Training Events

You are invited to join this exciting new training program! CASFAA is planning to launch the inaugural CASFAA Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) in Summer 2024. The purpose of this academy is to provide a comprehensive training program for emerging financial aid leaders in California institutions of higher learning. The topics covered will range from federal issues, including administrative capability responsibilities, audits, FISAP reporting and program reviews; state issues unique to California schools, including the differences between higher education segments, California state aid programs, state budget and legislative realities, and navigating through the state and federal regulatory maze. Participants will learn how to build positive communication skills, manage conflict and lead through change.

This program is incredibly comprehensive and valuable for emerging leaders in higher education, especially within financial aid departments. It covers a wide range of essential skills and knowledge areas necessary for success in such roles. Let's break down some key points:
  1. Content Overview: The program covers various aspects of soft skills, leadership, time management, communication, career development, work-life harmony, conflict resolution, and relationship building.
  2. NASFAA U Modules: The inclusion of two NASFAA U modules adds significant value, as these are recognized credentials in the field of financial aid administration.
  3. Experiential Learning: By incorporating presentations, exercises, readings, and discussions, participants will engage actively with the material, enhancing their learning experience.
  4. Trainer Expertise: Drawing from a pool of skilled trainers and guest speakers ensures diverse perspectives and depth of experience, enriching the learning environment.
  5. Practical Application: Participants will not only learn theoretical concepts but also how to apply them in real-world scenarios, such as professional communication, networking, and conflict resolution.
  6. Personal Development: The emphasis on self-awareness, goal setting, and work-life harmony reflects a holistic approach to professional development, focusing on both career advancement and personal well-being.
  7. Workplace Dynamics: Addressing topics like generational differences, conflict resolution, and relationship building equips participants with the skills to navigate complex workplace dynamics effectively.
Overall, this program is designed to empower participants with the tools and knowledge needed to excel as leaders in the dynamic environment of higher education, particularly within financial aid departments.

Registration: Register now!

Cost, including lodging, meals, and training for residential students:

  • $800 -CASFAA members
  • $900 - non-members

Cost, including meals and training for commuter students:

  • $500 - CASFAA members
  • $600 - non-members
Below are some Recorded Trainings:
California Ban on Scholarship Displacement   June 27, 2023
Presented by members of the CASFAA State Issues Committee, NorCal Promise Coalition, Santa Clara University and uAspire
Presented by David Levy
Student Loan Update  May 4, 2023
Presented by Mark Kantrowitz
Decoding the ISIR   April 25, 2023
Presented by CASFAA Training - Shawn Domingo, Anafe Robinson, Bronwyn Garrison
Funding for Graduate School   April 27, 2023
Presented by Mark Kantrowitz

Industry Trainings

CASFAA is pleased to promote and share the online training opportunities for financial aid administrators provided by our industry partners and associations during the month.  Topics range from financial aid basics, compliance and best practices, to helping students manage debt and repayment, to professional development and personal improvement. A number of the sessions can be of value to both financial aid administrators, high school counselors as well as a few that may be shareable with your students.  You will also see a few business solutions sessions that may be of interest.


Financial Aid Online Training Opportunities July 2024.pdf