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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 NAOW staff averages more than 20 years 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 professionals with three years of financial experience or less.  However, participants up to  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.

Application Process Federal Pell Grants and IASG
Student Eligibility Direct Loans: Eligibility & Frequency
Cost of Attendance Return of Title IV
 Need Analysis: Federal and Institutional Methodology Satisfactory Academic Progress
Verification Professional Judgment


Training facility

Wofford College, established in 1854, is an independent liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, S.C.  Wofford is located a few blocks north of the central business district of Spartanburg, S.C., an international commercial center. The college has operated continuously on its original campus, which was designated a National Historic District in 1974. In November 2002, the entire 170-acre campus was designated as the Roger Milliken Arboretum. Nearly 5,000 trees have been planted since 1992. 



 Melissa Smith, Vanderbilt University

 Nicole Patrick, Mississippi University for Women

 Mary Otto, Campbell University

 Amber Singletary, Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Sara Kaufman, Broward College

Marian Dill, Lee University

Felicia Ailster, Georgia State University 

JW Kellam, Converse College

Lane Smith, Samford University

Lisa Branson, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)

Carolyn Sparks, Wofford College, Site Coordinator

 Leigh Ann Hussey, University of West Georgia, Curriculum Coordinator

Celena Tulloss, University of Tennessee Knoxville, SASFAA Vice President

 Registration and fees

 The registration fee includes all instructional materials, housing (June 2-7), most meals, and SASFAA 2019-2020 membership. 

 Workshop Registration Fee - $675*

 PLEASE NOTE: Current 2018-2019 SASFAA Membership is required to register for the 2019 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.


Advance payment is required.  Registrants may not attend class if payment has not been received by the SASFAA Treasurer.  Registrations after May 10 are subject to a late fee of $50. 

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 May 24, 2019, or the attendee must bring the check to the event.

  Cancellation Policy

To cancel your registration, email the SASFAA Treasurer at

 Registration fee is fully refundable through May 10, 2019.  After May 10, 2019, 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 The Village. These suite style dorms feature private bedrooms, full kitchens, large covered porches and 2 bathrooms per four person suite.




Most meals will be provided in a variety of ways throughout the week.  Beginning with Dinner on Sunday, June 2, 2019, participants will be provided breakfast, lunch and dinner meals, with one dinner "on your own".  Morning and afternoon beverage and snack breaks will also be provided.


 The workshop will be held on the campus of Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina.

 Please make your travel arrangements to allow you to arrive and check-in before the workshop begins on Sunday afternoon (5:00 p.m. opening session) and for you to attend all of Friday morning activities (check-out is 12:00 p.m.).  If you would like to arrive on Saturday, an additional night lodging is available for  a $40 fee. 

Wofford is 20 miles from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP). 

Check in and Check out

 Sunday check-in hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

 Check-out will take place at the conclusion of the workshop on Friday at noon.


What to bring

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


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


 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 Thursday evening.  There will be a tropical themed menu and indoor/outdoor space with a DJ to celebrate your completion!  Dress is casual.  


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