President’s Message 2012-13
On behalf of the 2012-13 CASFAA Board, welcome to the 2012 fall term!
CASFAA is a national professional association that represents financial aid administrators at Canada’s universities, colleges and technical institutes. As a professional association, CASFAA serves as a liaison between our members and the federal government, service providers, financial institutions and various other stakeholders in student financial aid; advocates on behalf of members by providing input on student financial assistance programs and policies and provides professional development opportunities for members, including our annual conference.
It is hard to believe that, a mere 3 months ago, we were being treated to a fabulous conference in Montreal at the University of Quebec (Montreal). Everyone who had the opportunity to attend the annual CASFAA Conference will agree that the program was excellent. A huge thanks goes to Shelley Clayton for all her work in putting together the program (although she was not able to attend) and to Bronwyn Rice and her team for all the planning and organizing to welcome all the delegates.
2013 CASFAA Conference… where will it be? Who will host? If you are interested, let us know. Contact me or one of the other Board members now.
On the heels of the 2012 CASFAA Conference, Past President, Shelley Clayton was asked to present at the Intergovernmental Consultative Committee on Student Financial Assistance (ICCSFAA) Meeting held in Fredericton, New Brunswick…What Student Aid Officers Think and Why Should Inter-governmental Canadian ICCSFAA Care. Her presentation focused on the need for consultation but not as an after-thought; understanding that as front line student aid officers, we have the knowledge of what works and solutions such as plain language to communicate legalities to students as well as consistent information. Thank you Shelley for representing CASFAA.
It is also hard to believe that it is already September and another academic year is underway. Some of us are experiencing our first electronic confirmation of enrolment and remittance of funds. We just need to find a better name for the Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement (MSFAA)…how many times have you heard a student tell you…”oh, I didn’t fill it out, because I’m not a Master’s student.”
In closing, I would encourage you to contact your regional representative if you have any issues or suggestions you wish to have discussed with our federal partners; we are here to work on your behalf to make the financial aid process as seamless as possible for students, providing them with information they need to make the right decisions.
Manager, Student Awards and Financial Aid
955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, On, P7B 5E1
Phone: 807-343-8206 x8150