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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.

2024 VASFAA Annual Conference Information

Thank you to all who participated in the 2023 VASFAA Annual Conference!  


When: April 14th-17th, 2024

Where: Charlottesville, Virginia

News & Announcements

Upcoming Events

  • Overview of Changes 2024-2025 Financial Aid Cycle, Presented by Robert Weinerman:  We’ve been hearing about, studying, Zooming, and worrying about the impact of the FUTURE Act and the FAFSA Simplification Act for months now – and now it’s actually happening. Let’s take a broad overview of the two acts and how they are changing the way we will process federal applications going forward. We’ll review the key changes made by the two acts, including the move from the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to the Student Aid Index (SAI), changes to Pell Grant eligibility, and the impact of the transition from the IRS DRT to the FUTURE Act Direct Data Exchange (FADDX). We’ll look at how the FADDX will impact V1 verification. And we’ll review changes in the tax code and the use of tax returns as we move to tax year 2022 as the base year for 2024-2025. Join us on October 16th from 10am to 12pm. Registration Now!

  • Save the dates for our exciting in-person events!  Check out the Training Site for Details.
    1. October 2nd, 2023, Laurel Ridge Community College, Warrenton,VA - Registration Open
    2. October 24th, 2023, Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke VA
    3. November 6th, 2023, Williamsburg, VA (TBD)
    4. November 13th, 2023, Lynchburg, VA (TBD)
  • The session with Jillian Sitjar from Schoolhouse Connection presenting Filling out the FAFSA for Homeless and Foster Youth was a success! SchoolHouse Connection is a national organization working to overcome homelessness through education from prenatal to postsecondary. This session will provide an overview of the FAFSA provisions for homeless and foster youth from the FAFSA Simplification Act, strategies to implement, resources available for financial aid administrators, and general best practices for helping support students experiencing homelessness. The recording is now available!
  • If you missed our Recharge event you can now access the recording and other information!  Have you noticed that you get enough sleep, but you're still not feeling rested? Sleep and rest are not the same thing, and sleep doesn't provide all of the different kinds of rest we need. Explore the resources from this campaign during a CommonHealth presentation.  
  • The Great “Unpausing” of Student Loans - We had a great session with good discussion!  The Webinar Slides & Additional Resources and the Unpausing Student Loans Q&A | Best Practices Form are now available for you to review. 
  • FM Verification and Conflicting Information 2023-2024 Webinar: With the pandemic emergency ending in May, it looks like V1 verification may be required in the 2023-2024 academic year. In this webinar, Robert Weinerman, Director of Training at Iron Bridge Resources, LLC, will review the basics of verification and tax forms – including a review of the required documents that must be collected when a student is placed in the V1 verification group. Recording and handouts now available!
  • Breaking Barriers: Accessing State Financial Aid using the VASA Application Webinar:  This session will cover what the VASA application is, who can benefit from it, and how to file it as well as provide a walkthrough of the application. Recording and handouts now available
  • 2023 VASFAA Annual In-Person Conference, Renaissance Hotel, Portsmouth, VA,  May 7th - May 10th, Handouts Available!

COVID-19 Resources

  • 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


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