• Why Join WASFAA?
    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.

    Training opportunities, Networking and Developing Friendships, Professional Development that Helps Members Grow Outside their Current Position... And More!

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  • President's Highlights - January - Mike Johnson

    Greetings WASFAA members!

    Welcome to 2017! For a variety of reasons, this could be a really interesting year (and "interesting" may understate what we'll experience - we'll see). It's possible that the HEA will be reauthorized; at the very least we should see substantive conversations about it, and likely some significant movement in that direction.


  • Visit the WASFAA Blog

    If this is your first visit, please take a moment to read “About the Blog.” If you would like to particpate by commenting on the postings, please take a moment to “Register.” You may also “Subscribe” to simply receive an email when a new post is submitted. As always, if you need assistance, please contact

  • WASFAA Letter on H.R. 5962 Support

    Dear Congresswoman Bonamici:

    The Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA) is an organization that represents post-secondary educational financial aid professionals from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and the Pacific Islands. Thank you for your leadership along with Congressman Ryan Costello to help struggling student loan borrowers. We support the Streamlining Income-Driven, Manageable Payments on Loans for Education Act, or the SIMPLE Act that was introduced by you and Congressman Ryan Costello. Read More.

  • NASFAA Scholarship Program for Financial Aid Administrators

    In honor of NASFAA's 50th anniversary, NASFAA's Past Presidents and National Chairs contributed to the Dallas Martin Endowment to establish a need-based scholarship program for financial aid administrators from each region who are pursuing higher education. One award of $2,750 will be made to a WASFAA-region financial aid administrator who is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university.

    Applications must be received by Friday, March 3, 2017 by 5:00 PM MST.
    Applicants will be notified of the selection committee's decision by Friday, March 31, 2017.

    -- Click Here to Complete the Application --

What's New WASFAA Training

2017 WASFAA Sister Dale Brown Summer Institute
June 5-9, 2017
University of Nevada, Reno

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Registration Coming Soon

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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