Welcome to the Spring 2016 CAPFAA Newsletter

Welcome to the first CAPFAA Newsletter on our new website!

The Communications Committee welcomes your feedback on formatting, accessibility, and content. Please contact Co-Chair Kelly Matera (kmmatera@albertus.edu), Co-Chair Stacey Musulin (musulins@ct.edu) or any committee member with any input or questions you may have.

The 2015-2016 Communications Committee

President’s Message

Hello and Happy Spring,


Who would have thought that time would fly by so fast, it seems as though we just welcomed all our students to school.


For many of us, our offices are in full swing getting our packing policies done, awarding the new students looking at our schools and starting the exit sessions for our graduates. And some people wonder what we do all day.  Oh, I forgot to mention staying on top of all the new or ever changing issues happening in our industry and starting or try to stop thinking about what PPY will bring.


Well, just as we are busy in the office many of the committees continue to be busy in CAPFAA. Executive Council and our chairs are continuing the work of the association.  Including the Training and Annual Business Committees who are planning events for us, Mentoring committee is working on ways to connect people, our Communications committee has been at working tweaking the great new website, planning is starting on next year.  So, if you wanted to get involved on a committee be sure to let us know – there is always something to do now or next year.


It has been a very busy year, but I truly appreciate the opportunity to serve as President for this Association. I would also like to thank everyone for all the support you have and comminute to give to me this year.  I have definitely enjoyed my time and encourage each and every member of CAPFAA to get involved.  The time you contribute is truly rewarding.


Thank you again and happy awarding, certifying and helping the students.



Heather Hamilton, CAPFAA President

General Articles

  • by Dan Dreves, Director of School Partnerships, Financial Aid TV (FATV) Want to spiff up your financial aid website? There are some great ways to improve your content organization and make information clear and concise. Consider these ideas to boost ...

  • by Dan Dreves, Director of School Partnerships, Financial Aid TV (FATV) Weaving in money management concepts into various times of the life-cycle of a student can enhance students’ understanding of the concepts at critical junctures. Here are 7 sugge...

  • By Brenda McCafferty, Sr. Financial Literacy Trainer, ECMC A glass piggy bank, a tooth fairy pillow, allowance, or birthday cards—what is the first memory you have with money? We all have one. Mine was the glass piggy bank with no stopper. What went ...

  • By Stacey Musulin, Assistant Director, CT Community Colleges (and CAPFAA Communications Committee Member!) When you are on the new CAPFAA website, it is obvious that there have been some changes to the formatting, but have you realized how much more ...

Rules and Regulations

  • The 2015 FSA Training Conference website contains both print and video resources for most of last year’s conference sessions. Click here to download presentations and watch session recordings on a variety of topics including: 2016-17 FAFSA proc...

  • As you know, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-2018 school year will be available on October 1, 2016 and will require income and tax information for the “Prior-Prior Year” (PPY) of 2015. Federal Student Aid has termed ...

Introducing Our Members

  • Where do you work and what is your title? I work at the University of New Haven, Assistant Director of Financial Aid Why did you enter the field of Financial Aid? I have been in financial aid for about five years, I worked as a......

Member News

Great Things in 2016

Elisabeth Negron joined the University of Hartford’s Financial Aid Office in January 2016 as an Assistant Director. She recently attended FSA Training in Chicago, and looks forward to achieving her BS Degree in Counseling Foundations this May.

Congratulations Liz!


EASFAA’s New Vice President

Many congratulations to Odette Franceskino of Quinnipiac University’s School of Law on her election as Vice President of the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

Odette will take office after the annual EASFAA Conference this May.

Congratulations Odette!!!

Bulletin Board

  • The Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is holding their annual conference May 22nd-25th at Caesars Atlantic City, NJ. This year’s conference will have special events celebrating EASFAA’s 50th year! Click here to register now Check out the conference agenda and session descriptions here...

  • The 2016 Federal Student Aid Training Conference will be held from Tuesday, November 29th to Friday, December 2nd at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Look for more information at the official FSA Conferences site....

  • The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is holding their annual conference July 10th-13th at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. This year’s conference will have special events celebrating NASFAA’s 50th year! Click here to register now Review conference schedule here...

  • The Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has scheduled the following training workshops, free for EASFAA members. For full workshop descriptions and links to register, go to http://www.easfaa.org/docs/toc_trainingworkshops.html. Working with Unaccompanied Homeless Youth: Thursday, April 7th, 10AM – 11AM Registration deadline: April 4th Free......


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