NASFAA Annual State and Regional Training – Satisfactory Academic Progress

This is an in-person training with no additional cost over and above EASFAA membership, and the presenter is our very own Steve McDowell!

  • Friday, January 27, 2017
  • 10am to 1pm
  • Norwalk Community College – East Campus, 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06854

The Satisfactory Academic Progress training will cover the following topics:

  • Foundational concepts
  • Consumer information requirements
  • Frequency of evaluations and school options
  • Quantitative and qualitative components
  • Consequences of a student not meeting standards
  • School options related to appeals, financial aid probation, and academic plans
  • Circumstances and conditions under which a student may appeal a determination and the elements which must be included in an appeal
  • Requirements of the financial aid probation status and academic plans
  • Requirements related to regaining eligibility after failing to maintain SAP
  • Additional elements which must be incorporated into a SAP policy



Steve McDowell has been in Connecticut’s financial aid community for more than 10 years.  As the Director of Financial Aid Services for the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system, he provides leadership in policy analysis and development, along with legislative and regulatory analysis, and program management to the system’s senior leadership and member institutions.  Within its 12 system community colleges, Steve’s department also shares a responsibility for the functional use and development of its ERP financial aid module, creating efficiencies and streamlined processes for college users.

Register now at https://easfaa.org/docs/forms/20170127_SapTraining.html.


Best Practices in Advocacy – The Challenges and Opportunities in Promoting Student Financial Assistance Programs

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

10am to 11:30am

This webinar will feature three panelists who have extensive experience in advocating for programs, policies, and funding with Congress.  With a new Congress recently taking office and Reauthorization on the horizon, we will hear what these experts have to say about challenges and potential opportunities working in this very new environment.  Registrants will come away from the presentations with information that will help them in engaging in their own advocacy with elected officials.

Panelists include:     

  • Brett Lief, Chief Strategic Alliance Officer, Windham Professionals
  • Stephen Payne, Assistant Director of Federal Relations, NASFAA
  • Michael Zola, Esq., Vice President for Government Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Register now at https://www.easfaa.org/docs/forms/20170201_Webinar.html.