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COVID-19 Resources

  • NASFAA releases the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) Timeline

  • State Council of Higher Education for Virginia:  COVID-19 Information

    Website:  https://schev.edu/index/covid  

    Includes:  Links to the COVID-19 pages of four-year and two-year IHE’s in Virginia, Information for student loan borrowers, and more    

  • Federal Student Aid:  Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents

    Website:  https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus

    Includes: FAQ’s on the impact of the coronavirus on financial aid for current students and federal student loans for borrowers in repayment

  • Federal Trade Commission: Coronavirus Scams: What the FTC is Doing

    Website: ftc.gov/coronavirus

    Includes: Information about Coronavirus scams and tips to avoid them, graphics to share on social media, and links to other resources

  • U.S. Department of Education: COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

    Website: https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus

Working From Home (WFH) Tools and Tips

Nanette White, from Sallie Mae, offers some sound advice in these extraordinary times.

If you’re not used to working from home, you might think it’s going to be just like
working in your office, except with sweatpants. But if you ask any of your remote
colleagues or friends who have experience, you’ll quickly learn that it can be
challenging if you’re not prepared.

So, how are you going to do it? This article will give you some tips on how to adjust to working-from-home while keeping your routine in check, and maintaining productivity.

Please feel free to reach out to me at (434) 528-5461 with any questions.

News & Announcements

Welcome to VASFAA

The mission of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA) is to provide a safe and open environment for financial aid professionals from all sectors to interact, learn, and exchange ideas. With the highest level of integrity, VASFAA provides training and support and advocates for the profession so students and families seeking to afford post-secondary education in the Commonwealth are well-served.



Welcome to the 2020-2021 year!  As the 2020-2021 VASFAA President, I look forward to serving over the next year with you and the newly elected members of the VASFAA Board.  This summer, on June 14-16, 2020, the VASFAA Board hosted the annual transition retreat VIRTUALLY!  We worked to envision the future of the organization as we navigate through these historic times.  Thank you to the 2019-2020 Board for your work in making the transition to the 2020-2021 Board as smooth as possible. 

Over the past several months, we have been faced with having to rethink how we approach serving our students and with challenges of staffing, technology, concerns of budget cuts, reopening planning, and hiring freezes.  In the spirit of a true Financial Aid Administrator, you have risen to the challenge and you have continued to serve your students, your institution/organization, your community, and VASFAA.

Over the next year, we will continue the great work of VASFAA, focusing our efforts toward:

  • continuing to provide opportunities for high quality professional development and training;
  • increasing diversity of VASFAA membership by strengthening support and training to all sectors;
  • implementing a plan to ensure the financial security of VASFAA;
  • growing VASFAA as an organization, by increasing volunteerism across sectors; and
  • increasing the visibility of VASFAA.

As we look into the future, there are many unknowns:

(1) when will we all fully return to campus to work?;

(2) when will students return to campus and attend classes face-to-face?;

(3) what will become our “normal”?;

(4) when will we be able to gather in-person with financial aid administrator friends again?; and

(5) what will enrollment look like in the fall of 2020 and maybe even spring 2021?

With all of the questions and concerns, we can rely on one constant:  VASFAA will be here to support the financial aid profession as it has for 50+ years.  As we do every day, we will continue to serve with this year’s theme, “Rise to the Challenge”, in mind.  Every day, we assist students in overcoming challenges as they navigate their educational journey.  We will use these experiences to continue to strengthen the VASFAA organization as we “Rise to the Challenge” and provide supports to our membership for life during and after COVID-19.

In spite of these challenges, we are planning to continue to provide quality professional development training opportunities for our membership.  As we may face challenges with hosting in-person opportunities, we are also working to develop and provide virtual opportunities.  If you have not already paid your 2020-2021 membership fee, please do so.   Also, if you may be interested in volunteering with VASFAA, please consider submitting the volunteer form.  We welcome you to join the many others that are working diligently for VASFAA.  We are better together!

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your 2020-2021 VASFAA President.  I look forward to leading as we “Rise to the Challenge” together.

Best wishes for a successful year,

Sherika Charity

2020-2021 VASFAA President


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