Spring Workshops and Webcasts Spotlight Federal Regulations, Student Success

This spring’s USA Funds® University financial aid workshops will help you learn about the U.S. Department of Education’s latest revisions and requirements — and how the changes affect your school and students.

Attend a workshop, and you’ll also explore the barriers to persistence and program completion that many of today’s college students face. And you’ll take a closer look at the “150 percent rule” for subsidized Direct Loans.

Beginning on April 15 and scheduled in 35 locations throughout the nation, the workshops are for financial aid professionals with a strong understanding of student aid administration. Workshops begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 12:30 p.m. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the workshop.

Training topics include:

  • Federal Update — The rules that regulate the administration of federal student aid programs are ever-changing and evolving. Sequestration continues to affect federal student aid funds. New verification requirements challenge aid administrators to be aware of the latest guidance. Final rules include changes related to education loan programs. The Department is in the process of conducting negotiated rulemaking on gainful employment, cash management, state authorization and other topics. How will all of these changes affect your school and students? USA Funds will provide the most up-to-date information to help you make sense of it all.
  • Student Success: Persistence to Program Completion — Students attend college expecting to improve their lives. Earning a college degree or certificate increases the chances of finding a job, which means persistence toward achieving an academic credential is critically important to student success. Explore the barriers to persistence and program completion that many of today’s college students face, and discuss the role of the financial aid office in their success.
  • 150 Percent Direct Subsidized Loan Limits — With the introduction of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, schools have a whole new set of counseling, awarding and reporting challenges. What are the nuances of the “150 percent rule” for subsidized Direct Loans? How can you make sure you accurately report the required information? How do you find and interpret the new 150 percent loan limit data? Through training, discussion and case studies, this workshop will explore these questions. It will provide tips for using the information to package aid and effectively counsel students.

Webcasts available

For those who are unable to attend the in-person workshops, live webcasts provide an additional training opportunity. Workshop webcasts are from 2-3:30 p.m. Eastern time on the days listed below.

  • May 20 — Federal Update.
  • May 21 — Student Success: Persistence to Program Completion.
  • May 22 — 150 Percent Direct Subsidized Loan Limits.

USA Funds also will post webcast recordings online. The webcast recordings are part of USA Funds University’s online financial aid training — available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Enroll online

For more information and to enroll, follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to the USA Funds University learning system at www.usafundstraining.org.
  2. Click Catalog in the left navigation.
  3. Click Instructor Led Classes under the All Types heading.
  4. Type "workshop" in the Search Terms box at the top of the page.
  5. Click the workshop for which you wish to register.
  6. Click the Enroll in this Class button at the bottom of the page.
  7. You will receive an enrollment confirmation email after you register.

Note: Registration will close three days before the scheduled workshop.