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I want to thank the NYSFAAA Statewide Training Committee for providing a successful series of OPEN TO THE FAA PUBLIC COVID-19 related webinars. NYSFAAA trained over 1,000 duplicated people during the 5 webinar series. We also reached 18 states beyond the NYS boarders. If you were from one of those states, or if you are from NY and not a member,  I suggest you consider becoming a member as we transition back to MEMBERS ONLY WEBINAR TRAININGS. Just ask our ChatBot ASKRORY "How do I become a member?" Rory will provide you with all the information you need to become a member. It will be the best $70 you ever invested. 



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Welcome to NYSFAAA                                         

Welcome to the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association website. If you are a member, glad you came back. If you are just visiting, I hope you like what you see, stay a while and become a member.

Howard Leslie

 Now that we are well into our 52nd year as an association, as well as my 2nd and last term as President, it is time to reflect as well as work on what is to come. We are now leading 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?”

In the past year NYSFAAA has been focused, as always, on training colleagues and helping students start the financial aid process.  We have re-embraced advocacy and have been true to our strategic plan, Our mission is large-scoped and our tactics change as needed. We organically mentor our own. Become one of us and you will never walk alone. In 2020 we will be offering  NASFAA credentialing and in 20-21 the plan is to expand our offering in this area,  I believe that credentialing and eventually earning a Certified Financial Aid Administrator Certification (CFAA) IS OUR FUTURE. Jump aboard!

A Financial Aid Professional belongs to their state association, gets 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 now. 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 I and all of us are so proud of.

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

Howard Leslie, NYSFAAA President - [email protected]


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 2019 and 2020 Tax Issues for Financial Aid Officers

Thursday May 28th  10am-12pm EST

Even though the 2021-2022 FAFSA won't be released until October 1st, most financial aid officers have had to review 2019 tax returns as they address income adjustment appeals for the spring of 2019-2020 and all of 2020-2021. This webinar will start with a review of the 2019 Form 1040 and Schedules 1, 2, and 3, so aid officers can locate all of the 2020-2021 FAFSA data elements on these forms, and how you can tell if you need Schedules 1, 2, and 3 in 2019. We'll then look at changes to the tax code implemented in 2019 that might impact how you approach these professional judgements. Next, we'll move on to 2020, and review the pandemic related income and tax issues that might help you derive an estimated 2020 income. What exactly are the Recovery Rebates for Individuals, who qualifies for them, and how can people who don't file tax returns get them? How has unemployment changed as a result of the CARES Act, and how can we estimate an annual income a person who'd lost their employment due to the pandemic?


The webinar will focus on the aspects of the CARES Act that impact individuals, not institutions, as aid officers work with their students and families to determine their traditional financial aid eligibilities.


Robert  Weinerman, Director of Training
Iron Bridge Resources, LLC



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