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2015-16 Annual Financial Aid Certification Program

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

Series 2: FAFSA Expert Training

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM - Registration Check-In
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Training Presentation

To assist you in helping your students with the FAFSA and staying current on the financial aid process and programs, ISAC offers comprehensive professional development opportunities for counselors, mentors, and community partners through an annual certification series of training modules. Workshops give professionals a detailed understanding of the financial aid process and its programs through the use of case study scenarios and real-life examples.

In this session, participants will learn about current financial aid concepts, tools, and resources at the state and federal level through an update from ISAC and the U.S. Department of Education. Attendees will also learn about the changes to the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculation for 2016-2017. Learn how factors such as parents’ age, income, savings, and family size are used in the federal methodology to determine the EFC. Using demonstrative scenarios, participants will complete guided calculations to learn the intricacies of determining financial need using Federal Methodology. In addition, attendees will receive a printed resource, the FAFSA Expert Guide, designed specifically for counselors and mentors to use when assisting students completing the FAFSA. Participants will also learn how to analyze information in award letters and receive a helpful tool, the Financial Aid Comparison Worksheet, they can use when working with students.

ISAC’s Annual 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.

Session participants who successfully pass each knowledge assessment receive an official certificate of completion from ISAC via e-mail. ISAC also awards CEs and CPDUs to session participants at a rate of one per contact hour. 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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Note: Registration is required to participate in a training session in order to ensure we have adequate space and materials for participants, as well as having your contact information in the event a session must be cancelled or rescheduled due to weather or other circumstances.

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please contact Sara Espinosa at