Satisfactory Academic Progress

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Class starts: April 6, 2015

Cost: $299 per registrant (members and non-members).

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This course provides an overview of the required and optional elements of an institutional satisfactory academic progress policy. Learning topics focus on calculating pace, student appeals, the impact of transfer credits, and the use of academic plans. Presentations, discussion topics, and homework assignments reinforce key course concepts. A credential is provided after successfully completing and passing the credential test, which is available at the conclusion of the course and included in your course fee.

NASFAA University courses are 100% online with an asynchronous focus, meaning the individual attendee can log on anytime/anyplace (assuming they have Internet access) and participate in course requirements – naturally there are due dates they will need to adhere to, i.e. weekly assignments that must be completed. There are also weekly synchronous class meetings held one night per week at 6pm ET (schedule to be released soon). However, these “live” classes are optional and recorded for on-demand viewing by the course attendee. While there will be no grade reductions for students that do not attend these live classes, we do encourage attendance to due to the highly collaborative nature of the courses.

Live Class Schedule 

  • Class Meeting 1: 4/06/15 6pm - 7pm ET (Optional Attendance)
  • Class Meeting 2: 4/13/15 6pm - 7pm ET (Optional Attendance)
  • Class Meeting 3: 4/20/15 6pm - 7pm ET (Optional Attendance)
  • Class Meeting 4: 4/27/15 6pm - 7pm ET (Optional Attendance)
  • Credential Testing Period 5/04/15 - 05/17/15 

As a participant of this course you will be asked to:

  • Review educational presentations
  • Complete learning assignments and quizzes
  • Participate in online discussions
  • Collaborate with other financial aid administrators 

Course Facilitators

Eunice PowellEunice Powell began her career in financial aid in 1979 at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she worked for more than 12 years in the Office of Student Financial Aid. Since 1994, Eunice has worked at NASFAA. Currently, she is a Senior Training Specialist in the division of Training and Regulatory Assistance. Eunice is responsible for researching and writing NASFAA training materials and webinars, updating NASFAA publications, and responding to technical questions regarding regulatory issues posed by NASFAA members. She is a graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois.

David FutrellDavid Futrell began his career in financial aid in 1991 as a graduate assistant at The College of William and Mary, where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Since 2000, he has been with NASFAA serving as a Training Specialist and providing training and regulatory assistance to financial aid colleagues. His training experience includes in-person classroom training, online facilitated instruction, webinars, and Web-based course design. He has also served as a nonfederal trainer with the U.S. Department of Education. Before joining NASFAA, he served as Assistant Director of Financial Aid at The University of Vermont and both Associate and Acting Director of Financial Aid at American University.

 Cancellation Policy 

We limit our online class size to ensure that we provide an effective, collaborative learning environment where participants receive experience and attention they need. Requests to cancel must be sent to

By submitting your registration, you agree to the following cancellation schedule:

  • $25 cancellation fee before April 3
  • $50 cancellation fee April 4 - 5 

If you do not cancel by 6:00 am ET April 6, you will be responsible for the full amount of the registration fee. Medical emergencies will be re-scheduled to another available course with a doctor’s note.