- VASFAA Fall Workshop handouts are available now! Please click here to get copies.
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- The Summer 2013 Newsletter is now available! Please click here to read a copy.
Updated President's Message: Fall 2013
Dear VASFAA Colleagues,
I cannot believe that it is already October and that Christmas is only a few short months away. Time sure flies when you are having fun in Financial Aid! I am sure that the past few months have been tiring in your offices working with incoming students as well as preparing and submitting SCHEV and FISAP. I know that I am finding myself barely keeping my head above water most days. I encourage all of you to continue to “Press On” during these difficult and trying times. An unknown author stated the following about perseverance:
“When things go wrong as they sometimes will; when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill; when the funds are low, and the debts are high and you want to smile, but have to sigh; when care is pressing you down a bit-rest if you must, but do not quit. Success is failure turned inside out; the silver tint of the clouds of doubt; and you can never tell how close you are it may be near when it seems so far’ so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-it’s when things go wrong that you must not quit”.
Moving forward, I wanted to provide an update as to what VASFAA has been involved in since my last update as well a few important events that are coming up that I would encourage each of you to participate in.
Last Friday, I had the privilege of hosting the annual VASFAA Fall Non-Conference Workshop at my host school, Liberty University. We had a total of 123 attendees and were able to hear from a distinguished panel of speakers that included: Lee Andes from SCHEV, Karen McCarthy from NASFAA, Becky Robinson from Virginia529 and Beth Robinson from Virginia529. I trust that the presentations were helpful and that you were able to network with other financial aid professionals. The VASFAA Executive Board also met during the workshop and went over various updates and goals that each member has for the remainder of the year.
During the month of November, there are two major college access events taking place. First, is College Nights in Virginia during November 1st-15th. This event is sponsored annually by ECMC and helps students understand why college is important, choosing the right college, paying for college and how to participate in scholarship searches and common scams. The second event is Virginia College Application week that takes place November 18th-22nd. This event is part of the IamtheOne campaign and focuses on increasing the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree. This event provides students with hands-on assistance and many colleges offer application fee waivers. Please visit http://www.vasfaa.com/Default.aspx?pageId=1680526to receive more information on these upcoming events.
Lastly, Super FAFSA Week (formerly Super Saturday) will be taking place February 1st-8th. The Site Host Application is now available as well as the Site Coordinator Manual for interested. The Site Host Application must be submitted no later than Friday, November 1st. Please visit http://www.vasfaa.com/super for more information.
Keep Pressing On!
Ashley Ann Reich
VASFAA President 2013-2014