Held annually, Summer Institute and Leadership Symposium are week-long training programs that give MASFAA members a chance to enhance their knowledge of financial aid, develop their professional and leadership skills, and engage with new and experienced financial aid administrators.
Information on the 2021 Summer Institute and Leadership Symposium will be released in Spring 2021. Please continue to check here, as well as the MASFAA Moments Newsletter, for updates!
Summer Institute is designed to teach the basics of financial aid administration and prepare participants to take NASFAA Credential exams in student eligibility, application process, verification, cost of attendance, packaging and notification of awards, professional judgement, administrative capability, need analysis, and satisfactory academic progress. Summer Institute is generally for those professionals with 5 or less years of financial aid experience; however, even more advanced professionals will learn from the sessions! Participants will learn from seasoned MASFAA professionals on financial aid topics with a few professional development topics to supplement the practical knowledge including connecting with students, navigating organizational change, and professional etiquette. Opportunities to meet MASFAA colleagues and network with other financial aid administrators will also be a large part of the week.
Leadership Symposium is designed to help cultivate future leaders in MASFAA, our state associations, and our campuses. Participants are typically professionals with 5 or more years of financial aid experience, or those who have shown their leadership skills. The week will include professional development topics including interviewing and onboarding, the importance of advocacy, working with diverse populations, professional presence and etiquette, as well as building morale and a strong team. Participants will also have the opportunity to prepare to take NASFAA Credential exams in various subject areas. This small group setting allows for strong bonds to be built between financial aid administrators.
This professional development opportunity is organized by the Summer Institute and Leadership Symposium Committee.