The New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA) will hold its 51st annual Novice Training Workshop from Monday, June 13, 2022 through Friday, June 17, 2022 as a virtual event.

This workshop has been primarily designed for financial aid personnel with less than one year of experience. We encourage admissions and enrollment management personnel, as well as others who would like to gain a complete, comprehensive understanding of financial aid administration to enroll. If you meet this description, or know anyone that does, we suggest you enroll and/or pass the word.

This year the program provides five half-days of intensive training on the administration of financial aid. Training is structured in formal, large group presentations and informal small discussion groups.  This gives participants a detailed overview of each topic, followed by the opportunity to discuss special points of interest and to apply their new knowledge using case studies.  All participants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity for professional growth through group and individual interaction. Full-time participation in the Workshop is expected of all attendees.

A certificate will be awarded on the final day of the workshop, acknowledging active and successful participation in the program. This participation includes attendance and written/oral interaction within each session (formal and informal groups).  A written test will be administered and the results will be used in conjunction with staff critique to determine each participant’s evaluation.


NYSFAAA has purchased licenses to ZOOM and WHOVA. This will make your experience interactive and provide networking capability. We have scheduled in networking time during, and after each day of the conference. 


The cost is $120, which includes NYSFAAA membership* for the 2022-23 year.  This is an incredible bargain as the in-person NOVICE usually costs over $600!  You must have registered and paid in full by Monday, June 6, 2022. Refunds after this date will be considered for extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis.  

*NYSFAAA membership comes with a lot of value. Our Statewide Training alone provides 10-12 timely professional webinars a year. This past year we provided an additional 10 NASFAA credentials free, via webinar, to members. Want to know where the information is? Go no further than the NYSFAAA website (available for members only).

DRAFT AGENDA (subject to change)

Date Times Topics
Monday, June 13 9:00am to 1:15pm Welcome, General Provisions, Federal Methodology
Tuesday, June 14 9:00am to 2:00pm Pell, Packaging and Budgeting, Campus Based Aid
Wednesday, June 15 9:00am to 12:45pm New York State Aid, Verification
Thursday, June 16 9:00am to 12:45pm Professional Judgement, Loans
Friday, June 17 9:00am to 1:15pm Final Exam, Breakout Sessions (TBA), Wrap Up


Best regards,

Rob Zasso ([email protected]
and Sean Sherwood ([email protected]

NOVICE Committee Co-Chairs