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48th NYSFAAA Annual Conference
48th Annual NYSFAAA Conference
Turning Stone Casino and Resort
October 18 - 20, 2016
Verona, NY


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Watch this space for new training opportunities!

NOTE: To register for webinars, you MUST be a current member with an ending membership date of 11/15/2016. You can complete and pay for the membership application prior to registering by Clicking Here. Or, you will be taken to the membership application during the webinar registration process.

You will not be able to complete this registration until your membership is paid.

Verification and Conflicting Information
Webinar - Thu, Nov 10, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

This year due to EARLY FAFSA we are proving you with EARLY VERIFICATION TRAINING. Early and shotgun quick. This is three of three (thus the last and YOU WILL HAVE GRADUATED) that we offered in the last two weeks. We hope you didn't miss any of them.
If you did - you can still view them in the recorded format.


Identifying, resolving, and documenting conflicting information!!

This last webinar will discuss the types of conflicting information that results from doing a verification review and how those conflicts can be resolved.

This includes Marital Status Conflicts, Tax Filing Conflicts, and reported data that causes conflicts

We hope you have taken advantage of the EARLY FAFSA EARLY VERIFICATION SERIES.

-- Register Now for November 10 --

Verification - Working with Tax Documents
Webinar - Tue, Nov 8, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

This year due to EARLY FAFSA we are proving you with EARLY VERIFICATION TRAINING. Early and shotgun quick. This is two of three that will be offered in a two week period. Don’t miss any of them.


This Webinar will discuss the various verification tax documents that are used to complete verification and address conflicting information. We will review W2 forms,

Tax Transcripts, Account Transcript, Amended Returns, TBDRV Record, Foreign Returns, and much MUCH more.

We look forward to seeing you at all 3 of this year’s verification series.

-- Register Now for November 8 --

2017-2018 Verification - Back to Basics but with a Prior Year
Webinar - Mon, Oct 24, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

This year due to EARLY FAFSA we are proving you with EARLY VERIFICATION TRAINING. Early and shotgun quick. This is one of three that will be offered in a two week period. Don’t miss any of them.


During this first Webinar we will discuss the Verification Requirements for the 2017-2018 year including the new conflict code 399 used for addressing differences on 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 applications.

Verification requirements that are no longer needed will be reviewed.

Verification requirements, documents, and procedures will be discussed. We will go over working with ISIR changes after awarding a student and discuss the reporting requirements with COD to ensure that all required verification requirement has been met.

We look forward to seeing you at all 3 of this year’s verification series.

-- Register Now for October 24 --

The “Borrower Defense” Rules: Understanding the Significant Risks and Complexities of the Department’s Latest Proposal
Webinar - Thu, Oct 13, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education released its proposed “borrower defense” rule, a sweeping and complex set of regulatory proposals with significance for all institutions of higher education. In addition to proposing a new, streamlined process for borrowers to seek loan discharge, the Department offered up revised financial responsibility standards, the elimination of arbitration agreements, expanded closed school and false certification discharge provisions, and a new repayment rate (this last for proprietary schools only). By the time the comment period had closed, over 10,700 individuals and organizations had offered their thoughts. Presently, the Department is reviewing the public comments and preparing a final rule for release (likely in late October).

In an effort to assist institutions to understand the proposed rule and its likely impact, the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association is offering two in-depth webinars, each focused on a different aspects of the regulatory package. NYSFAAA has assembled a panel of presenters that will breakdown the proposed rule, and offer various perspectives on the risks posed to institutions.

Over the course of the presentation, the presenters will pay particular attention to what would constitute a valid “claim,” ; the proposed financial responsibility standards; the proposed elimination of arbitration clauses in agreements between students and institutions, and the proposed repayment rate for proprietary institutions.

Finally, to ensure our members are kept as current as possible, NYSFAAA already has arranged for a SECOND webinar which will be part of our Statewide Training Comes to Your Regional Meeting Series. This will take place on November 18th which is shortly after the final rules are issued expected to be issued. Information is forthcoming on this second webinar which will take place at your regional meeting. This webinar will examine the final rule in detail and again focus on identifying risks for institutions.

-- Register Now for October 13 --

2017-18 FAFSA & TAP Application Training
Webinar - Fri, Sep 30, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Whether you’re a first timer or an old pro, this hands on webinar will prepare you to help students and parents navigate the 2017-2018 FAFSA and TAP online applications.

This training is OPEN to financial aid professionals, college access advisors, guidance counselors and others who assist college bound students with the financial aid application process. THAT MEANS YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A NYSFAAA MEMBER TO ATTEND.

The line by line FAFSA training will be conducted using the U.S. Department of Education’s FAFSA demo site for the 2017-2018 FAFSA followed by a PowerPoint presentation of the TAP application process.

The webinar is free.
NYSFAAA membership is not required for this training..

However, we suggest that you visit our training and training archives pages on our website to see what a NYSFAAA membership can offer - in training alone.


LaSonya Griggs
Director of Financial Aid
Tompkins Cortland Community College

Michael Turner
Client Relations Manager
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation

U.S. Department of Education Representative

-- Register Now for September 30 --
NOTE: This webinar is open to everyone - no membership is required.

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POLICY: Under certain circumstances, established by Council, the registration fee is refundable.
1. The refund policy must be stated on the registration form.
2. The policy is that normally refunds are granted if requested in writing and the request is received at least two weeks before the first day of the event.
3. Under extenuating circumstances, such as illness, the two-week deadline may be waived. Such refunds may be authorized either by the Committee Chair or by the Treasurer. They may request whatever documentation they deem appropriate on a document. It is important that these officials consult, however, so there is consistent treatment of members each year and so that one does not approve a member who might be rejected by another officer.
4. Other members of the Council are not authorized to approve refunds.
APPROVED: July 1993; April 1998

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