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2013-14 Financial Aid Certification Program & Professional Development

Financial Aid Training Brought to You by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission

You’ve probably read or heard about the changes to student loan interest rates, and each year there are changes to the Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).   To assist you in helping your students with the FAFSA and staying current on the financial aid process and programs, ISAC provides comprehensive professional development opportunities for counselors and mentors through an annual certification series of training modules. Session participants who successfully pass each knowledge assessment receive an official certificate of completion from ISAC via e-mail. We understand that many of you who work directly with Illinois students helping them plan and prepare for college would like a deeper understanding of the financial aid processes and how to help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid. To assist you in helping your students with the financial aid process and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), ISAC provides comprehensive professional development opportunities for counselors and mentors through an annual certification series of training modules. Session participants who successfully pass each knowledge assessment receive an official certificate of completion from ISAC via e-mail.

ISAC’s Financial Aid Certification program is part of the National Training for Counselors and Mentors (NT4CM). NT4CM is a free train-the-trainer program to support counselors and mentors who assist students and their families in preparing financially for college. In Illinois, ISAC is the designated provider of the NT4CM training and has been since the inception of the program.

ISAC also awards CEs and CPDUs to session participants at a rate of one per contact hour. In order to earn these units and/or credits, it is necessary to attend each session in its entirety and complete one session-specific Knowledge Assessment, an ISAC and ISBE Evaluation Form, and an ISBE Evidence of Completion at the end of each session.

Plan to participate in one or several of these opportunities brought to a location near your home or office by ISAC’s Division for College Access and Outreach. All sessions are offered at no cost to counselors, mentors, and members of the general public.

 


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Additionally, if you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please contact John Heroff at John.Heroff@isac.illinois.gov