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Membership FAQs


 

  • When and why did CASFAA make the change to offer Institutional/Organizational Membership?

CASFAA moved to an Institutional Membership option in 2021 after having survey the membership for interest in this option.  The survey response was overwhelmingly in favor of this move, and thus a Bylaw Change was made to allow for a new type of membership.  

  • What is the price of an individual membership vs. Institutional/Organizational membership? Why should I switch to an Institutional/Organizational membership?

Given the price point of $300, an institution with four (4) or more members would benefit from Institutional Membership. Individual membership is still an option at the original $75 per member pricing.

  • I want to upgrade from an individual to an Institutional/Organizational membership. How can I do this?

If there were already four (4) or more members listed in the database in 2021, the move to Institutional Membership was completed automatically.  If you would like to request moving from 1-3 Individual members to an Institutional Membership, please contact Electronic Initiatives Chair Daniel Reed at [email protected] for assistance.  If you are a new member hoping to begin with Institutional Membership, please complete the membership application.

  • How many votes does an Institution get?

Voting is granted to Active members.  Each staff member listed within an Institution is considered an active member, so each would have a vote.

  • What is the difference between the membership types? (Active/Associate, Institutional/Organizational)

Per CASFAA's Bylaws:

ARTICLE IV - MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.  There shall be two classifications of membership in this Association: active and associate membership.

Section 2. Active membership shall be limited to persons engaged in any aspect of the operation of student financial aid either at the campus or at the systemwide level in a postsecondary institution in California, including the California Student Aid Commission and the Region IX Office of the United States Department of Education.  Active members shall have all rights and privileges of membership including the right to vote on all matters that come before the Association membership and to hold office on the Executive Council.

Section 3.Associate membership shall include representatives of other educational institutions and government agencies, foundations, private and community, involved in financial aid matters and persons in an institution of postsecondary education in states other than the one listed in Section 2 above, or individuals with a professional interest in financial aid matters. Associate members shall have all rights and privileges of membership except the right to vote or to hold office on the Executive Council.

Institutional Membership is designed for Active members, and each staff profile included within that Institutional is considered an Active member.  Similarly, Associate Members can have Organizational Membership, and each staff profile included within that Organization is considered an Associate member.
  • I now work for a different institution/organization, how do I update my profile?

The Key Contact of an Institutional Membership is responsible for keeping the staff listing updated.  Updates can be made throughout the year by the Key Contact via CASFAA.org.

Individual members can update their account at any time through casfaa.org.  While individual memberships can transfer with the individual, Institutional Membership would not.

  • I want to add a new staff member to my Institutional/Organizational membership. How can I do this?

The Key Contact of an Institutional Membership is responsible for keeping the staff listing updated.  Updates can be made throughout the year by the Key Contact via CASFAA.org.