I understand not everyone lives and dies by their bookmarks bar like certain content marketers, but let’s face it, financial aid (FA) professionals could use some support, right? Financial aid is complex, challenging and ever-changing. So whether you bookmark the following sites or just commit them to memory, here are 5 resources that may just make your job as a financial aid counselor a little easier.
1. Financial Aid Toolkit
Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education: sounds like they might know a thing or two about financial aid, eh? It appears they do, and they house it in a handy dandy toolkit just for you.
2. Financial Aid Listservs
This one isn’t exactly bookmarkable, but it’s so helpful I just had to include it. It’s a list of mailing lists (listservs) you can sign up for.
The listservs are where financial aid becomes more of a family than just a profession. FA advisors and directors can reach out to their peers with questions about complex cases, requests for resources, and professional feedback. What’s great is that people eagerly participate and help one another out.
3. Information for Financial Aid Professionals
I can’t describe it any better than they described it themselves: “The Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) Web site consolidates guidance, resources, and information related to the administration and processing of Title IV federal student aid into one online site for use by the entire financial aid community.” There you go!
If you are in financial and you haven’t heard of NASFAA (National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators), well, consider this your wake-up call. They have a Speaker Mentor Directory, where you can connect with an FA peer to get advice. They give free tip sheets for handling unique student situations. And they offer institutional memberships, which give FA admin access to a plethora of tools and industry information.
5. Higher Ed News
If you like to keep an eye on your industry and the issues surrounding it, EducationDIVE is an excellent resource. Often quoted in articles by NASFAA, EducationDIVE is always among the first to report on higher ed news. If you decide you really like them, you can sign up for daily news updates here.