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  • 19 Feb 2018 6:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear TASFAA Members,

    I hope your year has gotten off to a great start and you have found time to catch your breath, if only for a moment now that classes are well underway.  It is a very exciting time for TASFAA as we are just a little over two months from our 50th Anniversary celebration and annual conference.  Your conference committee has been working extremely hard to make this year’s conference one of the best in our 50 years as an association.  The theme this year is Honoring the Past, Building the Future as we must not forget those that not only helped build TASFAA into the strong association that it is today but also made the way for us to continue the important work for our students for the next 50 years.  The conference registration will be open online very soon, and I am truly looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible in April.  I also want to take the time to keep the association informed about the ongoing work that TASFAA is doing as well as the recent results of our TASFAA Elections.

    A TASFAA member meeting was held on February 13, 2017, at the SASFAA conference in Alexandria, Virginia.  About 20 TASFAA members attended.  After a welcome and introductions of attendees, Marian Dill, SASFAA Past President, delivered a SASFAA update.  Celena Tulloss, SASFAA Vice President, shared information about the 2018 SASFAA New Aid Officers Workshop to be held June 3 – 8 at Wofford College.  I would like to encourage any member with 3 years or less experience to attend.  TASFAA is pleased to offer the Clyde Walker Professional Development Scholarship to a qualified member.

    Our meeting continued with a discussion on TN legislation, specifically the Compete to Complete Act SB 2259 and HB 2114.  Many of you were on the January 31 phone call with Tim Phelps and other members of TSAC discussing the bill. Let your institution’s administration know about this bill and the impact it may have on your students. If you have concerns about this bill, now is the time to speak with your Tennessee Legislator

    While at SASFAA Tiffany Summers, TASFAA President Elect from Lipscomb University, and Phyllis Faulkner from University of Tennessee Health Science Center joined Ron Gambill, TASFAA Legislative Chair, on Hill visits! They were able to meet with staff members from the offices of Congressman Cohen (D-TN) , Congressman Roe (R-TN), and Congressman Cooper (D-TN),  as well as a member from the office of Virginia Foxx (R-NC). They spoke on behalf of our students and shared support and concerns with the Prosper Act.  Thank you to those three for their advocacy!

    To wrap up our meeting, Karen Hauser, TASFAA Past President and Nominations Chair, reported on our election results.   401 ballots were submitted, and 198 votes were cast (49%).  Karen recognized the Nominations committee and the work done to provide a full slate of candidates.  I would also like to express my gratitude to each TASFAA member who ran for office for their willingness to serve TASFAA.  Congratulations to the 2018-2019 TASFAA elected officers:

                    President Elect: Joe Myers, Motlow Community College
                    Secretary: Kacee Hardy, Dyersburg Community College
                    Member at Large: Eric Farmer, TSAC
                    4-yr Public Sector: Jennifer Buckles, UT Chattanooga
                    4-yr Private Sector: Chanell Thomas, Vanderbilt University
                    Community College & 2-yr Sector: Holly Malone, North East State Community College
                    TCAT Sector: Cara Suhr, TCAT Nashville
                    Proprietary Sector: Mary Kidd, Nossi College of Art

    I would like to congratulate Leah Louallen, TASFAA Conference Chair, on her election to the SASFAA Executive Board. Leah will be serving as Treasurer Elect for 2018-2019 and Treasurer for 2019-2020.  Leah has served TASFAA in this same capacity in the past, so I know that SASFAA will truly benefit from her hard work and attention to detail.

    I would also like to congratulate Marian Dill.  Marian is a former TASFAA President, current SASFAA Past President, and Lee University Director of Financial Aid.  The NASFAA membership elected Marian to serve as a Representative-at-Large for a two-year term beginning in the 2018-19 program year.  The six National  Representatives-at-Large are elected without regard to geographical location.  This is a tribute to Marian's service to the profession as she was elected not just by TASFAA members but by institutional NASFAA members across the country.

    Again, watch for our TASFAA conference registration to open soon. You won’t want to miss our 50th annual conference as it will definitely be one to remember.  See you in April!

    Charles Harper

    TASFAA President

  • 10 Jan 2018 9:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2018 SASFAA Conference registration has been extended!

    Hotel Cutoff New Date January 16th Please take advantage of the conference room rate of $145 plus taxes / night.  Click here to book your room TODAY

    Open Registration will end January 16th.  Take advantage of the conference rate of $275.  Additional fees will be assessed to registrations on or after January 17th Click here to register TODAY

    Conference Sessions include . . .

    • ·       Washington Updates

    • ·       Year Round Pell

    • ·       Data Sharing

    • ·       Fraudulent Documents

    • ·       COD Updates

    • ·       R2T4

    • ·       NASFAA U credentialing 

    • ·       Excel Training (pre-con session)

    • ·       And much more. . . For more information go to www.SASFAA.org

    See You in Alexandria, VA


  • 28 Dec 2017 12:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    2018 TASFAA Conference & 50th Anniversary Celebration

    April 22 – 25, 2018

    Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro Tennessee


    On behalf of the TASFAA Conference Committee, I would like to invite you to TASFAA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in April 2018. We will send detailed conference information when registration opens in February. There will be more surprises and special guests than you can imagine! You don’t want to miss this event as we will be Honoring the Past and Building the Future!

    In order to make this the best possible conference, we need your help with the following items:

    Call for Sessions: This is your conference and we want to make sure we are providing sessions on the hottest topics that are impacting you. Please email any session recommendations to Leah Louallen at Leah.Louallen@tn.gov by January 10, 2018.

    Former TASFAA Members: We are inviting all former TASFAA Members to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. We don’t want anyone to be left out! Please think of all of our friends who have retired or moved on to other careers or states and would want to join us. We will create a database of these friends to send direct conference communication. Please email Karen Hauser at K.Hauser@vanderbilt.edu with the name, mailing address, email address and/or phone number of our friends from years past.

    Get these dates on your calendar so that you don’t miss out on this celebration! It wouldn’t be the same without you there!

    Kind Regards,

    Leah Louallen
    2017-18 Conference Chair

  • 03 Nov 2017 7:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check out this interesting read submitted by your TASFAA Diversity Committee 2017

    Racism is Literally Bad for Your Health

  • 27 Sep 2017 10:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please check out our 2017 FALL Training page - we are having training in the West, Middle and Eastern part of the great state of Tennessee.

    Choose your desired location and get "Bonafide"!


  • 11 Sep 2017 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please remember the family and friends of Mary Hendrix.  Mary was a former Financial Aid Director at Walters State Community College and a former TASFAA President.  To view memorial information for Mary or to share a memory or message in the Guest Book, please visit http://www.elainehendrix.com/marymemorial.

  • 29 Aug 2017 2:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hope your summer and Fall registration has gone well! Is enrollment up? Did you have issues processing 399s? Well training is right around the corner. The TASFAA Fall Training Series will be held October 31 in the west, November 1 in the central state and November 2 in the east. Make sure you SAVE THE DATE for the date in your area.

    We know that David Bartnicki will join us for a federal update but other sessions and exact locations have yet to be determined.

    If you have any suggestions for topics – please email Lester McKenzie, TASFAA Training Chair at lmckenzie@tntech.edu.

  • 20 Jul 2017 2:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration and lodging for the 2017 FSA Conference are now open!  Visit http://fsaconferences.ed.gov/ to make your reservations today!

  • 02 Jun 2017 12:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The 2016-2017 year is wrapping up at our institutions as well as in TASFAA.   Our theme this year was Education is Key. I can attest to the fact that I gained an educational experience from my role in TASFAA this year! Serving as your association president has been a highlight in my career. I want to thank your board and committee chairs as well as all those who volunteered throughout the year. Your commitment and support of the mission and efforts of TASFAA makes us an outstanding organization.  As I look back over the year I see that our mission was accomplished with great trainings and participation from our members. 

    This spring TASFAA sent advocacy letters to TN Senator Alexander and TN Congressman Roe with proposals to assist families in the FAFSA process as a result of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool issue. The good news is, TASFAA got to follow up by sending each of them thank you letters for the verification relief granted on April 24th!  We will take relief any way we can get it!

    Our annual conference was a huge success. A shout out of thanks goes to your conference planning committee!  We had 272 registered attendees, 16 vendor/sponsor friends supporting us, 50 presenters, and 28 moderators.  A great time was had by all - especially at BingoJ!   Thank you for your generosity in giving to our conference sponsored charity, End Slavery TN.  A check, in the amount of $1,656, was sent to ESTN on your behalf!

     Transparency is critical for our success. As always, the recordings of association business are maintained on our TASFAA website. Feel free to stop by there and check it out.  Speaking of success, TASFAA is seeking volunteers for the 2017-18 year. Charles Harper is in planning stages for the next year with a board transition meeting scheduled in July. Committees will be formed to implement fall trainings, hill visits, FAFSAA frenzies, and the annual conference.

    I will be heading to the SASFAA transition meeting next week as one of my final duties. Marian Dill, who is the director of financial aid at Lee University and TASFAA past-president, has done an outstanding job as SASFAA President. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving on the SASFAA board under her leadership.

    Again, I want to thank you for this opportunity to serve as your TASFAA president.


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