The Institute on Financial Aid is a weeklong professional development experience in Denver, Colorado for new and experienced financial aid staff. Topics range from financial aid basics to more advanced discussions of challenges and shared best practices. The Institute combines information-packed general sessions with small group discussions. Participants use case studies to apply basic concepts, principles, and procedures to the practical challenges of financing college. Mentoring, networking, and program management training make the conference an invaluable professional development experience.
The College Board offers two options:
- New staff members (less than three years of experience): attend the full week program where you will learn basic financial aid concepts such as Federal Methodology, types of aid, forms, applications, and verification.
- Advanced staff members: join the final two and a half days of the Institute, which include advanced topics such as Institutional Methodology, professional judgment, ethics, and connections to enrollment management.
For more information, email Jim Bonner.
Opening Speaker/Faculty: Joe Garcia
President, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
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Every new counselor that is hired in our office is expected to attend the Institute because it provides hands-on experience with both federal and institutional methodologies. The faculty empowers attendees to become active members in the financial aid profession and attendees leave the Institute with a network of knowledgeable colleagues and, many times, a set of friends in the profession.
— Sean Ferns, Associate Director of Systems and Operations for the Office of Financial Aid