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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 - October - Mike Johnson

    Greetings WASFAA members!

    October begins and ends with potentially scary times: the first ever October 1st FAFSA availability, and Hallowe’en. Of course, those two events can also be fun if you approach them with the proper attitude.


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  • 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.

  • 2016 WASFAA Management Leadership Institute
    November 2-4, 2016
    Eldorado Hotel
    Reno, Nevada

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2016 WASFAA Management Leadership Institute
November 2-4, 2016
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Reno, Nevada

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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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