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  • 16 Apr 2018 9:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For so many the path to the American Dream is through college. A college education can make a world of difference for most students. The median yearly income gap between high school and college graduates is around $17,500. However, for millions of first-generation, low-income students, the pathway to and through college is broken. They have the ambition and smarts, but face an uneven playing field. Lack of access to capital prevents low-income students from accessing the same colleges, opportunities, and outcomes of higher-income peers. 

    Each year, seven million high-achieving, low-income students are accepted into, but cannot afford four-year public & private non-profit institutions. Lacking credit history and co-signers, this segment of students is persistently underbanked, facing average out-of-pocket gaps between $5,000 to $15,000 per year. In aggregate, this represents an annual underfunding gap between $35-$105 billion per year (net of institutional aid and the $140 billion Federal financial aid program). 

    Since 1970, degree attainment for high-income adults has increased from 40% to 77% and barely crawled from 7% to 9% for low-income adults. Sixup levels the playing field with a new system to fund and incubate underserved human capital into transformative economic and social impact at scale. The cumulative value of investing in this population translates into generational mobility, workforce pipelines, and economic development. Researchers estimate that achieving educational equity will generate and add $86 trillion GDP (60-year NPV) to the U.S. economy. 

    At Sixup we’re committed to changing these statistics. We are creating a movement of students, educators, counselors, investors, corporations, and foundations with a singular, passionate focus: to help low-income, first-generation students reach their full potential in college and beyond. 

    We’d love to chat with you about how we can work together to make a change. We’ll be at the conference starting April 22, 2018, and are looking forward to meeting all of you. If you have any questions about Sixup please check out our site at sixup.com or email Lenny Akins at lenny@Sixup.com. See you soon! 


  • 10 Apr 2018 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Next Gen Web Solutions’ software brings accuracy, compliance, speed and security to school administrative processes that help students support their education. Come visit the Next Gen Booth at the upcoming 2018 TASFAA conference to find out all you need to know about these powerful efficiency technology solutions;

    Dynamic Forms is a secure, state of the art e-sign/workflow solution that provides a simple way for non-technical users to take any paper-based form and quickly build a sophisticated interactive, electronic form that can be published to your SIS portal or outside website.

    Scholarship Manager provides a comprehensive solution to your scholarship program. From building student profiles through smart applications and school information system (SIS) data integration, through online review and awarding, Scholarship Manager can help you automate, simplify and transform your scholarship process.

    JobX is the only comprehensive solution in the market specifically designed to meet the unique challenges of the Federal Work Study (FWS), Job Location Development (JLD), and Student Employment businesses. From online job postings, applications, compliance checks, hiring, and reporting, JobX can help you automate, simplify, and reduce expenses associated with your on- and off-campus processes.

    TimesheetX provides a comprehensive solution for your employment timesheet needs. From online timesheet entry, time off accruals, employer approvals, budget/accrual/award balance tracking, payroll integration, compliance services, and reporting, TimesheetX can immediately save your institution thousands of dollars annually.

    TASFAA Conference – Don’t Miss the UTK / Next Gen Session & a chance to win a Yeti Tumbler!!!!

    Session: FWS, Student Employment & Technology - How to survive budget cuts, be more efficient, and eliminate compliance violations!

    Session Date/Time: Monday, April 23 - 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

    Location: Mirabella A

    This informative session will discuss UTK’s lessons learned following their FWS DOE audit and specifically how you;

    • CAN avoid costly FWS and State/Federal Labor Law violations, penalties & fines;
    • CAN be more efficient managing your entire employment lifecycle
    • CAN survive severe budget cuts; and
    • CAN bring considerable cost savings to your institutional bottom-line.

    For anyone interested in scheduling a demo of one or more of the Next Gen Efficiency Solutions, please visit www.ngwebsolutions.com to request a demo TODAY!!!


  • 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)

    SAVE THE DATE!

    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"!


    https://www.tasfaatn.com/fall-training-2017


  • 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.


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