In June of 1979, the Canadian Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (CASFAA) was formally established as a division of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services. The Association was formed to represent Financial Aid Administrators and Awards Officers in colleges and universities across Canada. The text of the constitution of the association is available on this website.
The first conference after CASFAA was established as a division was held in June 1980 at the University of Victoria. It is interesting to note that several of the topics on that original agenda have resurfaced repeatedly on CASFAA programs since 1980. In particular "The Role of the Federal Government In the Financing of Post Secondary Students" and "A National Work Study Program-Is it Feasible" come to mind.
In the early years CASFAA invested a great deal of time and effort to establish a national profile with educational institutions, federal and provincial government departments and financial institutions. CASFAA provided expertise and a national perspective to the issues of student financial assistance.
CASFAA also promoted professional development for its members by offering excellent programs of presentations and workshops during the annual national conferences.
CASFAA's input has been sought increasingly by numerous agencies, councils and financial institutions. CASFAA also takes an active role in government policy reviews of financial assistance for students. In the last two decades CASFAA has matured and become a respected player in the educational arena.
In 2001, CASFAA became an independent organization. In June of that year, McGill University hosted the first annual national conference which was followed by a very successful conference at the University of Winnipeg in 2002.
CASFAA will continue to be valued for its contribution to financial aid policy development and student welfare.