Just the Facts Committee

Just the FACTS!

A Subcommittee of Professional Development and Training


 MASFAA Announces Just the FACTS! Training Opportunity

The MASFAA Executive Council and Just the FACTS Planning Committee are pleased to announce the details of the 2010-2011 Just the FACTS! Training. Building on the success of prior years, MASFAA is pleased to once again offer comprehensive, fundamental and inexpensive training to our newest members. The training is designed to meet the needs of new financial aid professionals with less than two years of experience.

The FACTS (Financial Aid Core Training Seminar) uses NASFAA's CORE training materials to provide training in the basics of the financial aid process from A to Z. The training begins with a description of the federal financial assistance programs and concludes with valuable information regarding the various resources available to you as a new financial aid professional. New for 2010: Although the focus of the training is on federal needs analysis and programs, we are pleased to also offer training on Institutional Methodology (IM) this year on Day 3.

The training will be offered over a period of five weeks, one day per week at no cost to MASFAA members. Trainers are seasoned financial aid professionals who have extensive experience in the administration of federal financial aid at various types of institutions (public, private, 2-year, 4-year, graduate or undergraduate).
You must be a MASFAA member in order to register for the training. Please log into the web site using your membership ID and password. If you have not yet become a member, you must do so before you can register for the workshopseries.

 Registration Policy

The training is intended to be comprehensive and it is expected that participants will attend all five weeks (one day per week) of the training. Priority will be given to aid professionals currently working at academic institutions, and to individuals who have not previously attended the Just the FACTS series. Associate members are welcome to attend if space permits.

 Training Dates & Topics

(Training will be offered at one site: -- Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

All sessions run from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm with an hour break for lunch.

October 26, 2010 Overview of Student Aid Programs; Application Process; Federal Methodology
November 2, 2010 Student Eligibility; Verification; Cost of Attendance; Calculation of Federal Pell Grant Awards
November 9, 2010 Institutional Methodology (IM); Packaging and Notification of Awards
November 16, 2010 Federal Direct Loans: Reviewing Program Requirements, Calculating Loan Amounts, and Repayment Features and Counseling Requirements; Private Loans and Title X; Financial Literacy
November 30, 2010 Return of Title IV Funds; The 3 R"s (Resources, Research and Netwo"R"king), Professional Judgment; Counseling Skills


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Ellen Anderson Financial Aid Counselor Assumption College Kathy Anderson Director of College Services MEFA
Meredith Barnhart Manager, Community Outreach MEFA
Carla Berg Associate Director of Financial Aid Bentley University
Robert Coughlin Director of Financial Aid Harvard Medical School
Allene Begley CurtoAssociate Director of Financial AidSpringfield College
Iris Godes Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management Quinsigamond Community College
Deirdre Hurley Title College Scott Juedes Director of Student Financial Services Wellesley College Kendra Lider-Johnson Manager, Integrated Communication and Education MEFA Karensa MacGregor Assistant Director of Student Financial Services Wellesley College
Melissa Metcalf Associate Director Boston College
Lori Moore Financial Literacy Program Director Access Group
Lynne Myers Director of Financial Aid College of the Holy Cross
Julia Padgett Director College Board
Bernie Pekala Director of Financial Strategies Boston College
Lori Seuch Director of Information Technologies MEFA
Meredith Stover Senior Associate Director of Student Financial Services Babson

 Just The Facts List-Serve

When you register your name will be added to the Just the FACTS list-serve. The list-serve will provide a forum for communicating questions and announcements regarding the training with your fellow participants and trainers. Notification regarding delays or cancellations due to inclement weather will be posted to the list-serve.

 Inclement Weather Policy

Inclement Weather Policy: In case of inclement weather, further information will be posted to this site and to the Just the FACTS list-serve.

 Directions/Transportation Options

Wellesley College is located at 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA for directions on driving to campus, please visit their website:


 Monthly Reports

2013-2014 Just the Facts! Committee Reports

2012-2013 Just the Facts! Committee Reports



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