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 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 with up to five years of limited financial aid experience may find this workshop beneficial.

In addition to topics that prepare you for your everyday job, 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 no additional cost.  Here are a list of NASFAA U subjects we will potentially cover throughout the week.

Application Process

 Packaging & Notification of Awards

Student Eligibility

 Direct Loans: Eligibility & Frequency

Consumer Information

 Return of Title IV

Need Analysis: Federal and Institutional Methodology

 Satisfactory Academic Progress


 Professional Judgment

Training facility

Founded in 1794, Tusculum University is the oldest institution of higher education in Tennessee, the twenty-eighth oldest in the nation, and the oldest coeducational institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The wooded 140-acre Tusculum campus has nine buildings and the Tusculum Arch that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located in Greeneville, Tennessee, Tusculum lies in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.  


 Karen Hauser, Vanderbilt University

 Chad Sartini, Virginia Tech.

 Stephanie Miller, Central Alabama Community College

 Jennifer Davis, Trident Technical College

Bretta Carithers, Kennesaw State

Felicia Ailster, Georgia Piedmont Technical College 

Lashanda Chamberlin, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Lane Smith, Samford University

Ronnette King, North Carolina A&T

Nadine Bailey, Ultimate Medical Academy

April K. Tretter, Bellarmine University

Ashley Edens, Tusculum University, Site Coordinator

 Runan Evans, Bluegrass Community & Technical College, Curriculum Coordinator

Joan Bailey, University of South Florida - Health, SASFAA Vice President

Glen Chance, College Ave – Business Partner/Support Staff

Kelly Savoie, Sallie Mae – Business Partner/Support Staff 

Registration and fees  

 The registration fee includes all instructional materials, housing (May 31 – June 5, 2020), most meals, and SASFAA 2020-2021 membership. 

 Workshop Registration Fee - $675*

 PLEASE NOTE: Current 2019-2020 SASFAA Membership is required to register for the 2020 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.

Tentative Agenda Will Be Posted Soon


Advance payment is required.  Registrants may not attend class if payment has not been received by the SASFAA Treasurer.  Registrations after May 1, 2020 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 22, 2020, 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 1, 2020.  After May 1, 2020, 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 housing accommodations in “The Apartments”. Each apartment includes a living room, a ‘mini-kitchen” featuring a microwave oven, sink, and refrigerator, four private bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Washer and dryer units are also included in each apartment.


Most meals will be provided in a variety of ways throughout the week.  Beginning with Dinner on Sunday, May, 31 2020, 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 Tusculum University, Greeneville, Tennessee.

 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. 

Tusculum University is approximately 30 miles from Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) in Blountville, Tennessee. Ground transportation, rental cars and Transportation Network companies are available options.

Asheville Regional Airport is approximately (depending on traffic) 35-45 minutes away.

A rental car drop off or pick up location is less than a mile from the campus.



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