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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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February 14, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm

Professional Judgement - Exercising Professional Judgement can be challenging!

Exercising Professional Judgement in Title IV aid administration can be challenging. Join us as panelists discuss scenarios where Professional Judgement may and may not be applied, and examples of how institutional policy guides Administrators on how various unusual circumstances are handled.

Sarah O'Neal, Associate Vice President, Financial Aid
Berkeley College

Renee Nunziato, Campus Director of Financial Aid
Suffolk County Community College

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March 13, 2020  10:00am - 12:00pm  Statewide Training Comes to Your Region

Topic: Loans - The Federal, The Private, The Regs. And The New

This session provide will information on student loans and repayment options for both Federal and Private, NYS loan forgiveness program, major regulations and guidance on defining a semester and SULA.  We will also review and discuss the new version of and the Informed Borrower Tool.

Locations/Details/Times for regions – To Be Determined

*Additional information will be provide to you by your Regional Representatives.  That information may or may not include additional training and/or meals being provided.






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Annual Conference




October 27-29, 2020

Hilton Hotel

Huntington, NY







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