Student Eligibility

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Class starts: September 15, 2014

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

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While this class is not currently available, the 2015-16 Online Course Schedule will be available in Spring 2015. In the meantime, a Self-Study Guide is available on this topic.  


This course provides an overview of general student eligibility criteria and documentation requirements, acquaints attendees with the role of the Central Processing System (CPS), the student eligibility database matches, and the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), as well as how certain educational programs affect student eligibility. 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 the course fee.  

NASFAA University courses are 100% online with an asynchronous focus, meaning an attendee can log on anytime/anyplace and participate in course requirements – naturally there are due dates, i.e. weekly assignments that must be completed. There are also weekly synchronous class meetings, 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 the live sessions, we do encourage attendance to due to the highly collaborative nature of the courses. 

The weekly live class schedule is as follows: 

  • Monday 09/15/14 6pm - 7pm ET
  • Monday 09/22/14 6pm - 7pm ET
  • Monday 09/29/14 6pm - 7pm ET 
  • Monday 10/06/14 6pm - 7pm ET

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 Lesson Video Example  

Below is an example of one of the weekly lesson videos made available to attendees of the course. In addition to the live weekly classes, discussion forums, homework lessons, self-assessments, and reading material that is provided to the attendee - these streaming videos are an integral part of the content delivery and allow attendees to view presentations anytime they choose to view them. Please note this video is from the fall 2013 course and new content will be provided to attendees of the fall 2014 course. 

Course Get-Together Live Video Example 

Below is an example of the first live weekly class for this course. Not only are attendees paving their way to a NASFAA Credential, they are networking, collaborating, and learning from their peers. Peek inside this live Get-Together session and see for yourself what a great learning opportunity the online courses are!

Course Facilitators 

David TolmanDavid Tolman’s career in financial aid began in 1992. Before joining NASFAA, he had been the Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at Boise State University for nearly 12 years. His training experience includes many summers as faculty for WASFAA Summer Institutes, being a non-federal trainer with the U.S. Department of Education, and an instructor for NASFAA decentralized training. David also taught principles of microeconomics courses at Boise State University as an adjunct faculty member. His education includes a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree from Arizona State University.

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. 

brendamurthaWe are also pleased to announce that Brenda Murtha will be adjunct faculty for this course! Brenda Murtha has worked in financial aid for over 35 years. She has been at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the past 24 years, including 18 years as the Director of Financial Aid. Brenda has presented numerous times at state and regional conferences, and has served on the faculty of RMASFAA Summer Institute. 

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 September 12
  • $50 cancellation fee September 13 - 14 

If you do not cancel by 6:00 am ET September 15, 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.