Southern    Association   of    Student  
          Financial   Aid   Administrators


June 2 - 7, 2024

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 15 years of financial aid experience and are active in their schools, state, and region.  In this weeklong training we not only provide participants with understanding of federal aid concepts, but we also lay the groundwork 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.

SASFAA New Aid Officer Workshop utilizes 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 will also have the opportunity to earn credentials in certain subjects taught throughout the week at no additional cost.  Here is a list of NASFAA U subjects we will potentially cover throughout the week.

           Application Process           

 Campus Based Programs

Student Eligibility

 Direct Loans Programs

Cost of Attendance

 Return of Title IV

Federal Pell Grant

 Satisfactory Academic Progress


 Professional Judgment

Needs Analysis 


Agenda - now available 

Training facility 

Converse University is a private university in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It was established in 1889 by a group of Spartanburg residents and named after textile pioneer Dexter Edgar Converse. It was originally a women's college but now admits men. The Converse College Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. It encompasses eight contributing buildings dated between 1891 and 1915. 

 Faculty & Staff

Rocky Christensen – Johnson University

Daniel Barkowitz – University of Miami

Zilma Lopes - Robeson Community College

Megan Smith - Delta State University

Jaime Missimer – Pearl River Community College

Audrey White - UNC Chapel Hill

Jana Cox - UT Martin

Nicole Burton - Trident Technical College

Edward Schworn - Florida International University

Bob Fultz - University of Kentucky

JW Kellman - Converse University, Site Coordinator
Chad Sartini - Virginia Western Community College, Curriculum Coordinator
Katie Conrad - Florida International University, SASFAA Vice President
Biz Daniel - Elm Resources, Business Partner
Chester Priest - KHEAA, Business Partner

Registration & Fees  

 The registration fee includes all instructional materials, housing (June 2-7, 2024), most meals, and SASFAA 2024-2025 membership. 

 Workshop Registration Fee:

Member Fee - $725
Non-Member Fee - $760 

SASFAA awards two scholarships to members who wish to attend the SASFAA New Aid Officers Workshop. The scholarship covers the workshop registration cost which includes housing and most meals. The recipient or their institution will be responsible for all other costs including travel to and from the workshop. The application deadline was April 3, 2024 and our scholarship recipients have been selected.  


Advance payment is required.  Registrants may not attend class if payment has not been received by the SASFAA Treasurer.  Registrations after May 13, 2024 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 20, 2024, 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 3, 2024.  After May 3, 2024, 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 housing on campus. These suite style dorms feature private bedrooms, and a bathroom shared with one other person.


Most meals will be provided in a variety of ways throughout the week.  Beginning with Dinner on Sunday June 2, 2024 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 Converse University, Spartanburg, South Carolina.

 Please make your travel arrangements to allow you to arrive and check-in before the workshop begins on Sunday afternoon (4:30 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. 

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

What to Bring

Here is a list of items to bring.

 Please stay tuned to this page for further information!



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