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    WASFAA's mission is to promote financial aid awareness and educational opportunities for students by providing professional development opportunities for its members. WASFAA's eight states and territories are comprised of Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and the Pacific Islands.

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  • President's Highlights - August - Mike Johnson

    Greetings WASFAA members!

    The summer seems to be flying by. It always does, and it always surprises me. Some of my favorite work-related things about summer are transportation-related: I get to make both my morning and evening light rail trips in daylight, and fewer people ride so I get a seat more often. Some of my least favorite work-related things happen in the summer, too: the auditors are here...


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  • WASFAA Comment on the
    Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Borrower Defense to Repayment

    The Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA) represents over 600 financial aid professionals in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and the Pacific Islands. We would like to take this opportunity to submit comments on the proposed regulations that will provide guidance to ensure that borrowers who are harmed by illegal school practices are able to obtain loan relief. Read More.

What's New WASFAA Training

Have you renewed your
WASFAA Membership for 2016-2017?

Today is 24 August 2016
8/1/16 Summer Newsletter now online
7/15/16 Website Redesign Completed

2016 WASFAA Sister Dale Brown Summer Institute
June 19-24, 2016 ~ Portland State University

-- Registration Closed --
-- Visit the Summer Institute Information Page --

WASFAA is pleased to pass along CASFAA's news announcing the ever popular "Tax Transcript Decoder©" courtesy of our esteemed colleague and lifetime member of CASFAA Cheryl Foster-Hunt.

The tax transcript decoder assists financial aid administrators with completing the verification process for 2016-2017. This publication includes sample 2015 tax returns - Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A and Form 1040 - and related tax transcripts. In addition to these cross-referenced documents, the publication also includes appendix items helpful in the process of verification. Please feel free to share this useful tool with other schools.

A little bit about the Decoder's creator: Cheryl has worked in the financial aid industry for 27 years. For the past 11 years she has provided regulatory and compliance training to higher education professionals across the country. She is a versatile training professional who excels at taking complex information and presenting it in an easy-to-understand, interesting and entertaining way. Cheryl has an uncommon blend of hands-on experience in the financial aid office, strong public speaking skills and the ability to develop and deliver high quality training.

If you have any questions for Cheryl, please feel free to email her at or send her a message through LinkedIn at

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