in time to catch your flight. 

Shuttle Registration is now CLOSED 

Jacksonville State is also 90 minutes from Hartsfield-Atlanta Airport . If you choose to fly into Atlanta you will be responsible for your own transportation to campus.

Check in and Check out

Monday check-in hours are 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday check-in hours are 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Classes begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

Check-out will take place at the conclusion of the workshop on Saturday at 11:59 p.m.


What to bring

Available in Adobe portable document format to easily save or print: Items to Bring.pdf.

Below are suggested items attendees may want to consider bringing to the workshop:

  •       Tennis shoes/comfortable walking shoes
  •       Jacket/sweater (classroom could be cool)
  •       Umbrella / rain jacket
  •       Calculator
  •       Extra blanket (rooms can be cool)
  •       Extra sheets (twin extra long)
  •       Towels / Wash cloth
  •       Toiletries (soap, shampoo, tooth paste, etc)
  •       Hand held mirror
  •       Cell phone chargers
  •       Extension cord
  •       Radio/iPod/CD player and CDs
  •       Alarm clock
  •       Iron
  •       Blow dryer, flat iron, curling iron, etc...
  •       Personal snacks and drinks
  •       Paper cups
  •       If you are bringing a laptop, Swap item (t-shirt, mug, water bottle)

We have several dedicated instructors returning to teach this year.

  •          Celena Tulloss, University of Tennessee
  •          Derek Ball, Kentucky Community and Tech. College System
  •          Ronnette Hamilton, North Carolina A &T State
  •          Stephanie Lawrence, Albany State University
  •          Kenneth Cole, University of South Carolina at Lancaster
  •          Sarah Baumhoff, Kennesaw State University

New instructor for 2017

  •          Bill Spiers, Tallahassee Community College
Attending with us a local coordinator will be Stephanie Miller, Financial Aid Services


Several activities are planned to help workshop attendees get acquainted with fellow attendees.

Detailed Tentative Agenda

A detailed tentative agenda is available in portable document format for review, print, and/or download.

Click Here for the Agenda

Free Time

There is free time scheduled most evenings.  Attendees will be given the opportunity enjoy activities on campus, use of exercise facilities and study areas.  Those wishing to venture off campus will be responsible for your own transportation, however there will be a sign-up sheet posted in headquarters so that transportation can be coordinated among participants.

Graduation Celebration

There is a banquet on Friday evening.  There is no special dress requirement during this culminating event.

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