Great Lakes Smartsessions for July

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July 2014 Webinar Titles and Descriptions

 

Counseling Borrowers about the New 150% Direct Loan Limit

New regulations may impact your students’ eligibility for funding. Do you know how to help borrowers understand the implications of the 150% Limit for Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans? Attend this session to review new regulations which limit Direct Subsidized Loan eligibility to 150% of a student's academic program length.  Join us as we discuss ways to educate your borrowers.

  • Specific topics covered include:

 

  • ·         Understanding the maximum eligibility period

  • ·         Examining loss of eligibility 

  • ·         Exploring ways to educate your borrowers

 

Presenters: Michiale Schneider and Tasha McDaniel

      

July 9 @ 12 PM, Eastern time

Counseling Borrowers about the New 150% Direct Loan Limit

July 23 @ 3 PM, Eastern time

Counseling Borrowers about the New 150% Direct Loan Limit

    

FERPA: Interpreting the Intricacies

Protecting student privacy is paramount. Understand what needs to be included in your school’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) policy and gain a working knowledge of how to ensure FERPA privacy requirements are met in real-world scenarios. Consider this course not just an introduction to the basics of FERPA, but also an in-depth guide to understanding the rights of students and their parents regarding student education records. The materials presented have been vetted by our privacy specialists to ensure that you get the most accurate and comprehensive assistance available.

Specific topics covered include:

  • Review of final rules
  • Student and parent rights and FERPA
  • Right to access, review, and amend an education record
  • Compliance, complaints, and enforcement

Presenters: Michiale Schneider and Linda Peckham

July 8 @ 12 PM, Eastern time

FERPA: Interpreting the Intricacies

 

July 16 @ 3 PM, Eastern time

FERPA: Interpreting the Intricacies

Database Matches: Resolving Common Comment Codes

This session reviews how the database matches following FAFSA completion impact student aid eligibility and what you can do to help resolve any issues that arise. Leave feeling confident about resolving C-codes and conflicting information.

Specific topics covered include:

  • Review of the Central Processing System database matches
  • Guidance on resolving database mismatches
  • Types of conflicting information and how to resolve them

Presenters: Keyimani Alford and Michiale Schneider

July 9 @ 3 PM, Eastern time

Database Matches: Resolving Common Comment Codes

Applying Federal Methodology

How is a student’s financial need determined? Learn how Federal Methodology is used to calculate a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC)undefinedand be able to calculate an EFC. You’ll be better prepared when making financial aid awards.

Specific topics covered include:

  • Purpose of Federal Methodology
  • Guiding principles of Need Analysis
  • Components
  • Manual EFC calculations
  • Special circumstances

Presenters: Linda Peckham and Keyimani Alford

July 10 @ 12 PM, Eastern time

Applying Federal Methodology

Loans I: Understanding the Basics

Learn the basic details of the different federal loan programs so you can better understand, process, and encourage your students to make good borrowing decisions.

 

Specific topics covered include:

  • Guidelines for educating students on the impact of borrowing loans
  • Types of federal loans and how they compare
  • Using NSLDS
  • The consequences of delinquency and default and what you can do to help borrowers avoid them

 

Presenters: Tasha McDaniel and Keyimani Alford

July 10 @ 3 PM, Eastern time

Loans I: Understanding the Basics

 

Financial Aid for Beginners

Learn the basics of financial aid and gain an understanding of how different programs work and how financial need is determined. This session will review how students apply for financial aid and how the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) fits into the application process to help you better respond to the needs of your students and help them see that a college education is possible.

Specific topics covered include:

  • Deciphering the language of Financial Aid
  • Student eligibility requirements
  • Types of financial aid programs
  • Importance of FERPA privacy provisions

Presenters: Linda Peckham and Keyimani Alford

July 16 @ 12 PM, Eastern time

Financial Aid for Beginners

 

Loans II: Helping Students Succeed in Repayment

Gain a deeper understanding of preparing students for repayment. This session will cover borrower options for repayment and the consequences of default. You’ll come away with a thorough knowledge of loan basics that will help you educate your students on the impact of borrowing student loans.

Specific topics covered include:

  • Repayment options available to students
  • How to prepare your students for repayment
  • The consequences of delinquency and default and what you can do to help borrowers avoid them

Presenters: Tasha McDaniel and Michiale Schneider

 

July 22 @ 3 PM, Eastern time

Loans II: Helping Students Succeed in Repayment

Understanding the Verification Process

Baffled by the complexities of verification? This session will give you the information you need to simplify the verification process into three easy steps. We’ll also define some common issues found during the review process and how you can resolve them.

Specific topics covered include:

  • Understanding verification requirements
  • Step-by-step instructions for reviewing documentation and completing the verification process
  • How to resolve verification findings

Presenters: Michiale Schneider and Linda Peckham

 

July 30 @ 3 PM, Eastern time

Understanding the Verification Process

Understanding the FAFSA: It All Starts Here

Get a comprehensive overview of the FAFSA. This session steps you through the FAFSA line by line. We’ll help you feel comfortable assisting your students so they can correctly complete this crucial first step to receiving federal financial aid.

Specific topics covered include:

  • Applying for financial aid
  • Answering dependency questions
  • Processing the FAFSA

Presenters: Keyimani  Alford and Linda Peckham

July 23 @ 12 PM, Eastern time

Understanding the FAFSA: It All Starts Here

 

Great Lakes Default Management Tools: Learn, Access, Implement

Staying in touch with borrowers who are struggling with repayment can help you minimize your cohort default rate.  Great Lakes tools can help you with these important outreach efforts. This session will show you how to use our Borrowers at Risk report and Delinquency Letter Tool to connect with former students and steer them away from default. You’ll also learn how schools have successfully tackled specific default challenges using our tools.

 

Presenters: Tasha McDaniel and Michiale Schneider

July 24 @ 3 PM, Eastern time

Great Lakes Default Management Tools: Learn, Access, Implement

Don’t Fear the FISAP

Are you a new director faced with completing your first FISAP this fall?  Make the FISAP process more manageable by starting with a plan for collecting the data from your enterprise system.

New aid directors faced with completing the FISAP (Fiscal Operations Report and Application to Participate) for the first time are often overwhelmed by the scope of the report. But the FISAP process can be made easier and less daunting if you start early with a plan for how and where to collect the necessary data. This webinar will provide a step by step review of the FISAP sections, guidance on how to collect data in advance, and advice for how to minimize submission errors.

 

Guest Presenter - Heather McDonnell, Associate Dean of Financial Aid and Admission, Sarah Lawrence College

Heather McDonnell has over 30 years of experience in financial aid administration at both public and private institutions. She is an expert on federal processing issues and need analysis and an experienced financial aid trainer for NYSFAA, the College Board and EASFAA.

Specific topics to be covered include:

  • What is the FISAP and why is it required?
  • What data is collected on the FISAP and what does the Department of Education do with the data?
  • The FISAP sections
  • Where and how to pull your institutional data for each FISAP section
  • How to submit the FISAP
  • Possible error messages and what they mean

Presenters: Linda Peckham and Heather McDonnell

July 29 @ 12 PM, Eastern time

Don’t Fear the FISAP

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