The purpose of OASFAA shall be: to foster and promote the professional preparation, effectiveness, recognition, and association of administrators and counselors of student financial aid in educational institutions beyond high school and individuals in public or private agencies or organizations concerned with student financial aid.
A Letter from your President...
February 9, 2014
The Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) is an all-volunteer organization of dedicated financial aid professionals who collaborate to provide outstanding training and professional development opportunities for our fellow aid administrators. In addition, we reach out to high school counselors, students, and parents to present useful, timely information on applying for and receiving college financial aid. OASFAA is unique in the variety and quality of training opportunities and high school outreach activities offered, as well as our extraordinary collegiality. It is an honor and a privilege to serve this great association as 2014-15 President.
Financial aid administrators play a critical role in helping students and families to overcome financial barriers to college attendance. We bridge the chasm between the offer of admission and the reality of paying for college. As the cost of college rises at a rate that consistently outpaces increases in federal and state student aid funding, the bridge to postsecondary education that we provide feels increasingly narrow, slippery, and unstable. Yet we soldier on, adapting to the ever-changing regulatory landscape while supporting our institutions, which must in turn balance the needs of students, local communities, employers, and staff while managing costs and maintaining focus on institutional missions and values.
OASFAA derives its strength from the dedication and talents of our volunteers, who work tirelessly to fulfill our mission. Volunteer opportunities are numerous and varied, and the rewards of giving back to the organization far outstrip any time or effort invested in service. While we all lead very busy work lives, there are so many ways to contribute. I would encourage all of our members to serve OASFAA in the coming year, whether through moderating a training session, helping to plan the annual conference or other training event, serving as a trainer or mentor, presenting at high school financial aid nights, writing a newsletter article, running for elected office, or in some other capacity. Click on the "Volunteer" link on the left sidebar of the page to let us know how you'd like to be involved!
I am excited to serve OASFAA in the coming year to continue the valuable work of our association.
OASFAA President 2014-15
Lane Community College