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									                                                                              Volume 10 • Issue 2

                                                                               Spring 2008

                                    A Publication of the Georgia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Executive Board

     David Bledsoe
     Independent Consultant

    Pennie Strong
Central Georgia Technical College

     Past President
    Jenelle Handcox
  Abraham Baldwin Agricultural

Vice President Programs
   Jon-Paul Keenan
     Independent Consultant

     Vice President
    Douglas Tanner
    Valdosta State University

   Charlene Morgan
     Independent Consultant

    Kimberly Jordan
   University of West Georgia
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               GASFAA Newsletter Committee
                               Nancy Ferguson
                             University of Georgia

                   Angie Wilson, Okefenokee Technical College
               Caylee French, Georgia Student Finance Commission
                   Jennifer Maxwell, University of West Georgia
                       Lori Whitaker, University of Georgia
                    Patrice Walker, Augusta Technical College
                Stephan Schnaiter, Academic Finance Corporation

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                               President’s Message
  Dear GASFAA,
  Our new year is off and running; many of you are now preparing for summer and
  next fall as I write this message.
  We have upcoming events scheduled by the Professional Development
  Committee to assist in your preparation. Check our website for training
  opportunities. During the fall, Doug Tanner and his committee provided training
  opportunities for new aid officers and NASFAA training. Both events were very
  well attended. Thanks to all of you for your hard work and efforts.
  I want to give Jon-Paul Keenan and the Program Committee a big thank you for a
  splendid fall conference. While we unfortunately were required to raise the
  conference fee to remain solvent, I was very happy to see over 350 members were
  able to attend. I know that Jon-Paul and his committee are hard at work to bring us an even more enjoyable
  spring conference in May.
  Our GASFAA Executive Board committees have all been hard at work. Thanks to Nancy Ferguson and her
  committee you can't help but notice that the Newsletter has really been outstanding and full of articles that
  you can use in your personal life. The Community Action Committee, chaired by Jennifer-Codemo Thomas has
  charged through the fall as if this were their day job. Not only have they provided events for students, but they
  have also tackled high school counselors. I appreciated Michael Gantt and his committee's efforts to expand
  our understanding and sensitivity to diversity related issues in our profession. I want to thank Jill Rayner and
  Philip Hawkins for hosting GASFAA's first annual National Training for Counselors and Mentors this past
  December at Georgia Gwinnett College. To find out more about what our committees have been up to, just
  read on. I would also like to thank all the committee chairs and each committee member for your willingness
  to serve. Your efforts are what make our professional association strong.
  Jenelle Handcox, (Past President) and her Nomination Committee have produced a dual slate of candidates
  for office this spring. Check out the candidates and read about qualifications in this newsletter. I want to
  personally thank each and every candidate that has submitted their name before us. Your willingness to serve
  and stand before the membership exemplifies your outstanding qualifications.
  If you have ever thought about volunteering or said to yourself, "maybe next year I should do something", now
  is the time. Our President Elect, Pennie Strong will be asking you to volunteer. Volunteering gives you more
  back than you give. You will develop strong relations, make new friends and learn more than you can imagine.
  So, take a moment, put your name out there and make GASFAA an even stronger professional association.
  If you haven't made your reservation for our Spring Conference to be held May 20-23 at the Savannah Hyatt
  Riverfront Hotel, do so immediately. We are going to have an outstanding conclusion to our 40th anniversary
  and conference.
  And last, but not least, I want to thank you for the fantastic opportunity to serve our great Association. I look
  forward to seeing you in Savannah.
  David R. Bledsoe
  GASFAA President

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                                                        Table of Contents
    President’s Message. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    Executive Board Reports (2007-2008)
    President Elect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
    Vice President for Professional Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
    Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
    Vice President for Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
    Committee Chair Reports (2007-2008)
    Mentoring Committee Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
    Community Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
    Legislative Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
    Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
    Vendor/Sponsor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
    Finance and Budget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
    Spring Conference Silent Auction Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
    GASFAA Election Candidate Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
    College Goal Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
    It's My Life Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
    Expanded Role of Financial Aid Administrators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
    Wow, Was I Wrong about My Observation! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
    GASFAA Fall Conference Photos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
    www.wherecanibuytextbooks.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
    Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
    Selective Service: A Barrier to Some Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
    Does Your Campus Need a Financial Literacy Program?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
    GASFAA Takes on SASFAA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
    Going to a Financial Aid Conference? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
    The Presidential Race in 2008 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
    See Savannah: A Spring Conference Primer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
    Tips for Gearing Up for a Busy Summer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
    In Each Issue
    Out and About in Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
    Member Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
    Financial Planning for the Financial Aid Administrator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
    Spotlight on Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
    Movie Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
    Comedy Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
    Just For Fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
    Health & Wellness - Optimal Nutrition for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
    Spice of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
    Heard It Through The Grapevine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

The GASFAA Grapevine                                                                       Volume 10, Issue 2

                              President-ElectStrong   Report
                                 Submitted by: Pennie

   GASFAA’s 2007-2008 Site Selection Committee reviewed a variety of hotels in determining the
   recommendations for the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 conferences. Factors considered included: room
   rates, parking fees, location, facility itself, meeting space, meeting room rates, food costs, AV
   equipment costs, and availability of dates. I want to thank Sherryl Fern of the University of Georgia
   and Paul Mittelhammer of NSLP for working with me and giving their input and time.
   Additionally, the Site Selection Committee and Executive Board considered the option of a two year
   contract in an effort to save monies. One hotel offered the same rates for two years. The GASFAA
   Board has approved the following sites:
      Fall Conference 2009 - Marriott Atlanta Gwinnett Place October, 22-23, 2009
      Spring Conference 2010 - The King & Prince at St Simons Island, May12-14, 2010
      Fall Conference 2010 - Marriott Atlanta Gwinnett Place, October 21-22, 2010
   On February 17, 2008, I am attending the SASFAA President Elect Workshop while at the conference.
   I am excited to attend the NASFAA Leadership Conference at the NASFAA headquarters in
   Washington D.C. on March 9-11, 2008.

The GASFAA Grapevine                                                                                         Volume 10, Issue 2

                        Executive Board Report
                 Professional Development Committee
                 Submitted by Doug Tanner, VP for Professional Development, 2007-2008

The Professional Development Committee has had a great Fall and is planning
to carry that momentum into the Winter and Spring. The New Aid Officers
Workshop was very well received. We had 53 new Financial Aid Officers
participate and every one seemed to enjoy the experience. On November 28,
2007 the PDC Committee presented the NASFAA Fall training “Counseling
Students and Families: Tackling Financial Issues”. We had 70 participants
attend the workshop. Everyone I talked to thought it was a valuable

The Committee met on November 15, 2007, at American Professional Institute
in Macon, to prepare for the NASFAA Training and also plan for upcoming
events. We plan to hold two Winter PDC Workshops. The first will be for
Support Staff, scheduled for March 11, 2008, and the second will cover
Administrative Capabilities on April 16, 2008. Our target audience for the
Administrative Capabilities Workshop will be Mid-Level Professionals and Financial Aid Directors as well as other
Campus Administrators who play a role in Title IV Programs.
On May 21, 2008 we will host a Hot Topics discussion for those attending the Spring Conference. This year’s Hot
Topic Session at the Spring Conference will be a discussion and Q & A session covering the New Federal Grant
Programs. Marianna Deeken from the Department of Education will be our guest speaker for the session. Stay
tuned for more information on this and other training events coming soon to the GASFAA website @

                            Professional Development Committee Members:
               Doug Tanner, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Valdosta State University
               Ann Simmons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ogeechee Technical College
               Diane “Judy” Crowder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Professional Institute
               Faith May . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Savannah State University
               J.T. Morris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Campus Door
               Jill Vickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Georgia Student Finance Commission
               Kathleen Caldwell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Georgia Student Finance Commission
               La-Tonya Harell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Georgia State University
               Lynne King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Georgia Student Finance Commission
               Nicole Verrett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bank of America
               Sandra Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Georgia Southwestern University
               Sarah H. Twiggs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Northwestern Technical College
               Sherrille Reynolds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gwinnett Technical College
               Sherry Kent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gwinnett Technical College
               Sylvia M. Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Citibank – The Student Loan Corporation

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                                       2007-2008 GASFAA Budget
                                    Respectfully submitted by Kimberly Jordan, Treasurer

    Income                                                                                    Actual           Budget          Variance
    Advertising - Newsletter                                                              $15,000.00         13,200.00        $1,800.00
    Advertising - Web                                                                      $5,000.00          5,500.00         -$500.00
    Checking Account (Interest)                                                               $50.00              16.4           $33.60
    Checking Account (Misc)                                                                   $50.00                 0           $50.00
    Conference Registrations, Fall                                                        $30,000.00         34,795.00       -$4,795.00
    Conference Registrations, Spring                                                      $40,000.00          1,450.00       $38,550.00
    Conference Vendors, Fall                                                              $17,000.00         16,500.00          $500.00
    Conference Vendors, Spring                                                            $26,000.00         23,200.00        $2,800.00
    Late Registrations, Fall                                                               $1,000.00               945           $55.00
    Late Registrations, Spring                                                               $500.00                 0          $500.00
    Membership Dues                                                                       $11,000.00         11,220.00         -$220.00
    Sponsorship                                                                           $41,000.00         19,052.00       $21,948.00
    TOTAL INCOME                                                                         $186,600.00       $125,878.40       $60,721.60

    Expenses                                                                                  Actual            Budget         Variance
    Committee, Community Action                                                              $700.00             346.84         $353.16
    Committee, Diversity                                                                   $1,000.00             225.58         $774.42
    Committee, Electronic Services                                                         $6,000.00           2,750.00       $3,250.00
    Committee, Leadership Development                                                       $300.00                   0         $300.00
    Committee, Legislative Affairs                                                           $500.00                  0         $500.00
    Committee, Membership                                                                    $950.00                 25         $925.00
    Committee, Mentoring                                                                     $300.00             148.68         $151.32
    Committee, Newsletter                                                                 $11,000.00           5,422.92       $5,577.08
    Conference,                                                                           $45,000.00          42,014.99       $2,985.01
    Conference,                                                                           $75,000.00              204.8      $74,795.20
    Executive Board                                                                        $5,000.00           4,496.24         $503.76
    Historian                                                                              $1,000.00                  0       $1,000.00
    Misc Checking Expense                                                                    $350.00             301.27          $48.73
    NASFAA Leadership Conference                                                           $2,000.00                  0       $2,000.00
    NASFAA Training Materials                                                             $10,000.00           3,590.00       $6,410.00
    Officer, Past President                                                                  $500.00             145.08         $354.92
    Officer, President                                                                     $3,500.00           3,651.15        -$151.15
    Officer, President-Elect                                                               $1,500.00                  0       $1,500.00
    Officer, Secretary                                                                       $500.00             276.85         $223.15
    Officer, Treasurer                                                                     $1,500.00           1,457.80          $42.20
    Officer, VP Professional Development                                                  $15,000.00           8,154.32       $6,845.68
    Officer, VP Programs                                                                   $5,000.00           2,466.28       $2,533.72
    TOTAL EXPENSES                                                                       $186,600.00         $75,677.80     $110,922.20

    Account Balances                                                             Account Balances         Maturity Date
    BOA Checking Account Balance                                                       $70,758.53
    BOA Savings Account Balance                                                        $45,640.70
    CIT Bank CD 5.05%                                                                  $50,000.00           10/27/2008
    First National Bank of Omaha CD 5.05%                                              $50,000.00           10/20/2008
    Edward Jones Memorial Scholarship - Money Market                                    $9,890.28
    Edward Jones Memorial Scholarship - 9 month CD 5.15%                               $30,000.00             8/14/2008
    Edward Jones Memorial Scholarship - 15 month CD 5.3%                               $25,000.00             5/14/2008
    Edward Jones - Money Market 4.52%                                                  $13,349.52
    New South Federal - 9 month CD 4.5%                                                $20,000.00           10/10/2008
    Synovus Bank - 12 month CD 5.10%                                                   $20,000.00            1/31/2008
    GASFAA's Net Worth                                                                $334,639.03

     Notes:      All budget information is current as of 2/11/2008 - Asset information as of 12/31/2007
     A negative number in the variance column denotes being under budget for that line item.
     2007-2008 budget approved by Executive Board June 2007

The GASFAA Grapevine                                                                          Volume 10, Issue 2

           Executive Board Report Program Committee
                        Submitted By: Jon-Paul Keenan, Vice-President of Programs

Hello GASFAA!!! The Spring Conference will be coming up soon, have you registered???? Have you made your
hotel reservations???? Remember the cutoff date to make hotel reservations is Friday, April 25th and to register
for the Spring Conference no later than Wednesday, May 7th to avoid a late fee.

For the Spring Conference, a continuation of the 40th Anniversary of GASFAA will be incorporated. Our
Theme for the conference is “GASFAA at 40: Recycle-Renew-Reinvent, GASFAA Goes Green.” Our President’s
Reception will be Wednesday, May 21, and the GASFAA Spring Banquet will be on Thursday, May 22. Don’t forget
to still bring your financial aid items for the GASFAA Time Capsule to the banquet, and there will be a memory
book for everyone to sign or even place a picture from GASFAA’s past.

The conference promises to be full of great concurrent sessions, great networking with your colleagues, and fun
activities for everyone. The Program Committee looks forward to seeing you in Savannah!!!

                                   SPRING CONFERENCE 2008
                                              May 21 – 23, 2008
                                     GASFAA at 40: Recycle-Renew-Reinvent
                                            GASFAA Goes Green
                                               Hyatt Savannah

                                       Spring Conference Activities:
Tuesday, May 20th                                           Thursday, May 22nd
   •   Executive Board Meeting                                 •   Federal Update begins at 8am
   •   Program Committee Meeting                               •   Registration begins at 8am
Wednesday, May, 21st                                           •   Vendor area opens at 8am
   •   Hot Topics Session begins at 9am                        •   GASFAA Voting begins at 9:30am
   •   Registration at 10am                                    •   Sector Meetings 12pm-1pm, followed by the
   •   Vendor Area opens at 10am                                   HOPE Updates
   •   Welcome Reception begins at 11am                        •   Banquet begins at 7pm
   •   Opening Session begins at 12:15pm                    Friday, May 23rd
   •   President’s Reception at 6pm                            •   Breakfast Buffet at 8am
   •   Dinner On Your Own                                      •   Closing Session begins at 9:30am
             For additional information be sure to log on to the GASFAA website at www.gasfaa.org

                             Your 2007 - 2008 GASFAA Program Committee
Gina Repak, co-chair, Georgia Institute of Technology         Jennifer Heter, Consultant
Cindy Abbott, Georgia Student Finance Commission              Debbie Howard, Waycross College
Adrienne Brown, Savannah Technical College                    Louis Scott, Georgia State University
Cheryle Brown, Okeefenokee Technical Institute                Pat Simmons, Macon State College
Gail Campbell, West Georgia Technical College                 Marcia Slade, Shorter College
Dianne Cox, Dalton State College                              Monica Stam, NSLP
Robin Forte-Burrell, EdAmerica                                Jay Sweeney, American Student Assistance

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The GASFAA Grapevine                                                           Volume 10, Issue 2

                     Going Once, Going Twice, SOLD …
       Get ready for another exciting Silent Auction at the upcoming Spring
         Conference to benefit GASFAA’s Memorial Scholarship Fund. The
         Community Action Committee is asking for your help to make this
       year’s auction a huge success. And, this year, we have extra incentive
       for you … your school could win a FREE conference registration! We
         will be awarding one free registration to the school that brings the
         most items, and one free registration to the school that brings the
          item which raises the most money. So get ready for some fierce
                            competition and lots of fun!
                      If you are interested in donating items,
                    please contact Noel Brock at 706-210-3928
                         or by email at noel.brock@citi.com.

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The GASFAA Grapevine                                                                     Volume 10, Issue 2

            GASFAA Mentoring Committee Update
                             Respectfully submitted by Philip Hawkins

       The Mentoring Committee is c-o-n-n-e-c-t-i-n-g! Following the fall conference, we have
       ten new professionals matched with a mentor. We have other mentors waiting for
       mentee assignments. So, if you are relatively new to the Financial Aid profession or just
       generally wish that you could “pick someone else’s brain” about financial aid, please let
       us know! We are ready and willing to match you with a mentor!

       Once again, we will be hosting a Mentoring luncheon at the spring conference for any
       new professional who wishes to learn more about the role of the Mentoring Committee.
       Watch the spring conference agenda for more details!

       Please send requests for mentors to any member of the committee listed below or to

                        2007-2008 GASFAA Mentoring Committee:

                   Philip Hawkins, Chair            Georgia Student Finance Commission

                   Debbie Bowles                    Flint River Technical College

                   Stan DeWitt                      Georgia Student Finance Commission

                   Shannon Kelsey                   Clayton State University

                   Shelly McDonald                  Georgia State University

                   Meg McGinness                    Oglethorpe University

                   Amy Moser

                   Connie Murphey                   Georgia Southern University

                   Kimbra Smith                     University of Georgia

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        GASFAA Community Action Committee Report
                           Submitted by: Jennifer Codemo-Thomas, CAC Chair

                                        The 2007-08 Community Action Committee has gotten off to a great
                                        start! We held our second meeting, via conference call, on
                                        Wednesday, January 30th. The following is an update on where we
                                        are at with each activity that the committee has chosen to focus on
                                        this year.

                                        College Goal Sunday – As planned, the committee set up a booth at
                                        the fall conference complete with games and prizes. Through those
                                        efforts, we signed up 38 new volunteers for the 15 sites across the
  state. During the last week in January, committee members will be making outreach calls to high schools
  across the state located near CGS sites to remind counselors and encourage them to promote with their

  It’s My Life Conference – The committee represented GASFAA, in conjunction with NASFAA, at the It’s My
  Life conference in Atlanta, September 30th – October 2nd. Committee members spoke with many of the
  800+ participants, promoting College Goal Sunday and sharing general financial aid information supplied
  by NASFAA.

  Georgia School Counselors Association Conference - The committee exhibited at this conference
  November 19th – 20th, speaking with guidance counselors from across the state. We were able to provide
  information about College Goal Sunday, as well as the National Training for Counselors and Mentors that
  was held Dec. 11th and coordinated by Jill Rayner.

  Fall Conference Book Drive – At the fall conference, the committee chose to conduct a book drive to
  benefit Sheltering Arms Early Education & Family Centers as its special event/opportunity. A total of 272
  books were collected and delivered to Sheltering Arms.

  Silent Auction – At our Jan. 30th meeting, the committee began making plans for the silent auction to be
  held at the spring conference. To encourage more participation, the committee will be implementing a
  contest that will award both the school that brings the most items and the school that brings the item
  that raises the most amount of money. The prizes will be a free GASFAA conference registration for the
  following year. Get ready for some “friendly” competition! Keep your eyes out for further details on the
  GASFAA listserv. The silent auction benefits GASFAA’s Memorial Scholarship Fund, so I hope that you
  will help support the committee’s efforts and get some great “stuff” in the process!

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Statement of Candidacy
It is an honor to be nominated for the position of President Elect. I
would like to thank the Nominating Committee and GASFAA for this
recommendation. GASFAA is a great organization tied to so many of our
other state, regional, and of course, national organizations that not only
give back to our communities, but also help promote the professional
development of our members.

Through experiences gained as a member of GASFAA and serving on various committees, I understand the needs
of our organization and the direction we as a group need to move in with the constant changes that affect our
industry. Keeping the membership informed, understanding other state/regional organizations challenges, and
working with the other state Presidents is the goal to keeping GASFAA a strong organization.

Another aspect that is important to the strength of GASFAA is the people. Volunteering is a vital part of how
GASFAA continues to grow and thrive. As President, I want to make sure our volunteer base not only increases,
but all volunteers have a place to lend a helping hand. Another part of that is growing leaders within our
organization. It becomes increasingly important to have our volunteers ready to take on any task or challenge that
might come their way. It is vital that we grow these aspects of GASFAA for the future.

Being a part of GASFAA in any capacity, for me has been a great reward with not only building friendships with
colleagues, but learning and growing professionally. I would like to thank the Nominating Committee and
GASFAA again for this tremendous honor to be on the ballot. I will endeavor to continue the traditions of our
organization, and help build upon the many years of hard work that have been given to our great profession.
Experience                                                    Education
05/2007-Present    Independent Consultant                     University of Phoenix
12/2005–05/2007    Student Capital Corporation                Masters of Business Administration - Graduated 2006
10/2004-12/2005    NextStudent                                Bachelor of Science - Graduated 2003
12/2001-08/2004    AmSouth Bank Student Lending               Major: Marketing
06/1993-11/2001    Georgia Student Finance Commission

Professional Affiliations
GASFAA                                                        SASFAA
1998-Present Member                                           1998-Present Member
1999-2000 Mentoring/Community Action                          2005-2006 Newsletter Committee
2001-2002 Mentoring/Community Action                          2006-2007 Newsletter Committee
2000-2001 Program Committee, Served as Co-Chair               2008-2009 Conference Planning Committee –
2002-2003 Program Committee                                   Georgia Representative
2003-2004 Program Committee
2004-2005 Program Committee                                   NASFAA
2007-2008 Program Committee, Served as Vice-President
                                                              2004-Present Member
2005-2006 Newsletter Editor
2006-2007 Newsletter Editor

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Statement of Candidacy
It is an honor to be placed on the ballot for the office of GASFAA
President-Elect. If elected, I will provide effective leadership and direction
for our association and help discover new and innovative ways to deliver
training and support to the GASFAA members. I have held numerous
leadership positions within and outside of the financial aid community.
I believe my diverse leadership experience will be an asset to the
organization. In addition, I have the full support of the North Georgia
College & State University administration and have the necessary time and energy to devote to this endeavor. If
elected, I promise to uphold the integrity of the association and lay a solid foundation on which to move forward.

Experience                                                   Education
Director of Financial Aid, 2006 – present                    A.B.A., Reinhardt College, 1985
Associate Director, 1998- 2006                               B.A., Kennesaw State University, 1990
North Georgia College & State University                     M.B.A., Brenau University, 2003

Associate Director of Financial Aid
Art Institute of Atlanta, 1995-1998

GASFAA                                                       Other
Special Projects for the President – 2007-2008               NASFAA Trainer and Presenter
Strategic Planning Committee member – 2006-2007              College Goal Sunday Executive Board member and
Chair, Community Action Committee 2005-2006                      Site coordinator 2007-2008
Vice President of Program, 2004-2005                         Georgia Representative for the Southern Region
Program Committee member, 2003-2004                              Education Committee for Veterans 1999- 2004
Vice President of Professional Development, 2002-2003        Member of the Georgia Articulation Committee
Professional Development Committee member, 2000-2002         RACSFA Chair-Elect
    Co-Chair 2001-2002 Secretary 2000-2001                   NGCSU Academic Advisor
Mentoring and Community Action Committee member
Member since 1998

New Aid Officers Trainer 2007-2008
Member of the Budget and Finance Committee 2007-2008
Foundation Committee member 2005-2006
Presenter for the Past 5 years

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Statement of Candidacy
I am honored and humbled to be nominated for the position of Vice
President for Professional Development for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.
I began my career as a teacher. Through all the twists and turns in my
career, I always come back to feeling most comfortable with those moments that involve teaching. That is why I am
so interested in the Vice President for Professional Development position in GASFAA for next year. In many ways,
GASFAA’s Professional Development Committee is full of teachers – our colleagues who are committed to helping
us all stay current with the ever changing financial aid regulations at the federal, state, and institutional levels.
I look forward to the possibility of working with you, my colleagues, to coordinate quality training opportunities
that will help us all remain confident with our financial aid knowledge so that we may best assist our students.

Professional Experience                                       Professional Development in Financial Aid
January 2008 – present                                        Georgia Association of Student Financial Aid
Georgia Student Finance Commission, Tucker, Georgia           Administrators (GASFAA) - 2002 to present
    Vice President, GAcollege41                                  Mentoring Committee Chair – 2007-2008
                                                                 Professional Development Committee
May 2006 - Present
                                                                   Co-Chair - 2006-2007
Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, Georgia
                                                                 Strategic Planning Committee - 2005-2006
   Associate Vice President for Enrollment
                                                                 Panel Participant, New Aid Officers Workshop -
                                                                   Spring Conference, Savannah, Georgia 2004
August 1992 - April 2006                                         Panel Participant, Spring Conference, Savannah,
Shorter College, Rome and Atlanta, Georgia                         Georgia 2006
   Assistant Vice President for Student Financial
                                                              Southern Association of Student Financial Aid
     Services, Director of Financial Aid (2002 - 2006)
                                                              Administrators (SASFAA) - 2002 to present
   Director of Student Services (2000 - 2002)
                                                                 Presenter - “FISAP: Don’t Fall to Pieces” -
   Director of Educational Support/Director of
                                                                   Nashville, Tennessee, February 2007
     Counseling & Career Services (1994 - 2000)
   Director of Housing (1992 - 1994)                          National Association of Student Financial Aid
August 1990 - June 1992                                       Administrators (NASFAA) – 2002 to 2008
   Adairsville High School, Adairsville, Georgia                 Presenter at the Georgia/South Carolina TRIO
   Mathematics Teacher                                           conference, Augusta, Georgia, April 2007.
                                                                   Topic: Minimizing Loan Burden, Maximizing
Educational Background
   Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education - 2003
      Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia              Georgia Student Finance Commission
   Master of Education, Guidance and Counseling - 1993        (GSFC) - 2006, 2007
      University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia            Financial Aid Advisory Council
   Bachelor of Science, Mathematics Education - 1990          Consortium for the Advancement of Adult Higher
      Shorter College, Rome, Georgia                          Education (CAAHE) - 2001 to 2006
                                                                 Vice-Chair Financial Aid Commission, 2005-2006

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Statement of Candidacy
As a member of the Financial Aid community, I understand the
importance of volunteering for organizations that make a difference
like the Georgia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
(GASFAA). I accept the nomination with both humility and exhilaration
as it brings me joy to know that it was my peers, rather my teammates, in the “Business of Educating Georgians”.

I would like to thank GASFAA for establishing a support network for the administrators who serve the thousands
of eager minds of this state. The service you provide not only benefits students, parents and administrators, it
benefits our community as well.

From the first phone call I received as a Financial Aid Advisor at Albany State University, I truly fell in love with
the financial aid profession. It was knowing that I helped someone and the warm and fuzzy feeling I still receive
when someone says “Thank you Mr. Harris” that has motivated me to learn more about our business and make it
my profession.

The support that I have received from my peers and GASFAA during my journey to become the financial aid
professional has prepared me to take the next step to serve as your Vice President for Professional Development.

Professional Experience                                         Professional Development in Financial Aid
   Albany State University              Albany, Georgia         GASFAA Member Since 1996
   Director, Office of Financial Aid     2005 - Present         GASFAA Program Committee                   2004-2005
   Assistant Director/
       Operations Manager                    2001 - 2005        GASFAA Professional Development
   Financial Aid Advisor II                  1999 - 2001        Committee                                  2003-2004
   Financial Aid Advisor I                   1996 - 1999                                                   2002-2003
Educational Background                                          Chairman of the Georgia Student Finance Commission
       Masters Degree of Public Administration                  Default Management Taskforce             2007-2008
       Concentration in Fiscal Administration                   Presenter at the Georgia Student Finance Commission
       Albany State University, Albany, Georgia
                                                                New Financial Aid Officer Academy       October 2007
         May 2004
                                                                Staff Coordinator of the Albany State University
                                                                Peer Financial Counseling Program           2003-2005

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Statement of Candidacy
I would like to thank the Nominating Committee for the opportunity to
run for the office of GASFAA’s Vice President of Programs. Serving this
year as co-chair on the Program Committee, I understand the
commitment, responsibility, and organization that it will take to
orchestrate two conferences that will benefit and meet the needs of our growing GASFAA community.

As Vice President of Programs, I will be committed to offer conferences that are rewarding, valuable, and
resourceful. The Program Committee and I will work together to develop agendas which will focus on the cores of
financial aid. Additionally, both the fall and spring conferences will offer you an opportunity to network with
colleagues, share ideas, and offer new solutions that can be incorporated into your financial aid offices.

It is a privilege and rewarding experience to serve GASFAA and I look forward to the possibility of serving you, the
members, as Vice President for Programs.

2007-Present   Associate Director, Georgia Institute of Technology
2004-Present   Assistant Director, Georgia Institute of Technology
2002-2004      Student Financial Aid Officer II, Georgia Institute of Technology
2000-2002      Financial Aid Counselor, Agnes Scott College

B.S., University of West Georgia

Professional Involvement:
2007-2008      Program Committee Member, Co-Chair                       SASFAA
2006-2007      Membership Chair                                         2006-2007    Membership Committee
2005-2006      Membership Chair                                         2005-2006    Membership Committee
2004-2005      Project Development/Mentoring Committee                  2005         Local Arrangements
2003-2004      Professional Development Committee Member                             Committee
2002-2003      Program Committee Member                                 2001-Present Member
2001-2002      Program Committee Member
2000-Present   Member

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Statement of Candidacy
I would like to thank the Nominations Committee for the honor and
privilege of being nominated for Vice President for Programs of GASFAA.
In past years I have served GASFAA on the Program Committee, the
Professional Development Committee, and Newsletter Committee, as
well as holding the position of Secretary, and served as a presenter at the New Aid Officers Workshop and the
NASFAA workshop.

All of us in Financial Aid are making differences in students’ lives every day. The daily stress and pressures of our
jobs make it easy to lose sight of our importance to our students. Membership in GASFAA is a great way to help
us maintain our focus and priorities.

GASFAA conferences present us with opportunities to network with our peers, learn something new and just have
a little fun. If elected Vice President for Programs, I pledge to bring to the position hard work, creativity,
professionalism, diligence, and efficiency in planning conferences that are informative as well as fun. I will strive
to serve our organization in a positive manner while helping to further and achieve our goals and objectives.
Thank you for your consideration and your vote.

Experience:                                                        Professional Involvement:
Okefenokee Technical College;                                      GASFAA Secretary, 2006 - 2007
   Director of Financial Aid, 2000 - present                       GASFAA Professional Development Committee,
   Online Instructor in Accounting, 2000 - 2007                    2005 – 2006
   Adjunct Instructor in Accounting, 2000 – 2007                   GASFAA Program Committee, 2003 – 2004
   Adjunct Instructor in Marketing, 2007 - present                 Presenter, New Aid Officers Workshop, 2005
                                                                   Presenter, NASFAA Training, 2006
Education:                                                         GATFAA Southeastern Consortium
M.B.A., Valdosta State University, 1997                            Representative 2004 – 2006
B.B.A., Accounting, Valdosta State University, 1997                GASFAA member since 2000
B.B.A., Marketing, University of Georgia, 1990                     SASFAA member since 2004
B.S.F.C.S., Hospitality Management,
    University of Georgia, 1990
A.S., Business Administration,
    Abraham Baldwin Ag. College, 1987

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Statement of Candidacy
Thank you GASFAA members and the Nominations and Elections
Committee for affording me the opportunity to run as a candidate for
GASFAA’s 2008-2010 Treasurer. Why does one choose to be a financial
aid professional? The job may not be the most prestigious or highly
compensated, but we make positive differences in students’ lives! Having
been in the financial aid industry since 1997, I cannot imagine another career for me. My service to GASFAA on
the Program Committee for several years and on the Executive Board in various roles, including Treasurer, has
been truly wonderful. Within this organization, I have found a group of professionals with a noble purpose.

As a past Treasurer of GASFAA, I have worked closely with many Executive Board members to ensure that
GASFAA accounts are managed appropriately. I have worked through the budget process with the Board and
understand the importance of accurate financial records. As the current Vendor/Sponsor Coordinator, I have
reviewed the income/expense report with the current Board and Treasurer, and it’s evident that sponsorship
monies from our lender partners have decreased due to new federal legislation. These changes are affecting our
GASFAA budget and yearly operations. This is a critical time for the Association. My experience will be beneficial
as we have to make changes and monitor each budget line item more carefully. As your next Treasurer, I will work
hard to accurately maintain GASFAA’s accounts while, at the same time, assist the Board in generating new
sources of revenue and reducing unnecessary expenses where appropriate. As a voting officer of the Board, I will
be a voice for all members.

I thank you for your support and look forward to the opportunity to serve you as Treasurer.

Current Employeer:                                               Professional Involvement:
Director of Financial Aid, North Metro Technical College         GASFAA:
Work Experience: over 10 years in student financial aid           • Treasurer
  • State Technical Colleges:                                     • Membership Chair
    North Metro Technical College and Gwinnett                    • Program Committee member
    Technical College                                             • Vendor/Sponsor Coordinator
  • Proprietary/Private Institutions:                            SASFAA:
    Medix School and American InterContinental University         • Governance and Planning Committee
  • State Public College:                                         • Membership Committee
    Dalton State College
                                                                 Other Activities:
Education:                                                       Georgia 4-H Program volunteer
BBA Management, Kennesaw State University                        Master GA 4-H Club member

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Statement of Candidacy
I am truly honored and humbled to accept the nomination for GASFAA
Treasurer. It means a great deal that my colleagues have enough faith in
my abilities to submit my name as a candidate for this position. GASFAA
has helped me to grow and develop professionally and personally by
connecting me with a team of loyal, committed, and dedicated financial
aid professionals. It is through this association that I acquired the in depth knowledge I needed to fulfill my
duties and responsibilities as a director. I am, therefore, forever grateful to the members of GASFAA for the
valuable training experience that led to my success on this career path. Hence, I want to continue to give back to
GASFAA what GASFAA has given to me.

Over the past years, I have had the good fortune of being afforded the opportunity to serve GASFAA in several
capacities and feel this is the next step for me. I am ready to step up to the plate and accept that challenge. I
believe the Treasurer must be detail oriented, organized, disciplined, and motivated in order to fulfill the office
and I believe my prior experiences in this profession have shown that I am such an individual. I will do my best to
serve GASFAA in the honorable fashion that is worthy of being voted into office. Thank you for your support and I
welcome the opportunity to serve GASFAA as Treasurer.

Experience:                           Professional Involvement:
Director of Financial Aid,            Georgia Association of Technical Financial Aid Administrators
Ogeechee Technical College,           1995- Present
1995 – Present                           Chairperson 2001 – 2003
                                         Treasurer 1999 – 2000
Contracting Officer,
Georgia Southern University,        Georgia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
1986 – 1994                         1995- Present
                                       Community Action Committee 2007-2008
Education:                             Vice President of Programs 2006-2007
M.B.A., Georgia Southern University    Professional Development Committee,Vice Chair 2005-2006
B.B.A., Georgia State University       Program Committee 2004-2005
                                       Professional Development Committee 2003-2004
                                      Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
                                      1995- Present
                                         Leadership Symposium Participant March 2007
                                      National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
                                      1999- Present
                                         NASFAA/Council for Opportunity in Education Faculty 2007-2008
                                         Training of Trainers Participant September 2005

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Statement of Candidacy
I am honored to be considered for the position of GASFAA secretary for
the 2008-2009 year. My involvement with GASFAA began in 2004. After
attending my first conference, I volunteered for the Program Committee.
I have been active in our organization ever since.

In the complicated world of federal regulations, tax codes and ethnical conduct, GASFAA is a much needed
association. In the time I have been involved with financial aid, I have come to rely on the insight, knowledge,
and wisdom that I gain from you, my colleagues.

If elected secretary, I would provide the membership with minutes from all meetings in an organized and timely
manner. I would promote GASFAA with in the Financial Aid and educational communities. I would be proud to
serve GASFAA as secretary for the 2008-2009 year.

University of West Georgia
     2006-Present             Quality Assurance Specialist
     2004-2006                Student Financial Aid Counselor
     2001-2004                Records Coordinator
     2000-2001                Casual Labor
 Served on:
     Committee for Professional Development
     Student Services Social Committee

     Attending University of West Georgia

Professional Activities
GASFAA member since 2004
    2004-2005 Served on Program Committee
    2005-2006 Served on Technology Committee
    2006-2007 Served on Program Committee
    2007-2008 Served on Community Action Committee

     NASFAA member 2008

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Statement of Candidacy
I’m grateful to be nominated for the position of Secretary of GASFAA.
Serving in the Financial Aid community is indeed a challenge, but very
rewarding. It gives me pleasure to affect so many lives in a positive way. I’ve
been in the industry going on 23 years.

GASFAA has given me the opportunity to meet and establish great
relationships with people whose paths I would not have otherwise crossed. This great organization has allowed us to
impact our communities locally and statewide. The financial aid industry is one that stays with you for practically a lifetime.

If elected Secretary of GASFAA I will serve and honor our organization. I will perform my duties diligently. As Secretary I will
do what is expected of me and the “and then some.” The records that I keep will be clear, concise, and readily available.

    Valdosta State University                           University & Community Activities
    Assistant Director 1991- present                        Participated in the Minority Peer Advising Program at VSU
    Job Location and Development Coordinator                Volunteer for Program Right Track (PREP)
    1985 – 1991                                             Presented at Financial Aid night at local high school
                                                            Set up booths on campus for Financial Aid awareness week
Education                                                   Served on Banner committee
                                                            Completed the Planning for Student Services course, 02/2000
    MPA Public Administration 06-07 – present,
                                                            Completed the Partners for Campus Excellence training
    Valdosta State University
                                                              course 04/2001
    B.S. Business Administration, Florida A&M
                                                            Awards and Recognition Committee 03 – present
    University, 1982
                                                            United Way of Valdosta Board 01/07-
                                                            Relay for Life 1996 –
Professional Activities                                       Volunteered for Big Brothers/Big Sisters
    Member of Georgia Association of Student                  Coats for Kids
      Financial Aid Administrators (GASFAA)                 Volunteered for Habitat for Humanity
      since 1985                                              (VSU annual build a home week) 02/2005
    Served on the Program Committee for
      GASFAA 95-96 & 96-97
    Served as Secretary for GASFAA in 97-98
                                                            Diversity Trainer - Trained by the National Multicultural
    Served on the Mentoring Program for
                                                              Institute of Washington, DC
      GASFAA 98-99
                                                            Spring 2004
    Served on the Awards Committee 99-00
                                                              Trained – Orientation Leaders Fall 2004
    Served on the Professional Development
                                                              Trained – Staff members within the Division of Student
      Committee 00-01
                                                              Affairs May 2005
    Served on the Diversity Committee 04-05
                                                            Microsoft Word, Power Point
                                                            SCT Banner
      Diversity Chair 05-06
                                                            Professional Skin Care Consultant

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                Legislative Affairs Committee Update
                        Submitted by: Sarah Baumhoff, Legislative Affairs Chair

   It has been a busy legislative time! It’s hard to keep up with everything that is going on. We hope that
   the information that the Legislative Affairs Committee has provided you has been helpful in keeping up
   to date with all the proposals and changes. Keep watching your email for further updates on the new
   bills being introduced and information on the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

   By the time you read this, GASFAA will have had our day at the capitol. On March 7th, the Executive
   Board and members of the Legislative Affairs Committee visited with members of our state legislature.
   It is a time for us to be able to relay to them the work that GASFAA is doing and what is important to
   our students and campuses.

   If you have any questions or things you would like to see the Legislative Affairs Committee address,
   please contact me (sarahb@gsfc.org or 770-724-9021) or any member of the committee.

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                                                 College Goal Sunday 2008
                                        February 10, 2008 marked a sign of success in Georgia. College Goal
                                        Sunday was held in 18 counties with 183 volunteers. The number of
                                        students increased more than 100% (497) which is an average of
                                        almost 28 students per site!
                                        The College Goal Sunday grant and the support from GSFC and
                                        GASFAA enabled us to give 18 participants $500 one time
                                        Special thanks goes to Mandy Branch-Friar at UGA for her assistance
                                        in receiving the UGA Parents and Family grant in the amount of
                                        $2,000 to help with the site at Booker T. Washington High School.
                                        We could not have had this success without the help of the Site
                                        Coordinators, Site Presenters, Volunteers, Task Force Members, the
                                        Community Action Committee, and GASFAA, NASFAA and Lender
                                        support. There are far too many to mention, but just a few below.

GASFAA                                                       Site Presenters
Dave Bledsoe                                                 Noel Brock, Citibank
Jennifer Codemo-Thomas and all of the                        Carole Jones, Citizens Bank
    Community Action Committee Members                       Gary Mann, SunTrust Educational Loans
All the GASFAA Volunteers                                    Stephan Schnaiter, Academic Finance Corporation

Site Coordinators                                            Other Support
Terry Echols, Kennesaw State University                      Sarah Baumhoff and Sarah Parks, GSFC
Jami Hall, Dalton State College                              Dianne Cox, Dalton State
Laura Harris, Armstrong Atlantic State University            Sylvia Jones, Citibank
Krystal Houston, Clayton State University                    Jonathan Looney, EdAmerica
Connie Murphey, Georgia Southern University                  George Lumpkin, Wells Fargo
Courtney Ray, Athens Technical College                       Brenda Vaughn, NSLP
Jill Rayner, North Georgia College & State University
Rita Roberts, Beacon University
Pat Sewell, Middle Georgia College
Patricia Simmons, Macon State College
Shawn Stamey, Athens Technical College
Angie Wilson, Okefenokee Technical College
Betty Young, Sandersville Technical College

We look forward to seeing everyone again on February 15, 2009. For more information, please visit The
College Goal Sunday web site (www.collegegoalsundayga.com). If you would like to be a Site Coordinator,
Host Site, or on the Task Force, please contact Dianne Cox at dcox@daltonstate.edu.

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                         Membership Committee Report
                        Respectfully submitted by Larry Mitcham, Membership Chair

As of February 12, 2008 we have 601 current GASFAA members, 190 of which are new members. We also have a
number of members from last year that have yet to renew their membership. If you fall into this category, please
take a moment to visit the GASFAA website (www.gasfaa.org) and renew your membership. Membership fees are
only $20 and include benefits such as:
               Professional Development
               Access to Publications and Resource Materials
               Mentoring Opportunities
               Volunteer Opportunities
               Updates on Legislative Activities
If you are a current GASFAA member, let me encourage you to review your membership profile by logging onto
the GASFAA website and selecting the Member Services tab. You would then select the Update your member
profile tab and log in using your username and password. Once you have logged in, please take a moment to
ensure your Institution is listed on your profile. If it is not, please take a moment and update that information for
us. And finally, if you know of anyone who is not a current member of GASFAA, please encourage them to join so
they too may be able to take advantage of the many benefits afforded GASFAA members.
                                 Thank you for your continued support of GASFAA.

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               Vendor/Sponsor Coordinator’s Report
                 Respectfully submitted by: Jody Darby, Vendor/Sponsor Coordinator

   Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! GASFAA had 29 vendors at the Fall Conference in Duluth, GA.

   Looking ahead to the Spring Conference in Savannah, we also have 29 vendors confirmed.

   Between advertisements, conference vendor table space, and general sponsorship, our vendor
   partners have contributed over 40% of GASFAA’s annual income for the current fiscal year’s budget.
   This is outstanding!

   Without the financial contributions from our partners, we could not continue to offer the high quality
   training and conferences that our membership has come to deserve and expect. The Executive Board
   thanks our partners for their support, financial and otherwise!

   Show our vendors that you appreciate them. Visit their booths at the conference!

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                                GASFAA CREATES THE
                           FINANCE AND BUDGET COMMITTEE
                        Respectfully submitted by: Gary Mann, Finance and Budget Chair
By approval of the Association at the Fall 2007 annual              The Finance and Budget Committee, along with treasurer, will
conference, GASFAA members approved an amendment to the             conduct periodic reviews of cash balances and expenses and
By-Laws creating the Finance and Budget Committee as a              make appropriate recommendations and as necessary
permanent standing committee for the Association. The initial       recommend budget adjustments to stay within budget
mission and goals of this committee were also approved and          guidelines;
listed below.                                                       The Finance and Budget Committee will review contract
FINANCE AND BUDGET COMMITTEE                                        proposals and make recommendation to the president in order
The Finance and Budget Committee develops, oversees and             to reduce a potential fiscal liability;
maintains proper fiscal controls and financial management           The Finance and Budget Committee will perform other duties
strategies to ensure fiscal integrity of Georgia Association of     within the scope of the committee as deemed necessary by the
Student Financial Aid Administrators, Inc (GASFAA). The             President.
committee will prepare, in collaboration with the president and     Should any member have additional comments to make on the
treasurer, the fiscal budget prior to the first board meeting;      creation of this new standing committee please feel free to send
The Finance and Budget Committee is responsible for                 them to the Chair who will take them to the Executive Board
monitoring expenditures, analyzing cash flow trends and
advising GASFAA’s Executive Board regarding short-term and
long-term investments;

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  Expanded Role of Financial Aid Administrators Means Better Service to Students
       and Higher Return on Investment (ROI) for Colleges and Universities
                        By Leonard Gude, Vice President, Financial Aid Solutions, Regent

Education                                                           federal funds. Today, that figure has increased to $200 billion
                                                                    with nearly two thirds of students getting some form of
Financial aid officers at colleges and universities across the
                                                                    assistance. This underscores the important role that financial
country are becoming an increasingly important part of the
                                                                    aid plays in the decision-making process of America’s top
institutions they serve. It wasn’t always that way. During my
                                                                    high school students as they search for the right fit in a
30 years in higher education - including my position as a
                                                                    college or university. According to the National Center for
university financial aid administrator (FAA) - I observed that
                                                                    Education Statistics (NCES), the percentage of students
at many institutions the FAAs work in something of a silo
                                                                    receiving assistance at various types of colleges is:
and are excluded from the strategic planning process of the
institution.                                                        Two-Year Public Colleges: 46.8%
                                                                    Four-Year Public Colleges and Universities: 68.6%
Amazingly, the part of the financial structure of the
                                                                    Four-Year Private Colleges and Universities: 83.3%
institution that most directly touches students and families -
                                                                    Private, for Profit (Proprietary) Institutions: 89.9%
one that could be a powerful force for success - was
                                                                    Total (All Institutional Types): 63.2%
operating essentially on its own. With limited tools and only
sporadic participation in the strategic planning process,
there was a serious disconnect between the financial aid
office and the other economic centers of the institution.                It’s My Life Conference
                                                                       In conjunction with NASFAA, GASFAA’s Community
New technology becomes a powerful tool                                 Action & Diversity Committees recently participated in
for financial aid officers                                             the fifth annual It’s My Life conference held in Atlanta
Hopefully, those days are over or, at least, they are fast             September 30th – October 2nd. Did you know that
coming to a close. The trend today is that, at many                    according to Casey Family Programs, the sponsor of
institutions, the financial aid office has become a much more          this event, 70 percent of teens in foster care want to
important part of the overall financial strategy of the                attend college, but only 35 percent actually do attend
institution in ways that might surprise even veteran aid               and only three percent graduate? The It’s My Life
administrators. FAAs are taking on a higher profile role. One          conference connects youth in foster care, youth
significant reason is that new innovative tools, using the             formerly in care, and their advocates from around the
latest technology, now enable the financial aid office to track        country to opportunities that prepare them for
and report key performance information in real-time. They              adulthood, emphasizing education, employment,
also - for the first time - allow these metrics to be shared           housing, and other life skills development. GASFAA’s
instantly with senior administrators within an                         committee members were able to share valuable
institution. These new tools enable greater accuracy, access,          information with the 800+ conference participants
speed and accountability.                                              about College Goal Sunday, as well as answer general
                                                                       financial aid questions.
The effects? Financial aid has become 1) a stronger
recruitment tool that can act more quickly in the application
process to attract top students who might otherwise go
elsewhere, 2) a more service-oriented system with
technology doing much of the administrative grunt work and
enabling financial aid officers to devote more of their time to
interacting directly with students and families, 3) a means
for retention of students who would otherwise leave for
financial reasons, 4) a better fiscal management system and
5) a more successful way to handle compliance and audits.

Financial aid plays a bigger role today than ever before. In
1993, $41.9 billion in student aid was awarded, 75% of it in

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Here are the five primary ways in which technology has                returned resulting in a receivable for the student. Both the
increased the importance of the financial aid officer and how         student and the institution lose. The use of newer
those officers, in turn, help their institutions to a far greater     technology enables the FAA to speed up the awarding and
extent than ever before:                                              aid disbursement processes. Students get their money on
                                                                      time, pay their tuition on time and are less apt to leave.
Research has shown that increasing the number of contacts                Sound Fiscal Management
with prospective students increases the likelihood of their           Enrollment optimization is a strategic imperative for every
enrolling at your institution. While the admissions office may        institution. Financial aid plays a key role in the realization of
contact a prospective student three or four times during the          this goal. At many institutions, funding is contingent upon
decision process, the financial aid office does so even more          enrollment. If an institution can’t process financial aid in a
frequently. Some financial aid management systems enable              timely manner, it won’t be able to maximize enrollment at
institutions to correspond via mail and electronically with           the beginning of a term. Even if students have a firm promise
prospective students and parents at home and at multiple              for tuition deferments, they are uncertain as to whether they
email addresses at the same time.                                     will have money for books and their other educationally
                                                                      related expenses. Consequently, they may enroll only part
Responding quickly has become another important aspect of             time (if at all) as a result — thus the institution’s enrollment
the admissions process. By automating the application                 and/or FTE count goes down costing the institution money
processing and communications processes, the financial aid            that it would otherwise have received.
office increases its efficiency and effectiveness in reaching
students early and quickly. Staying in front of the students,         Also, any delay in receipt of funds for payment of tuition and
at the appropriate intervals, reminds them that the                   other institutional charges negatively impacts the cash flow
institution is truly interested in them and ultimately                of the institution. Once again, the use of newer technology
improves the yield for the institution.                               to speed up the awarding and aid disbursement processes
                                                                      can improve both cash flow and revenue of the institution.
Quality Student Service
An important component of success is quality student                     Compliance and Audits
service. FAAs can make a good impression on students and              In this day of ever-changing federal regulations,
parents - by being available, responsive, and helpful.                accountability and compliance have gained increasing
Technology is automating many of the rote but necessary               importance. Major mistakes discovered during financial aid
administrative chores in the aid office. Financial aid                audits could result in institutions having to repay millions of
management solutions can help institutions by automating              dollars. Security, controls and safeguards embedded in the
key processes, such as tracking, packaging, awarding,                 modern financial aid management system can help
communicating, reporting, and disbursing of funds. Less               institutions avoid them. These controls significantly reduce
time entering data and creating reports means that the staff          the incidence of mistakes, and when they do occur, lessen
can devote more time interacting (face-to-face and on the             the negative impact on the institution.
phone) with students and their parents.
                                                                      The use of modern technology tools breed confidence
Retention                                                             throughout an institution and have made the role of the
                                                                      financial aid officer more important than ever. With
Slow awarding and delivery of funds due to a poor data
                                                                      compliance and regulatory pressures abound, higher
management system in a financial aid office can often result
                                                                      education institutions are demanding solutions that provide
in students failing to continue enrollment at the
                                                                      seamless toolsets for managing all the mission critical
institution. For example, if students do not know how much
                                                                      functions for Title IV delivery. Additionally, they are seeking
aid that they will receive, they may elect not to register for
                                                                      toolsets that will assist them in achieving operational
classes. If they have not received funds necessary to
                                                                      excellence. By adopting a powerful software solution, the
purchase books and pay housing, meal and transportation
                                                                      financial aid office may change its perceived role from a back
costs, they may withdraw from classes. This can be costly in
                                                                      office administrative function to a front line strategic
several ways. First, the institution loses enrollment
funding. Second, if the student withdraws before 60% of the
term has ended a portion of federal aid may have to be

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                                          balloons, breath-taking air shows, a    ment, feasting, jousting, and much

  Out and                                 heart-pounding road race, colorful
                                          parades, historic tours, an unfor-
                                                                                  more. Check the web site for sever-
                                                                                  al themed weekends including Kids

  About in                                gettable Bengal tiger show, daz-
                                          zling fireworks displays, and
                                          amusement rides that thrill all
                                                                                  Free, Scots and Kilts, and Pirates.

  Georgia                                 ages. Nightly concerts feature top
                                          national and regional recording
                                                                                  The Atlanta Journal-
                                                                                  Constitution International
                                          artists from every musical genre,
                                          and military bands.                     Auto Show
            April                         http://www.cherryblossom.com/
                                                                                  April 19-27
  The Savannah Music Festival                                                     World Congress Center, Atlanta
  March 20-April 5                        The Atlanta Dogwood                     The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  Various times and locations in          Festival                                International Auto Show is the
  Savannah                                                                        largest automotive event for the
                                          April 4-6
  The Savannah Music Festival (SMF)                                               Metro Atlanta dealers, featuring a
                                          Lenox Square, Atlanta
  is Georgia’s largest musical arts                                               wide variety of styles, including luxu-
                                          The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is a
  festival and one of the most dis-                                               ry vehicles, economy cars, sports
                                          celebration of arts and entertain-
  tinctive cross-genre music festivals                                            cars, exotics, hybrids, alternative fuel
                                          ment. Events and activities include
  in the world. SMF is building a                                                 vehicles, limited production cars,
                                          non-stop live entertainment, a pro-
  robust history on its devotion to                                               concepts, convertibles, vans, light
                                          fessionally juried arts Festival fea-
  living, vibrant musical traditions,                                             trucks and 4-wheel drive vehicles. It
                                          turing more than 200 top artists
  regularly presenting commissioned                                               is also one of the 10 largest shows
                                          and craftsmen, one of the largest
  works, unique and imaginative pro-                                              in the nation, with over 600,000
                                          Frisbee Dog events in the nation,
  ductions and rare regional appear-                                              square feet of display space. The
                                          and an interactive zone for kids.
  ances by renowned artists in jazz,                                              Auto Show’s annual preview party,
                                          The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is
  classical, blues, bluegrass, gospel                                             “A NIGHT OF CARS & STARS,” is a
                                          usually held in Piedmont Park but
  and other styles of American and                                                fund raiser for Children’s Healthcare
                                          will have to move this year due to
  international roots music. Artists                                              of Atlanta, and will take place on
                                          the drought. Please visit their Web
  collaborate, students and master                                                Friday, April 18, 2008 at 7:30 P.M. at
                                          site for more information.
  musicians intermingle, vocalists                                                the Georgia World Congress Center.
  showcase their talents, and com-                                                This event will give attendees the
  munities uplift and celebrate over                                              first opportunity to see hundreds of
  seventeen specially conceived days      The Georgia Renaissance                 new vehicles, plus rub elbows with
  and nights.                             Festival                                many of Atlanta’s sports and media
  http://www.savannahmusicfestival.org/                                           celebrities.
                                          Saturdays and Sundays, April            http://ajcautoshow.com/
  The International Cherry                12-June 1 (also open on
                                          Memorial Day)                           Tour de Georgia Bike Race
  Blossom Festival                        Fairburn
                                                                                  April 21-27
  March 28-April 6                        A rollicking good time awaits you
                                                                                  Various locations in Georgia
  Macon                                   at the Georgia Renaissance
                                                                                  The Tour de Georgia is North
  Come to Macon to celebrate the          Festival. Attractions include an
                                                                                  America’s premier, professional
  beauty of 300,000 flowering             artisan market (weaving, black-
                                                                                  cycling event and rolling festival of
  Yoshino cherry trees in the “Cherry     smithing, coin minting, glass blow-
                                                                                  community activities. The event is
  Blossom Capital of the World.”          ing, pottery, jewelry and more),
                                                                                  sanctioned by the Union Cycliste
  Delight in the splendor of hot-air      thrill rides, 10 stages of entertain-

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  Out and About Cont.                     began as one race with 40 competi-       tainment and activities just for them.
  Internationale and is part of the       tors has since grown to offer eight      There will be two stages of live
  USA Cycling Professional Tour USA       separate race classes and 150            music featuring gospel, hip-hop,
  Cycling, Inc., making the event one     cyclists competing in the main           R&B, Caribbean, and reggae. A vari-
  of the top stage races for elite ath-   event, the men’s criterium, a 60-km      ety of vendors will sell art, jewelry,
  letes around the world. 12 commu-       race around downtown Athens.             books and other crafts. Food ven-
  nities have been selected as official   There will be fun and games for the      dors offer cuisines from around the
  Host Venues. Stage 1: Monday,           whole family.                            world. The Pan African Festival is
  April 21 – Tybee Island to              http://www.athenstwilight.com/           sponsored by the Tubman African
  Savannah; Stage 2: Tuesday, April                                                American Museum.
  22 – Statesboro to Augusta; Stage 3:
  Wednesday, April 23 – Washington
                                          31st Annual Vidalia Onion                http://www.tubmanmuseum.com/

  to Gainesville; Stage 4: Thursday,      Festival
  April 24 – Road Atlanta/Braselton
                                          April 25-27
  (Team Time Trial); Stage 5: Friday,
                                                                                   Snellville Days Festival
  April 25 – Suwanee/Gwinnett Co. to                                               May 3-4
                                          Each spring, Vidalia anticipates the
  Dahlonega; Stage 6: Saturday, April
                                          harvest of Georgia’s Official State      T.W. Briscoe Park, Snellville
  26 – Blairsville/Union Co. to
                                          Vegetable, the internationally           The Snellville Days Festival features a
  Brasstown Bald Mountain/Towns
                                          known, Vidalia Sweet Onion. Since        weekend full of free fun, including
  County; Stage 7: Sunday, April 27 –
                                          1978, Vidalia has celebrated this        more than 150 craft and food ven-
  Atlanta (Circuit Race).
                                          special occasion with an array of        dors, a car show on Saturday, Dog
                                          fun-filled events. You and your fam-     and Disc Competition, stages with
                                          ily are invited to share in the natu-    live entertainment, a Saturday night
  87th Annual Rose Show and               ral beauty and color of spring in        concert, and much more. The
  Festival                                Vidalia. Offerings include freshly       Snellville Days Parade will take place
                                          cooked Vidalia onion rings, an           on Saturday, May 3rd beginning at 10
  April 24-26                             onion eating contest, and onion          am.
  Thomasville                             cooking demonstrations. Other            http://www.snellvilledays.com/
  Held in beautiful historic downtown     Festival activities include a street
  Thomasville, the Rose Festival has
  been a Southwest Georgia Tradition
                                          dance, rodeo, children’s parade, air     Fiesta Atlanta
                                          show, fireworks, carnival rides, train
  since the 1920s. Enjoy roses, roses,    rides, the Vidalia Onion Arts and        May 4
  and more roses, plus parades, live      Craft Festival and more.                 Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta
  music, fantastic food, exciting         http://www.vidaliaonionfestival.com/     Fiesta Atlanta is Atlanta’s largest
  sporting events, arts and crafts and                                             Hispanic outdoor family festival.
  everything from an elegant planta-                                               Fiesta Atlanta takes place on Cinco
  tion ball to a family-oriented street   Pan African Festival                     de Mayo weekend and is a day long
  dance.                                  Weekend in the Park                      celebration of Latino culture, music,
  http://www.downtownthomasville.com/                                              and food. It features continuous live
                                          April 26-27
                                                                                   performances by national and local
                                          Central City Park, Macon
  29th Annual Athens Twilight             Bring the whole family to Central
                                                                                   artists, vendor booths offering free
                                                                                   product samples, arts and crafts,
  April 25-26                             City Park and enjoy a weekend full of
                                                                                   and authentic Latino foods.
  Downtown Athens                         events, perfect for all ages, with
  Founded in 1980 by Gene Dixon,          something for everyone. Enjoy live
  the Athens Twilight Criterium was       music, dance, food, cultural demon-
  the first nighttime race in the         strations, arts and crafts vendors and
  United States in over 60 years. What    a children’s village devoted to enter-

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              Wow, Was I Wrong About My Observation!
           By Mona Ghuman, Client Training Manager, Citibank - The Student Loan Corporation
Have you ever been out, somebody walks across your            segregated neighborhood? Maybe an all Caucasian,
path and wondered what that individual’s life might be        Latino or Polish neighborhood? Or maybe you attend a
like? For example, I’m standing in line to pay for my         segregated house of worship such as an African
groceries and there’s a woman in line directly in front       American Baptist Church, Arabic Mosque or even an
of me. She’s wearing a black Chanel suit, brown pumps         Israeli Temple. And there are some of you who might
and a matching brown Fendi bag. Her dark black hair is        take part in segregated hobbies or activities. Does an
pulled back into a low pony tail and her makeup is neat       all Women’s Club sound familiar? Or does a Gay
and fresh. Her cart is full of fruits and veggies, and        Parents Club or a Republican Meetup Group describe
unlike my cart, I don’t see a single bad calorie. I wonder    you? If so, this leaves work as being the only place you
what she does for a living. Maybe she’s a personal            might interact with people of varied and diverse
trainer? Or a big time executive? Better yet…I think          backgrounds.
she’s a lawyer, living in a high rise apartment in
downtown, as a single Italian woman. As she delicately        If you’re thinking you don’t have any biases, having no
opens her brown Fendi bag to pay for her groceries, a         biases is impossible. The trick is not to let your biases
stack of business cards fall out and land into my cart. I     control your behavior. Here are a few techniques that
reach for them and sneak a quick glance before I hand         have helped me:
them over. Emilie Garnier...Accountant. Accountant???         Get to know your students and co-workers
I definitely didn’t see that. Just a minute…she’s on her
cell phone speaking another language. Even though I
only took a year of French in high school, that is             As you get to know people, you tend to find things you
definitely French she’s speaking. And are those pictures       like about them. In turn, you stop referring to them as
in her wallet of children standing in front of a suburban      part of a group that you may have stereotyped. They
home? Wow, was I wrong about my observation!                   are now an individual who you respect. Maybe getting
                                                               to know that individual will change your judgment
This is what we do on an everyday basis. We like to
                                                               towards the entire group.
think we have no biases or that our biases are minimal
and harmless. The thing is we are all products of our             Ask questions.
culture, education, and life experiences. We have              When we ask questions, our biases tend to clear up.
histories that we can’t be separated from. Some of that        You will have a better understanding and come off as
history is part of our social experiences and some of it       open-minded.
is personal. That’s what shapes our thoughts and
beliefs. We don’t choose to work off of biases or judge           Don’t tolerate stereotypical jokes.
others based on stereotypes. We’re all human and we            Whether you hear a joke about race, culture, sexual
need to create and work off of all sorts of                    orientation or even gender, speak up when you hear
generalizations. And yes, it might be easier if we             jokes that aim at a certain group or person. Keeping
operated like a computer and just used data and facts.         silent isn’t a sufficient response.
But since that isn’t happening any time soon, we
generalize. And if the generalization has any sort of             Show pride!
negative inference, then that’s how a stereotype is            By showing pride in your own roots, others will ask
created.                                                       questions. When others learn about your roots and
                                                               heritage, their biases will clear up and they will show
Think about your work setting. For some, this may be           appreciation. And next time they might even speak up
the only place you experience any type of diversity.           and clear someone else’s biases when they hear your
Allow me to give you some examples. Do you live in a           group being targeted!

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Observations Cont.
Take Interest.
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If your co-worker has displayed
something that pertains to their
religion, race, culture, gender or sexual
orientation, show interest by asking
about it. This is a great way to thaw
out those stereotypes!

Look for something to compliment.
You may learn something about the
individual after the compliment. For
example, admiring your co-workers
pendant might teach you something
new about his/her religion.

Watch your language when you
vent your feelings!
When you’re upset, be careful not to
say something biased. You could
immediately be hit with a lawsuit by
targeting a certain group in the

Lastly, remember what Mom
always said…
“If you can’t say something nice, don’t
say anything at all.”

I believe the different groups in today’s
society are becoming more prominent.
Yes, America is definitely a melting
pot, but I think it’s fair to say that
people of different religions, race,
culture, beliefs, traditions, sexual
orientations, disabilities and gender
are less afraid to be seen in the public
eye. And if you do come across
somebody who is different from you,
you might be at risk to judge based off
of those biases. However, by being
fully aware of your actions and
thoughts, you can control those
biases. So, be attentive to those
around you! No one is too old to
change or learn something new!

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                                  By Patrice Walker, Augusta Technical College
  One of the most important parts of attending college is the purchasing of textbooks. Students want to purchase
  what is required, but they also want to make sure that they are getting the best deal for their money.

  There are many options available for the student who needs to purchase books. The first one that comes to mind
  is, of course, the College or University’s book store. One can almost always be sure that the book store will have
  exactly what is needed for a specific course, and, if it is not available due to a sell-out of the product, it will almost
  certainly become available during the quarter or semester. And, there are no additional costs, i.e. shipping and
  handling. If, however, a student wants to pursue other avenues, the following are some options he/she might check

  • Barnes and Noble, www.barnesandnoble.com
      o Shipping price—varies by product, but if the eligible order exceeds $25.00, shipping is free.
      o Shipping/arrival time—varies by product, but is normally three to four days after the ship date.
      o Return policy—if you need to return a book (cancelled class, etc.), you must return it within 30 days of the
        initial purchase in the original condition along with all packing material.
      o ‘User friendliness’ of website—a link for Textbooks is right on the home page. You can search by author, title,
        keyword, ISBN or any combination of the above

  • Borders, www.borders.com
      o Shipping price—varies by product, but if the eligible order exceeds $25.00, shipping is free.
      o Shipping/arrival time—varies by product, but is normally five to nine days after the ship date.
      o Return policy—if you need to return a book (cancelled class, etc.), you must return it within 30 days of the
        initial purchase in the original condition.
      o ‘User friendliness’ of website—you will need to actually search for Textbooks using Borders search engine.

  I also researched Half.com (www.half.com); however, it was almost impossible to find any information concerning
  textbooks. Even after accessing the site map, textbooks were not readily available.

  Students should also be careful that they are purchasing the correct book if they choose to purchase online. Some
  books—especially specialized books, such as computer programming or medical textbooks—may not be available
  through a franchise such as Borders or Barnes and Noble.

  The above options are certainly not the only options available to students. Each city or town usually has a used
  college textbook store—here in Augusta, we have The Spotted Cow. Students can also turn to each other for
  textbooks. Either of these options could save students money; however, one should be careful and not purchase
  editions that are no longer used, or purchase textbooks that no longer have software that may be required for a

  Another option for students is the College or University library. It is possible that the library may have the required
  textbook on its shelves, and that it is available to students to check out for an extended period of time.

  Overall, students have many options available. It is simply a matter of choosing the best option.

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                          Public Service Loan Forgiveness
                                   By Jennifer Maxwell, University of West Georgia

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program was                    organization that is described in section 501(c)(3) of the
established under the College Cost Reduction and Access            Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as exempt from taxation
Act of 2007 (CCRAA). This program was created to                   under section 501(a) of such Code; or teaching as a full-
encourage high debt graduates to pursue low income                 time faculty member at a Tribal College or University as
public service employment.                                         defined in section 316(b) and other faculty teaching in
                                                                   high-needs areas, as determined by the Secretary.
To qualify for public service loan forgiveness, a borrower
must:                                                              It is recommend that borrowers start off with the income
  • Make 120 monthly payments on the eligible Federal              contingent repayment plan, if possible and switch to the
    Direct Loan on or after October 1, 2007;                       income-based repayment as soon as it becomes available
  • Be employed in a public service job as defined by the          on July 1, 2008. Parent PLUS loans are not eligible for
    CCRRAA during the time the borrower makes the                  income-based repayment. If a borrower were to use only
    qualifying monthly payments;                                   standard repayment for repaying their loans, there would
  • Be employed in a public service job as defined by the          be no balance remaining after 10 years and so no debt to
    CCRRAA at the time the Secretary of Education forgives         cancel.
    the loan; and
  • Make qualifying payments under one (or a combination           At this time, the program is still a work in progress. One
    of) the following:                                             potential issue is that under current law the amount of any
      o Income contingent repayment plan;                          debt discharged is potentially treated as taxable income
      o Income-based repayment plan (not available until           meaning after 10 years there could be a large federal tax
         July 2009)                                                bill to pay but Congress could decide to exclude loan
      o Standard repayment plan with a 10 year repayment           forgiveness from taxable income at any time. Another issue
         period; or                                                is the marriage penalty of the income-based and income
      o One of the other Direct Loan repayment plans               contingent repayment plans. These plans combine the
         under which the borrower paid a monthly amount            income of both spouses leading to a much higher monthly
         that is not less than what the borrower would pay         payment. Those who pursue the public service loan
         under a 10 year repayment plan.                           forgiveness with high marriage income will be severely
Borrowers must be part of the Direct Loan program to be
eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.          The public loan forgiveness program will give graduates
Effective July 1, 2008, FFEL only borrowers will be allowed        with high debt an opportunity to seek low income public
to consolidate or reconsolidate loans into the Direct Loan         service jobs without the worry of high monthly loan
program in order to qualify for public service loan                payments. Borrowers will need to consider whether they
forgiveness.                                                       are willing to work in a public service job for 10 or more
                                                                   years and weigh their options carefully before choosing this
A borrower must be employed full-time in a public service          as their repayment option.
job as defined by the CCRAA. These jobs include positions
in government, military service, law enforcement, public           For more information about the public loan forgiveness
education, social work in a public or family service agency,       program you can visit the following websites:
public interest law services, public child care, public service    http://www.nasfaa.org/publications/2007/lnpublic101507.html
for individuals with disabilities, public service for the          http://www.finaid.org/loans/publicservice.phtml
elderly, public library sciences, school-based library
sciences and other school based services or an

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          Selective Service: A Barrier to Some Students
                                  By: Angie Wilson, Okefenokee Technical College

Many American citizens never give the Selective Service program a second thought. However, for some students,
Selective Service requirements can be a huge barrier in obtaining training or an education.

According to the Selective Service website (http://www.sss.gov), the mission of Selective Service is “to provide
manpower to the armed forces in an emergency… Virtually all men ages 18 – 25 must register. Only if there is high
compliance with this law, will a future draft be fair and equitable.”

Here are some other quick facts from the Selective Service website. In calendar year 2005, 93% of men ages 18 – 25
years old have registered and 95% of men 20 – 25 years old have registered. The Selective Service System has on file
13.5 million names and addresses for men 18 – 25 years old. In essence this means that there are 675,000 men who are
eligible to register right now that are not registered. If the above statistics are representative of previous years, there
are a considerable number of men over the age of 25 who never registered with Selective Service. These men now have
an almost insurmountable barrier if they wish to use financial aid for education.

Federal and state student financial aid regulations require all men aged 18 – 25 register with the Selective Service
System. This requirement covers men residing in the United States who are U.S. citizens or noncitizens, except that a
man who is on the U.S. as a lawful nonimmigrant isn’t required to register as long as he maintains that status (Federal
Student Aid Handbook, Chapter 5,1-57). The most predominant reason heard in Financial Aid Offices for non-
compliance with Selective Service is “I didn’t know”, or “I thought I did register”. Those men who were incarcerated or
were in the military have a legitimate excuse for non-compliance, but what about the rest? The men this most seems to
affect are those that dropped out of high school and probably legitimately were not aware of the requirements. Many
dropped out of high school at age 16 before the required age for registration. Many come from broken homes or left
home at age 16 and Selective Service notices never caught up with them. Some were involved in drugs or were in jail. If
they were released from prison before age 25 they were not aware of the requirement. Many of these men are
unmarried and have children for which they are responsible for paying child support. In some cases the Georgia
Fatherhood Program helps these students with tuition, fees, and other expenses for school because they are unable to
receive any type of aid. Georgia Fatherhood Program’s funding, however, is limited.

It seems that we are punishing the very members of our society that we most need to help with education and job
training. Female students do not have this barrier. I know many of these men who are now in their thirties and want to
turn their lives around. They want to be able to better support themselves and family and need education and training,
and yet these are the very ones we are turning away because they do not meet the Selective Service Requirement. This
requirement is the one requirement for financial aid that cannot be remedied. After the age of 25, they cannot register.
The burden of proof is then placed on them to prove that they did “not knowingly or willfully fail to register”. This can
be very hard to prove for many men and most simply give up.

I agree that Selective Service is important to have in the event of a wartime situation, but I also feel that it is important
to be fair and equitable in the case of awarding aid, especially to those that need it most. In Georgia one of our top
priorities is work force development. This group of men could be very productive members of society with training and
education if not for the registration requirement. This is one area in which we as Financial Aid Officers could make an
impact by simply listening to their stories, helping them find other alternate sources of educational funding, or even
exercising professional judgment. For more information on Selective Service requirements and situations for which
professional judgment can occur, please visit Chapter 5 of the Federal Student Aid Handbook.

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        Does Your Campus Need a Student Financial
                    Literacy Program?
      By Sharon Cabeen, Vice President of Financial Literacy, National Student Loan Program

   A recent study by The Hartford shows 76% of college students wish they had more help preparing for
   their financial futures, and less than half say their parents make an effort to teach them. Developing
   an on-campus financial literacy program for your students can be another way to reduce drop-outs
   and create “well-rounded” graduates who successfully repay their student loans.

   There are several steps to establishing a comprehensive financial literacy program.
    1.Find out what your students need. Ask them what they want to know and when they want
      to learn it.
    2.Establish your goals. Identify the problem, set a measurable goal, identify the behavior change
      you want to see, and the measurement you’ll use.
    3.Set your learning objectives. List what your students need to learn, and then develop your
      topics and plans.
    4.Develop your program content and structure. Start small and build your program over time.
    5.Tailor the topics and delivery methods to what your students need on your campus. If what you
      try doesn’t work, be flexible and try something different.
    6.Decide how and where you will provide information. Identify resources and collaborate about
      who will do what, for whom, and when.
    7.Evaluate your success. Assess what worked and what didn’t and how to enhance future efforts.

   Attracting students can be a challenge, but it is possible. The best way to reach students is to involve
   them in the development, planning, and implementation of your ideas. If it’s something they want
   and believe in, word will spread quickly and that’s your best and least-cost advertising. A survey that
   asks them what they want followed by a program that delivers what they asked for is an excellent

   Many financial aid offices across the country have implemented financial literacy programs. One thing
   they will all tell you is that it’s a lot like “experimental science.” You have to identify the problem,
   create a possible solution, test the solution, assess, and either declare victory or regroup based on
   your findings. It can be messy and feel a bit disorderly. Sometimes it takes a lot of messes to get it
   right, but eventually something workable emerges. And in the long run, what emerges will be a
   solution that will be workable for the long-term financial health of our students.

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                            Takes on

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Name:    Dianne Cox
Institution/Organization: Dalton State College

Years in Financial Aid: 25

What brought you into financial aid or education lending?
During my undergraduate years, I was a work study student in
the Financial Aid Office at Nebraska Wesleyan University. After
I graduated, a financial aid counselor position opened at an
area college. I got the position, and have stayed in the
financial aid industry ever since.

Why did you decide to help with College Goal Sunday? I
believe in the power of education to open doors to a better
life. Knowing that the financial aid process is intimidating for
first generation college students, I feel that we in the industry need to
provide all the assistance we can to help first generation students
through the process. College Goal Sunday is a perfect way to provide that
initial boost.

What made the 2008 College Goal Sunday successful? The support of
GASFAA made a big difference. GASFAA members made significant
contributions – 13 of the 17 College Goal Sunday sites were hosted by
GASFAA member institutions. The $500 educational drawing available at
each site proved to be a big draw. Thank you to GASFAA and GSFC for
providing the funds to make this drawing possible!

What is the greatest misconception about financial aid or education financing? I think the biggest misconception
on my campus is that the financial aid staff sits in their offices and crunches numbers. In fact, we see and talk to
thousands of students and parents each year. We’re slowly becoming more visible on campus with financial
literacy programs and events like College Goal Sunday.

What keeps you busy outside work? My husband, Steve, and I like to travel. Other than that, we’re kind of home
bodies. At home, I enjoy reading, gardening and playing the piano.

Name someone famous (or not so famous) who has had a tremendous impact on your life? What was the impact
she/he had on you? Professionally, that would be the first director of financial aid I worked for, John Pixley at Iowa
Western Community College. He taught me that financial aid is about helping people, not just enforcing
regulations. His caring attitude and willingness to go the extra mile for students made a big impression on me. I
try to my best to carry out his legacy.

Where and what would you like to do when you retire? I’ve always wanted to own a little bookstore or gift shop.
Where? Possibly Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. We honeymooned there and simply love it!

What was the last song you sang when no one else was around? “What I Like about You” by the Romantics. I tend
to belt out tunes in the car when I’m on the road by myself . . . .

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 Going to a financial aid conference? Here’s How to Get
             the Most out of Your Experience
                               By: Em McNair, TG Senior Regional Account Executive
Conference season is in full swing. Whether you’re attending        will remind you to ask for copies of the materials provided at
a local event or a state or regional association conference,        the session you will not attend.
you may be wondering what you can do to gain the most               Be a selective note-taker and ask the right questions
value from your experience. Here are some tips to consider          Avoid taking down notes on everything discussed — you may
in preparing for, attending, and then following up on a             miss important points. Instead, listen closely. Take down
conference. This general guide should help ensure long-term         quick notes only on those items that need clarification. Also,
rewards for yourself and even benefit those with whom you           ask questions. If you need clarification, others may need it as
share your new knowledge and information.                           well. At the very least, presenters can use the opportunity to
Set your objectives ahead                                           reinforce their points.
Create a brief list of things you want to learn at the event.       Maximize your contacts
Include people you want to meet, organizations you want to          Foster relationships. Prepare a quick two- or three-sentence
learn more about, or processes or policies about which you          introduction, and use it when an opportunity arises to greet
need guidance. If a particular event does not cover a topic of      new acquaintances. If you want to exchange information at a
interest, ask around. Association conferences offer a rare          later date, offer your business card and commit to a quick e-
opportunity to have one-on-one contact with a wide variety          mail or phone call after the event.
of industry experts.
                                                                    Sort your materials and notes for distribution
Tell coworkers where you’re going and why                           Every piece of information you collect will probably benefit
Share with all of your office mates, even those in related          someone in your office. As you receive materials, note
function areas, that you will be attending the event. They          colleague names who may benefit from the information on a
may have specific requests for information or provide you           corner of the document, and store materials in your "survival
with the names of contacts that could be helpful. If possible,      kit" (described in the previous installment of this series).
share a brief agenda of the topics to be covered in case            When you return, you can quickly route materials.
someone needs information slated to be covered at the
conference.                                                         Preserve what you learn
                                                                    Identify three to five of the most important ideas or concepts
Make appointments to meet colleagues and contacts                   you learned at the conference. Summarize them in an e-mail
Chances are that the people you most need to talk to will           or one- or two-page "idea log." Explain how these ideas
have time to meet with you, but ask early. If a person's time       could be implemented in your office and share it with your
is in high demand, consider scheduling a "group" lunch with         supervisor. If appropriate, distribute this document to your
colleagues who may have other topics to discuss. This way,          other colleagues — it may start discussions for future
your contact may be more willing to join you, meet your             improvements in your office.
colleagues, and focus on your topics or needs.
                                                                    Write thank you notes and follow-ups
Prepare a "conference survival" kit                                 A quick e-mail message or note to a new acquaintance can
Buy or obtain a sturdy, multi-pocket organizer folder. To           go a long way towards building a permanent working
assemble your kit, include your itineraries, event mailings,        relationship. Share a thought or idea you discussed, or offer
maps, travel confirmations, a supply of business cards, and         additional information on you, your office, or your products
other items that you will need for your attendance. Keep this       and services. Offer your assistance in the future — everyone
folder handy on your desk before the event, and drop in             appreciates a helping hand.
notes as you think about your tasks and to-do items.
                                                                    Share what you learned with others
Review your materials and plot your strategy                        Spend 10 to 15 minutes visiting with colleagues, detailing
After you register, spend 15 to 30 minutes reviewing                your experiences, and distributing copies of useful
conference materials to plan your agenda. Highlight those           information. Ask your supervisor for a few minutes during
sessions you will attend. If there are two events that conflict,    the next staff meeting to share what you learned. If you
label one "A" for attend, and the other "H" for handouts. This
                                                                                                            Continued on pg. 47

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             The Presidential Race in 2008                                                          Continued from pg. 45

              By Sarah Baumhoff, Legislative Affairs Committee Chair                                participated in any "fact-
The primaries are over in Georgia, but the presidential race has just begun. Candidates are         finding" activities for a
all trying to win voters, but do you really know where the candidates stand in terms of higher      colleague, now is the time
education? The information below is provided by the Legislative Affairs Committee and was           to share this information
current as of February 15th, 2008. We have included information regarding the candidates            as well.
who were still in the race as of the time of this article being written. We encourage each of       Stay on top of house-
you to research your candidate of choice and be informed about their views and objectives.          keeping
                                                                                                    Complete your expense
                                Democratic Candidates                                               reports and other
                                                                                                    documents as soon as
Barack Obama:                                      Hillary Clinton:                                 possible. The longer you
www.barackobama.com                                www.hillaryclinton.com                           wait, the more difficult it
  • Create the America Opportunity Tax               • Create a new $3,500 college tax credit.      becomes to fill out travel
    Credit – This tax credit will be universal       • Increase the maximum Pell Grant.             reimbursement forms and
    and fully refundable. The credit will            • Strengthen community colleges through a      reports. Prepare these
    ensure that the first $4,000 of a college          $500 million investment.                     items when your activities
    education is completely free for most            • Create a graduation fund to increase         are fresh on your mind. If
    Americans. Obama’s goal is to ensure               college graduation rates.                    you find you have limited
    that the tax credit is available to families     • Increase to $10,000 the college
                                                                                                    time, spend at least five
    at the time of college enrollment by using         scholarship for those who participate in
                                                                                                    minutes sorting out
    the prior year’s tax data.                         AmeriCorps full-time for one year.
                                                                                                    receipts and sketching out
  • Simplify the financial aid process –             • Get rid of the red tape in financial aid.
                                                                                                    basic costs and
    Obama will streamline the financial aid          • Hold college costs down and hold
                                                                                                    descriptions. These will jog
    process by eliminating the current                 colleges accountable for results through
                                                                                                    your mind when you return
    application and allow families to apply for        an online college cost calculator, a
                                                                                                    to the task.
    financial aid by simply checking a box on          college graduation and employment rate
    their income tax return.                           index, and truth in tuition disclosure.      Enjoy the conference
  • Other education issues relate to primary         • Challenge selective colleges to expand       There are other rewards
    and secondary education.                           access for students from low-income          beyond the obvious for an
                                                       communities.                                 enjoyable conference
                                                     • Other education issues relate to primary     experience. You’re more
                                                       and secondary education.                     likely to remember
                                                                                                    information and follow up
                                Republican Candidates                                               on colleague contacts, if
Mike Huckabee:                                     Ron Paul:                                        you’ve liked and enjoyed
www.mikehuckabee.com                               www.ronpaul2008.com                              the event. You’re more
 • Forgive student loans for high-performing         • Introduced legislation to help families      likely to put to use what
   teachers working in low-performing                  cope with the out-of-control costs of        you’ve learned. Also, in the
   schools.                                            higher education. H.R. 193, the Make         end, if you found you spent
 • Other educational issues relate to primary          College Affordable Act, creates a full tax   your time profitably at a
   and secondary education.                            deduction for undergraduate college          financial aid conference,
                                                       tuition, reasonable living expenses, and     you’re more likely to feel
John McCain:                                           interest on qualified student loans.         more committed,
www.johnmccain.com                                   • Other educational issues listed relate to    interested, and ultimately
  • Educational issues relate to primary and           primary and secondary education.             happier about working in
    secondary education.                                                                            the industry. This, of
                                                                                                    course, has long-term
                                                                                                    benefits for you and for
All information provided above came directly from the candidate’s website or their                  those who work with you.
publications. Please review these sources directly for changes or additions to the
information provided.

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                                                                   lunch and was               Historic Haunts which features ghoulish
                                                                   featured in the book        stories from the past and present and ends
                                                                   Midnight in the             with dinner at the famous Pirate’s House.
                                                                   Garden of Good and          These are just a few of the tours offered.
                                                                   Evil. Stop by for a         Visit their web site for a complete listing of
                                                                   traditional breakfast.      tours as well as times, prices, and ticket
                                                                   Feeling more                information.
                                                                   adventurous? Try their
Looking for things to do while visiting        stuffed French toast with strawberries and      Bonaventure Cemetery
Savannah for the GASFAA Spring                 cream cheese or the Elvis which is stuffed      330 Bonaventure Rd.
Conference? Here are some local                with peanut butter and bananas.                 Savannah, GA 31404
attractions that will make you fall in love                                                    912.651.6843
with this city.                                The Moon River Brewing
                                               Company                                         Bonaventure Cemetery is the final resting

              Dining                           21 W. Bay St.
                                               Savannah, Ga 31401
                                                                                               place of some of Savannah’s most famous
                                                                                               residents including Johnny Mercer and
                                                                                               former Georgia Governor Edward Telfair.
Lady and Sons                                  912.447.0943
                                                                                               History buffs and view civil war era
102 W Congress St                                                                              gravesites and art lovers can come to view
                                               Monday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm
Savannah, GA 31401                                                                             the beautiful pieces that adorn the graves
                                               Friday - Saturday: 11am - 12am
912.233.2600                                                                                   in this cemetery.
                                               Sunday: 11am - 11pm
Monday - Saturday
                                                                                               Telfair Museum of Art
                                               The Moon River Brewing Company is a
  Lunch: 11 am - 3pm                                                                           121 Barnard Street on Telfair Square
                                               great place to kick back and enjoy some
  Dinner: Begins at 5pm                                                                        Savannah, Georgia 31401
                                               house brewed beers with amazing food.
Sunday                                                                                         912.790.8800
                                               Specialty beers of the house include the
  Lunch Buffet only 11am - 5pm                                                                 http://www.telfair.org/
                                               German-style Savannah Fest and the bitter
Phone reservations are accepted for            Swamp Fox IPA. Dark beer aficionados can
parties of 10 or more                                                                          The Telfair Museum of Art offers a wide
                                               partake in the Captain’s Porter, which
                                                                                               variety of exhibits and shows for all types
                                               contains hints of chocolate and caramel.
In the mood for some good old fashioned                                                        of art lovers. Conveniently located on
                                               We can’t forget the food – menu options
Southern home cooking? Come and visit                                                          Telfair Square, it is easily accessible from
                                               include Rings of Fire (spicy onion rings)
the Lady and Sons, home of Food                                                                downtown Savannah and River Street.
                                               and fried green tomatoes. Moon River also
Network’s Superstar Paula Deen. Chow                                                           Exhibits occurring at the time of the
                                               has a wide variety of salads, soups,
down on some fried chicken, some                                                               conference include: Frida Kahlo: Through
                                               sandwiches, and burgers.
Savannah crab cakes, and some macaroni                                                         the Lens of Nickolas Muray; Elemental:

and cheese. Can’t decide? Check out the                                                        Paintings by Luther Vann (who is a local
buffet and try a little of everything! You                                                     celebrated African-American artist); and
will have to wait in line to get a table but                                                   Picturing Savannah: The Art of Christopher
                                                                                               A. D. Murphy, another popular local artist.
the food is definitely worth the wait.         Old Savannah Tours
Clary’s Café                                   1.800.517.9007                                  Dolphin Magic Tours
                                               http://www.oldsavannahtours.com                 Located Next to the River Street
404 Abercorn Street
                                               Old Savannah Tours offers a wide variety        Market Place
Savannah, GA 31401
                                               of trolley and bus tours to meet the            1.800.721.1240
                                               interests of just about every person. The       http://www.dolphin-magic.com/
                                               Paula Deen: Lady of the House tour takes
Monday - Thursday 7 am - 4 pm
                                               visitors around Savannah to learn about         Dolphin Magic Tours offers a cruise of
Friday - Saturday 8 am - 5 pm
                                               Paula’s rags to riches story. This tour         Savannah’s Riverfront where the Waving
Sunday 8 am - 4 pm
                                               includes a free goodie bag and lunch at         Girl and Forts Jackson and Pulaski can be
                                               Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House. The                 viewed, followed by a trip to the Tybee and
Clary's Café has been a favorite gathering
                                               Savannah Experience tour visits the             Cockspur Island Lighthouses to see the
place for Savannahians since 1903, when
                                               famous attractions of Savannah as well as       dolphins play. Tours depart right outside
the famous café used to be a local
                                               some of the “forgotten areas”. More spook-      of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
pharmacy and soda fountain. It is still a
                                               tacular revelers can take the Trolley Tour of
popular gathering spot for breakfast and

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     Financial Planning for the Financial Aid Administrator, Part 2
    By Caylee French, Senior Manager of Originations Services, Georgia Student Finance Commission
Georgia’s 529 Plan is the focus of the second part of             - There are numerous tax advantages, including a state-
Financial Planning for the Financial Aid Administrator.             income tax deduction on a portion of your
                                                                    contributions and federal and state-income tax free
Each day we devote ourselves to the financial needs of              withdrawals on all your earnings, as long as the
hundreds, if not thousands, of students, explaining costs           withdrawal is used for qualified educational expenses.
of attendance, EFCs, and award packages. I suspect                  Qualified educational expenses include tuition, fees,
though that many of us have only barely begun to                    books, supplies, and, often, room and board.
consider what the numbers, costs, and awards will be              - The funds in the account can be used at any eligible
once our own children, nieces and nephews,                          institution. Eligible institutions are generally
grandchildren, or even ourselves prepare for college.               accredited, but may be public, private, or proprietary.
While it is impossible to tell what financial aid of the            Eligible institutions are not solely those located in
future will look like, there is one relatively easy way to          Georgia; institutions across the nation and even
begin planning for your child, loved one’s, or even your            certain foreign institutions can qualify as eligible.
own educational future now: the Path2College 529 Plan
(formerly called Georgia’s Higher Education Savings Plan).        - The account, and its value, is considered an asset of
                                                                    the owner, not that of the beneficiary. So, if you open
Section 529 Plans (called such because they are defined             an account and designate your child as the
in Section 529 of the IRS Code) are generally state-                beneficiary, the value of the account must be included
sponsored investment and savings plans that are                     in your assets on the FAFSA. However, if you open
intended to assist families in preparing for future                 the account and name your nephew as the
educational expenses. Most states offer a form of the 529           beneficiary, it would not be included as an asset on
Plan and Georgia is no different. The basic premise is              his FAFSA.
very similar to a retirement account, though tax rules
differ. You can put money into stocks, bonds, and mutual      The Path2College 529 Plan has many valuable features
funds now so that it is saved until you reach a point in      and often times serves as a great way to begin investing
time where the money is withdrawn for a specific purpose.     for your or your loved ones’ future educational expenses.
However, it is important to remember that the value of        With a little advance preparation and planning, we can
the funds in the account can go up or down, depending         help ensure that a college education will always be within
on market conditions and your investment choices.             reach for ourselves and families.

Georgia’s plan recently changed names and is now called       The information contained herein offers a good overview
the Path2College 529 Plan. Below are some highlights of       of the plan, but as members of the financial aid industry,
the plan:                                                     you are likely to have many more questions. I urge you to
                                                              visit the plan website, www.path2college529.com, for
  - The Path2College 529 Plan is a state-sponsored            more detailed information or to begin the account
    college savings plan (not a prepaid tuition plan          creation process.
    offered in some states)
  - Tuition Financing, Inc, a part of TIAA-CREF, is the       *Note – Most investments, including the Path2College
    program manager                                           529 Plan, carry at least some risk, along with possible
  - You can open an account with as little as $25 and         restrictions and gains or losses. The information
    designate anyone as the beneficiary (your child,          contained herein is for informational purposes only, and
    grandchild, yourself, etc).                               should not be construed as advice.

  - Some employers offer an automatic payroll deduction
    to facilitate your contributions

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School: Medix       School
Type of institution (public, private, proprietary): Private For-profit
Degrees offered: Diploma (for now); Degree programs coming 08/09
Number of students: 550 active students
How many full/part time staff members are employed in your office?
Four (Full-Time)
What are the popular programs or majors at your institution?
 • Most popular: EMS, Paramedic
 • Other Medical Programs offered: Dental Assistant, Medical
   Assistant, Medical Office Administrator, Massage Therapy,
   Pharmacy Technician and Patient Care Technician.
 • Other Technical Programs offered: HVAC and Welding
                                                                         ON SCHOOLS
What is something interesting about your institution (e.g.—
historical fact or current event) and/or something interesting about
your staff? Our Campus have been doing business since 1969
(without interruption) right here in Smyrna, GA; so it is very well
known in our community and the majority of our students come
from former graduates’ referrals.
What challenges are you facing as an office in the current and/or
upcoming year? Alternative financing.
What upgrades/improvements/progress have you made for the
current and/or upcoming year? We are getting accreditation to offer
degree programs soon.
What change or improvement to federal aid processes would most benefit your students? None at the moment, we
process our federal funds through “Common Line” and this seam to be working pretty well.
What role, if any, does GASFAA play in Financial Aid administration in your office? None.
What is the number one thing you wish your students understood about your office? That we do not make the rules, we
just follow them…
What is the number one thing you wish other administrators or faculty on your campus understood about your office?
That managing federal funds for students is a very big responsibility and maintaining a balance between “Customer
Service” and following regulations is never an easy task.
Describe an innovative, unique, or creative approach your office has used to educate students about financial aid or
financial literacy. We encourage all of our students to read and understand the responsibility of borrowing a Federal
Loan; we also make sure they do not leave the financial aid office until all numbers are understood and clear for
students and parents regardless of the time needed to complete the process.
We have an open door policy on our Financial Aid office and students are always encouraged to stop by any time to
clear their understanding of “what they are getting” or any other concerns they may have with their FA process.
Our main comment during Exit Interview: It is easier, much easier to keep your Federal Loans current than to clear a
Default; use your rights: apply for deferments, forbearance, etc if you can not afford the payments at any given time!

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School: Southern        Polytechnic State University
Type of institution (public, private, proprietary): Public

Degrees offered: Bachelor and Masters

Number of students: 4,500

How many full/part time staff members are employed in your
office? 6

What are the popular programs or majors at your institution?
Architecture and Engineering

What is something interesting about your institution (e.g.—
historical fact or current event) and/or something interesting      ON SCHOOLS
about your staff? Four of the staff have attended classes at
SPSU. Both the director and assistant have master’s degrees
from SPSU and have previously worked here in other areas of
student affairs.

What challenges are you facing as an office in the current and/or
upcoming year? Increased enrollment with decreased staff

What upgrades/improvements/progress have you made for the
current and/or upcoming year? Batch processing loans and
continuing to automate processes and improve Banner web.

What role, if any, does GASFAA play in Financial Aid
administration in your office? GASFAA offers great conferences
at convenient locations for staff training and networking.

What is the number one thing you wish your students understood about your office?That all functions are
performed by live human beings so there will not be instantaneous results on the computer. Some of them call
to see if there is something wrong if it doesn’t show up as processed within 2 hours.

What is the number one thing you wish other administrators or faculty on your campus understood about your
office? That we are subject to rules from the federal and state governments over which we have no control. Some
of these rules include information from other segments of campus, such as whether or not a student attends
classes and what the grades are at the end of the semester so that we can process before the next semester
starts. When changes are made around campus it sometimes impacts financial aid and they need to talk to the
financial aid office before making a change.

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                       Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber
                               of Fleet Street
                               by Patrice Walker, Augusta Technical College

                   If you’ve ever watched a Tim Burton movie — Edward Scissorhands, Ed
                   Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — you’ve
                   probably realized two things about him.

                   He loves Johnny Depp. And, he enjoys the macabre side of life.

                   Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is no exception.
                   Starring Johnny Depp in the title role; Helena Bonham Carter (also
                   Burton’s wife) as Mrs. Lovett; and Alan Rickman as the evil and extremely
                   creepy Judge Turpin, the film blends the two genres of horror and
                   musical flawlessly.

                   The film takes us through Sweeney Todd’s obsession with avenging the
                   death of his wife, the loss of his daughter, and his unjust term in prison,
                   both perpetrated by Judge Turpin. Mrs. Lovett becomes Todd’s partner
                   in crime; his barbering business provides the ideal vehicle for his revenge
                   on the upper echelon of London, while her meat pie shop provides the
                   perfect way to dispose of the evidence.

                   Depp’s remarkably Bowie-esque voice and Carter’s very authentic
                   sounding Cockney accent take you through the progression of what starts
                   off as a simple plan of revenge against one man and ends up an
                   elaborate scheme of revenge against an entire class of people. The
                   ending of the movie has a reveal which is a tragic surprise, but is fitting
                   to the darkness of the film.

                   Although not a movie for the faint of heart (due to the massive amounts
                   of bloodshed and particularly disturbing disposal of ‘evidence’), the
                   musical performances and portrayals of characters are riveting. I can
                   guarantee you will definitely not be bored watching this film.

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                         Diane Cox from Dalton State College writes of the amusing
                         encounters that always seem to happen around the time of

                          A student called to inquire about his financial aid and was told that
                          his application was incomplete. In the course of the conversation
        Coordinated by:
      Nancy Ferguson, UGA about what he needed to do to complete his application, he
   stopped and said "Dude, (he was talking to a female) can I just pay the tuition myself?" as
   if the thought just occurred to him . . .

   A student called in to see why she had not received her financial aid refund yet. She was
   informed that her refund was being held because her professors had reported that she
   was not attending classes. To that, she replied, "But nobody told me I had to attend
   classes to get financial aid!"

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  ACG                    FUNDING                                  NASFAA
  APPLY                  GASFAA                                   NEED
  AWARD                  GRADUATE                                 REVIEW
  BANK                   GRANT                                    SAP
  CHECK                  GSFAPPS                                  SAR
  COLLEGE                HOPE                                     SAT
  COST                   IRS                                      SASFAA
  DEGREE                 ISIR                                     SCHOLARSHIP
  DIPLOMA                LEAP                                     SMART
  EFC                    LENDER                                   SPRING
  FAFSA                  LOANS                                    STAFFORD
  FALL                   MONEY                                    STUDENT
  FEDS                   MOM AND DAD                              TAXES
  FFEL                   PELL                                     USDOE
  FINANCIAL AID OFFICE   PIN                                      VERIFY
  FSEOG                  PLUS                                     WORKSTUDY

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                                                                                            together 1 tablespoon olive oil and 3
                                                                                            tablespoons water. Add 1 tablespoon
                                                                                            rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2
                                                                                            teaspoon garlic powder, Butter Buds®,
                                                                                            salt and pepper. Toss potatoes in
                                                                                            mixture, then place in a single layer on
Submitted by: Ilana Katz, MS, RD, LD                                                        a baking sheet sprayed with Pam®.
                                                                                            Bake 400° for 40-45 minutes or until
                                                            Nutrition Tip                   done. If desired, omit garlic powder,
March is National Nutrition Month. This           Feeling Tired? Try an Apple! Do you       and add 1-2 cloves minced fresh garlic.
means     the      American   Dietetic         find that you often have trouble staying     Like French Fries, only better!
Association focuses attention on the           alert during the day even if you have had
importance of making informed food             a good night's rest? Try munching on                    Fitness Corner
choices and developing sound eating            an apple! Because of the high fiber con-     Researchers who recently reviewed
and physical activity habits.                  tent in apples, the fruit's natural sugars   more than 50 studies of the effects of
                                               are slowly released into the blood           exercise on blood pressure have only
For National Nutrition Month perhaps                                                        one thing to say to those of us who are
                                               stream, helping maintain steady blood
set one realistic, measurable goal. For                                                     dedicated couch potatoes: Get moving.
                                               sugar levels throughout the day. Apples
example, lose six pounds in three                                                           High blood pressure (hypertension) can
                                               and apple juice are two of the best
months. Keep it simple! Set yourself up                                                     damage blood vessels, kidneys, eyes,
                                               sources of the mineral boron, which may
for success!                                                                                and brain. Your blood pressure is too
                                               promote bone health. Apples contain
                                               natural fruit sugars, mostly in the form     high if it's 140/90 or higher.
Plain, microwaved broccoli again? You          of fructose. Apples are a rich source of      Health experts recommend a half-
know vegetables and health go side by          phytonutrient (plant-based) antioxi-         hour to an hour a day of brisk physical
side, so try something new! Try tossing        dants. Apples also have a variety of         activity on most days of the week. If you
in a bit of non-fat or low fat Italian salad   other health benefits that supports the      don't currently have high blood
dressing first for a tangy flavor. While       old adage "An apple a day will keep the      pressure, this amount of exercise will
you're at it, throw in some cauliflower        doctor away!! TIP                            help you avoid it as you get older. It
for color!                                         Recipe Selection of the Season           will also help you avoid type 2
                                                                                            diabetes, heart disease, and weight-
To get your vegetable servings in when                 VERSATILE POTATO
                                                                                            gain. Another excellent way to bring
you're rushed for time, try this: Sauté a      Low fat Scalloped Potatoes? Sure, just
                                                                                            down blood pressure numbers: eat a
some frozen, mixed stir-fry vegetables in      modify the ingredients. Scrape four
                                                                                            low-sodium diet that's rich in fruits,
a bit of chicken broth. When they're           potatoes, then slice very thin.
                                                                                            vegetables, and low-fat dairy.
completely thawed and warm to the
                                               Slice an onion into thin rings.
touch, stir in some prepared, low fat stir-                                                 Lemon Garlic Grilled Salmon
                                               Spray a 9" x 9" glass pan with
fry sauce. Toss until heated through.
                                               Pam®. Layer 1/3 of the potato                Serve with a tossed green salad
This is wonderful over rice or by itself.
                                               slices on the bottom. Top with 1/2
Takes minutes to prepare.
                                               the onion slices. Sprinkle with         4 - 6 oz salmon fillets
                                                                                                                     Per Serve:
Microwave sweet potatoes for a quick,          salt, pepper, and about 1               2 Tbsp lemon juice
                                                                                                                     270 Calories;
nutritious, filling, and tasty option. For     Tablespoon flour. Repeat, then          3 cloves garlic, minced
                                                                                                                     13g Fat
added flavor, after microwaving, slice in      finish with the last 1/3 of the pota-   1 tsp kosher salt
                                                                                                                     2g Sat Fat;
half lengthwise, then drizzle honey over       to slices. Pour about 1/2 C skim        2 Tbsp olive oil
                                                                                                                     34g Protein;
and add a dash of cinnamon and/or nut-         milk over the top. Top with 1/4         1 tsp ground black pepper
                                                                                                                     3g Carb
meg.                                           Cup Low fat or nonfat cheddar           3 tsp cajun seasoning
                                               cheese. Cover with foil and bake
Sauté fresh or frozen snow peas with           about 35-40 minutes at 375°             Mix all marinade ingredients and pour over
fresh sliced mushrooms in chicken                                                      salmon. Marinate for 1 hour. Place fillets
broth. Very colorful, very quick, very low     Baked Potato Slices with
                                                                                       over medium hot coals. Grill on each side for
fat and very delicious.                        Rosemary and Garlic. Slice four
                                                                                       3 to 4 mins.
                                               potatoes into medium-thin
                                               wedges. In a mixing bowl, mix

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                                               Delicious Smoked Salmon Dip                The Best Crab Cakes
                                               This is a quick and easy recipe. I         These crab cakes are easy and
                                               usually serve this on a plate with the     delicious!
                                               crackers surrounding the dip. I like to
                                               use saltines so that you get lots of the   1 1/8 cups crushed saltine crackers
                                               salmon flavor. Definitely a favorite!      1 cup mayonnaise
                                                                                          1 teaspoon brown mustard
                                               8 ounces smoked salmon                     ¼ cup chopped onion
                                               2 cups cream cheese, softened              1 stalk celery, chopped
                                               1 ¼ cups mayonnaise                        1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  or                                      ia   ¾ cup green onions, chopped                1 pound crab meat

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                                               Combine cream cheese and                   Preheat oven on broiler setting.
                                               mayonnaise. Chop smoked salmon             Lightly grease a baking sheet. Mix
                                               into small pieces. Add green onion         together crushed saltine crackers,
                                               and salmon to cream cheese mixture.        mayonnaise, mustard, onion, celery,
                                               Chill and serve with saltines or your      and Old Bay seasoning. Stir in the
                                               favorite cracker.                          crabmeat. Shape into 6 patties. Place
                                                                                          on prepared baking sheet. Broil crab
                                                                                          cakes 8 to 10 minutes on each side, or
                                                                                          until golden brown.

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                                            Heard it through the Grapevine…
                                    The Changes…the Comings…the Goings of our Colleagues:

Promotions and Job                          Truett-McConnell College welcomed           Rick Brooks, AVP, Program
                                            Becky Moore as the new Director of               Administration
Changes…                                    Financial Aid.                              Dr. Phillip Hawkins, VP of GAcollege411
Karen Laverdiere joined The Evans           Melissa Burton joined the Athens
Consulting Group as Senior Consultant       Technical College family in September as    Graduations…..
for Client services. Karen was previously   the Financial Aid Receptionist.
employed with Kennesaw State                                                            Congratulations to Shawn Stamey,
University.                                 Amy Helton was promoted from Financial      Financial Aid Coordinator at Athens
                                            Aid Receptionist to Financial Aid           Technical College, on completing her
Gainesville State College had several       Electronic Data Coordinator at Athens       Master’s of Science in Post-Secondary
changes:                                    Technical College.                          Education from Troy University in
  Vickie Poole was promoted to Financial
                                            The office of Jennifer Luke from American   December.
    Aid Counselor I,
                                            Education Services has relocated to
  Andria Smith was promoted to                                                          Births…..
    Financial Aid Counselor II, and         Panama City Florida.
                                                                                        Sarah Baumhoff, VP of Client Services at
  Erin Parrish and Tracy Connell were       The Georgia Student Finance
                                                                                        the Georgia Student Finance
    hired as Administrative Assistants at   Commission welcomed the following:          Commission, welcomed her second son,
    the Front Desk.                         Bill Spears, Compliance Officer             Andrew, on January 25th.
Gina Repak was promoted to Associate        Josh Dasher, Regional Representative|
Director for Scholarship and Fellowship     Ante Williams, Regional Representative
Fund Management at Georgia Institute of     Linda Attebery, Regional Representative
Technology.                                 Thomas Flythe, Regional Representative

The GASFAA Grapevine                                                                        Volume 10, Issue 2

                Tips for Gearing up for a Busy Summer
                              By Jennifer Maxwell, University of West Georgia
1. Review your prior year calendar or operations          4. Plan ahead as much as possible.
   schedule. Plan ahead to do those things you can        5. It’s important to take care of yourself! Start
   in advance so you can focus on only those things          exercising in April and keep it up through the
   that have to be done during the busy time.                busy summer.
2. Get students motivated to apply for aid early by       6. Drink lots of water.
   calling or e-mailing them and reminding them
   they need to do the new FAFSA. The University of       7. Have plenty of chocolate available for the really
   West Georgia starts calling students in February,         rough days!
   reminding them of their April 1 priority deadline.     8. Plan office events to help motivate each other
   The University of Georgia e-mails students shortly        through the tough times. The University of West
   after January 1 to remind students of their March         Georgia has themed eating days like “salad day”.
   1 priority deadline.                                      Everyone brings their favorite kind of salad and
3. Familiarize yourself with the new forms and               they eat in together.
   regulations before the busy season. Schedule           9. Schedule weekly therapy appointments now!
   training sessions with your staff to ensure they       10.Just remember – it will all be over soon.
   understand the new forms and regulations as well.

                                             U.S. POSTAGE
                                           NIAGARA FALLS, NY
Nancy Ferguson
                                             PERMIT NO. 233
Office of Student Financial Aid
University of Georgia
220 Holmes/Hunter Academic Bldg.
Athens, GA 30602-6114

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