NOVICE Training 2023

NOVICE HAS ENDED for 2023 - see you in 2024!

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Novice price: $555 – includes $70 NYSFAAA membership fee and Novice fee of $485.


Monday, June 5
9:00- 11:00 AM Registration
11:15 AM Welcome from NYSFAAA President Patti Donahue
Monday training topics:

  • General Provisions: Institutional and Student Eligibility
  • Online demonstration: FSA Partners & Digital FSA Handbook

Tuesday training topics:

  • Federal Methodology – Current and preview of known 2024-2025 changes
  • Pell Grant – Current and preview of known 2024-2025 changes
  • Title IV Campus Based Programs

Wednesday training topics:

  • Federal Student Loans
  • Budgets and Packaging
  • Institutional Methodology
  • Online demonstration:

Thursday training topics:

  • Verification
  • New York State Grants and Scholarships
  • Concurrent sessions
    • Satisfactory Academic Progress
    • Veteran’s Benefits
    • Creating and Troubleshooting FSA ID Issues
  • Final Exam

Friday training topics:

  • Professional Judgement
  • Final Exam Review
  • Certificate of Completion awarded

Arrival and Transportation

Training site location: Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry Campus
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Site registration is open Monday, June 5 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM. The Novice Training Workshop kicks off at 11:15 AM. Attendees are expected to be on site by 11:00 AM, Monday, June 5, 2023. If you are traveling from a distance or by air, you may want to arrive on Sunday afternoon. Lodging is available for attendees arriving Sunday afternoon at no extra cost.

If you plan to arrive on Sunday afternoon, please notify the co-chairs at [email protected] so that you may receive instructions for early arrival.

If you plan to travel by air, LaGuardia is the nearest airport to the Dobbs Ferry Campus. 
The nearest subway station is the Ardsley-on-Hudson Station of the Metro-North Hudson Line.

Packing List & Required Tools

Below is a list of items you should bring with you:

  • Laptop or electronic device*
  • Toiletries – soap, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, shower cap, etc.
  • Sneakers for evening group activities
  • T-shirt with your school/organization’s logo for School Spirit Day on Thursday
  • Casual clothing appropriate for professional training (shorts, sandals, light sweater/hoodie for air-conditioned rooms)
  • Business casual attire for the banquet at the end of the week

*Required Learning Tools
All training materials will be online. Attendees must bring a laptop or electronic device other than a cell phone that can access the internet. Expect to engage in online activities at and FSA partners. The online 2022-2023 Federal Student Aid Handbook will be the primary resource for presentations, training topics, and learning activities. You may download a pdf of the FSA Handbook to your electronic device at this link: The online resource for all presentations and handouts will be emailed to paid registrants on June 1st .


Novice attendees will be residing at Hudson Hall in suite style housing that features double rooms and a shared bathroom. Linens, pillows, blanket, and towels will be provided. You will also receive paper towel, toilet paper, hand soap, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes for your room.

Recreational and athletic events will take place in the Hudson Hall lounge and outdoor patio areas. Virtual tours of Hudson Hall are available at this link:


Meals are included in your registration fee. Breakfast will be available Tuesday -Friday; lunch, Monday through Friday; and dinner Monday through Thursday. Be sure to list any food allergies and meal preferences (vegan, vegetarian, Kosher, Halal, etc.) on your registration form. Lite snacks are provided during evening activities. 


Email [email protected] with any questions.

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