TASFAA Community Blog
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 email@example.com.
Registration and lodging for the 2017 FSA Conference are now open! Visit http://fsaconferences.ed.gov/ to make your reservations today!
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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TASFAA Governmental Relations
The following information was sent to SASFAA for the April State Legislative Update. It is being shared with the TASFAA members.
On March 6, some members of the TASFAA Board of Directors attended the higher education budget hearings held by the Tennessee House of Representatives’ Finance, Ways and Means Committee. Testimony was provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the University of Tennessee System, the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation supporting their budget requests for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year.
Thirty-four legislative bills have been offered impacting various higher education related programs between the House of Representatives and the State Senate. TASFAA has begun to review the bills to determine if follow-up should be made related to the impact on postsecondary institutions and students. (These bills were sent to TASFAA members via email on March 31)
On March 29, TASFAA members Marian Dill, Ron Gambill and Dick Smelser participated in the SASFAA Hill Day visits in Washington D.C. They met with four Congressional members or staff and attended meetings with the Senate HELP Committee staff and staff of the House Education and Workforce Committee. A reauthorization white paper was discussed during the meetings. The trip was very successful.
Advocating on the Hill. What does that look like for TASFAA? Our organization has had the opportunity to participate in visits to the US Capital twice a year. Well, what about the State of Tennessee? We have a Hill! One of the TASFAA goals this year was to take your sector reps along with other board members and visit the Tennessee Senate and/or House Education Committee while they were in session. The motive was to show the committee our interest as an association and meet with our legislators to thank them for their efforts in funding state financial aid programs.
Tennessee is fortunate to have a governor who knows education is key to the livelihood of individuals and the overall health of our state. On Monday March 6 a small group of TASFAA board members visited a House Finance Budget Hearing. THEC\TSAC along with UT president Dr. DiPietro and TBR chancellor Dr. Tydings submitted comprehensive reports regarding the 2017-18 budget proposal. The hearing was informative and proved that Tennessee public higher education opportunities remain strong with attention on the future.
Speaking of future – have you registered for the TASFAA 2017 annual conference? There will be opportunities to network with colleagues, discuss relevant issues in open forum sessions, learn and reinforce knowledge regarding federal and state regulations and processes. You won’t want to miss our opening keynote speaker Sunday night. Mr. Bowman will ignite you with positive confirmation that what you do every day is key to making our world a better place. We will have guest speakers from the NCAA, FBI, US Department of Education, and leaders from within TASFAA providing professional and timely information. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Vendor/ Sponsor Article
Lester McKenzie, Chair
Are you the solution?
Preparations are being made to the 2017 TASFAA Conference under the leadership of Mr. Charles Harper, conference chair, and Ms. Karen Hauser, President. Last year we welcomed over 262 attendees to the conference.
Let me share with you what is on the mind of Financial Aid Administrators (at least this one and quite a few I have spoken to):
1) Verification and C399s – does your company have a solution?
2) Scholarship Applications – does your company have a solution?
3) Financial Literacy – does your company have a solution?
4) Direct Loan Reconciliation – does your company have a solution?
5) Alternative Loan Processing – does your company have a solution?
6) Call Center Assistance – does your company have a solution?
If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you should sign up now to participate as a vendor at the 2017 Annual TASFAA Conference. We have updated our vendor/sponsor and patron levels to include some options to make our conference a need-to-attend conference.
What is new? All items marked with an * are new!
Patron Level ($4000 to $5499)
Sponsor Level ($3000 to $3999)
Vendor Level ($2000 to $2999)
Can you provide a solution? If so, please plan on attending our annual TASFAA Conference, Sunday, April 23 through Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, TN. If you would like to be a vendor, please contact me soon!
Lester McKenzie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Happy New Year TASFAA! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Now it is back to registration, bills due, freshman packaging for 17/18, 399 resolutions, and keeping the aid train on the tracks!
Here are a few goals your TASFAA board has been working on over the past few months:
Stay warm out there! Hope to see you at either the SASFAA or TASFAA conference (or both!) Remember – what you do matters!
TASFAA President 2016-17
This is a SHORT membership survey and your TASFAA Board would like to hear from you by November 18th. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TASFAAMbrSurvey
We would like to hear what sessions and topics you are interested in. Please respond by November 30th and provide session topics that would interest you and your school. Let us know if you are aware of someone who is an expert on the topic and might be willing to present at the conference. You can send your suggestions to Charles Harper mailto:email@example.com, 2016-17 TASFAA Conference Committee Chair.
The TASFAA Nominations Committee is soliciting names of individuals who may be interested in serving in one of several elected TASFAA positions. If you would like to nominate someone for a particular office or wish to be considered yourself, please notify Richard Smelser, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org by December 9th.
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