June 26th marks the one year anniversary of the NEW NYSFAAA WEBSITE. I welcome you to the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association’s website. If you are a member, I am glad you came back to enjoy the celebration. If you are just visiting, I hope you like what you see, stay a while and become a member and then join us in all our accomplishments.

NYSFAAA will be 52 years young in October 2020 and I will be concluding my term as president of the association.  I have to say it went quickly AND IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR TO SERVE.

We have all gone through a tough year, and it doesn’t look like it will get much easier in the near future. What is great about NYSFAAA is that regional and other meetings (continuing virtually) and services, if anything, have increased. People are using this website for the primary source of COVID-19 information. This year NYSFAAA not only focused, as always, on training NYSFAAA members, but also the entire FA community with our non-membership required COVID-19 webinars. Even the weekly virtual happy hours have been helpful to many.

We have lead the way on cutting edge accomplishments. In addition to this heavily trafficked website, you will note that we are the first Financial Aid Association to have a Chatbot. The Bot “Ask Rory” is ready to answer Financial Aid Questions for Students/Parents and School Counselors empowered with Videos all supported generously by Ocelot. The Bot can also help members guide the user through the website and answer simple question like “when is the next conference?” or “who is the president of NYSFAAA?”

One of our goals is to perpetuate involvement, networking, and leadership. NYSFAAA’s Financial Aid Professionals belongs to their state association, get involved, first on the local level, then state-wide. The professional joins a committee and gets so much out of it by giving back. For every minute I have given to NYSFAAA I have received hours of benefit. I did not know that going in. I know it now and I feel it is my duty to share that with you. Join a committee today and be better for it tomorrow and forever after.

So, what is this NYSFAAA I speak of? For you visitors….

NYSFAAA is a non-profit organization comprised of nearly 1500 Financial Aid Professionals as well as other Higher Education Providers, such as High School College Bound Guidance Professionals. Our prime directive is to help promote equal access to education in New York State. We achieve this goal by advocating on behalf of our members and our students, and by providing FA professionals with extensive training.
As part of being in the NYSFAAA team/family, members enjoy full support and educate each other by networking and sharing information. Through our multiple list-serves, internal (private) and external (public) Social Media, EmpireChat BLOG, Newsfeeds, Regional Meetings, 12 or more webinars a year (each archived for future viewing) and our regularly posted Podcasts (Webinars and Podcasts FREE with the annual $70 membership fee). In addition, we have our nationally recognized Novice Training, Leadership Training, Annual Conference, and various other activities - so much, that you will find that the networking that occurs is always the cherry on the NYSFAAA cake that we are all so proud of.


If you are not a member – trust me – IT PAYS TO BE A MEMBER.

Howard Leslie, MS, CFAA®
Vice President, Financial Aid Compliance/ NYSFAAA President


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