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College Affordability Courses with uAspire
Hosted by GEAR UP & ESD 105

Day 1: FINANCIAL AID & COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY PLANNING. Develop your skills and knowledge of the college affordability timeline and financial aid, with a student-centered approach. Learn to take inventories of students'' financial situations and specific needs. You’ll be able to: - Explain the different types of financial aid and how to apply - Identify the characteristics of a financial safety school - Assess a student’s financial aid needs based on their college list and family circumstances. Day 2: FAFSA COMPLETION. Master this critical financial aid form by practicing complex scenarios, learning to complete the financial section with confidence, and gaining best practices for working with special student populations. You''ll be able to: - Determine whether a student is considered independent or dependent, and whom to report as the parent(s). - Complete the financial sections for different family financial situations. - Identify key resources to support accurate FAFSA completion. Day 3: STUDENT AID REPORT REVIEW + VERIFICATION. Navigate students through the many steps and common challenges of FAFSA follow-up, including Student Aid Report (SAR) review and the confusing, often burdensome, verification process. You''ll be able to: - Explain the difference between FAFSA submission and FAFSA completion. - Identify and troubleshoot the most common SAR notifications. - Name best practices for helping students complete the verification process. DAY 4: AWARD LETTER REVIEW. Help students make an informed college choice by effectively analyzing their financial aid award letters. Practice using the uAspire Award Letter Analyzer with real award letters and student case studies. You''ll be able to: - Use the uAspire Award Letter Analyzer to accurately compare college costs. - Identify the ways that award letters can be misleading. - Respond to sensitive or difficult student scenarios that may arise from award letter review. Day 5: SUMMER TRANSITION & COLLEGE SUCCESS. Reduce "summer melt" and dropping out by supporting students with critical financial aid activities during the summer and onto campus, so they can successfully matriculate, persist, and graduate. You''ll be able to: - Identify the steps students must take to matriculate and maintain and renew their financial aid. - Identify risk factors for violating Satisfactory Academic Progress. - Trouble shoot common financial issues that prevent students from persisting.

Important Session Information:
Audience for this training are District/Building personnel that work with College-Bound Seniors: Counselors, Career Advisers, Administrators and anyone interested in learning about uAspire and how it can help you guide Seniors through the application process.

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(16.5) Clock Hours
Contact Person:
Erin Balch
Aki Peterson
Date Time Location
8/22/2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Kittitas Room
9/18/2019 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lower Level-Maggie Perez Student Success Center
10/29/2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ahtanum Room
1/23/2020 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM Lower Level-Maggie Perez Student Success Center
3/24/2020 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Other
33 South Second Avenue, Yakima WA 98902