2017 - 2018 FAFSA

(Early FAFSA/Prior Prior Year)

The 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) season will begin earlier than previous FAFSA application cycles

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Beginning on Oct. 1, 2016, students will be able to fill out the FAFSA for the 2017–18 school year. (In the past, they had to wait until January 1). In addition, applicants will no longer need to estimate income and tax information and will be able to retrieve their data directly from the IRS, right from the first day the FAFSA is available. Students also will have information about their Expected Family Contributions earlier, helping them as they’re going through the college application and selection process. 


Federal Financial Aid Regulations and the Academic Record

March 3, 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Federal legislation regarding higher education, and particularly financial aid, has had a significant effect on institutional business processes and student services. These mounting compliance requirements impact many departments including student records. Panelists will discuss what this means for institutions and underscore the importance of building strong collaborative relationships between registrar and the financial aid offices on campuses. An interactive discussion on current compliance topics will be the focus of this webinar. It will also give participants an opportunity to provide input into other topics they would like to see covered at a similar workshop being presented at the upcoming annual AACRAO meeting.


Presenter: Kristi Wold-McCormick, Registrar, University of Colorado Boulder

Kristi Wold-McCormick has been registrar at the University of Colorado Boulder since June 2014. In her leadership role, Kristi focuses on student privacy, data security and stewardship, academic policy, scheduling, student academic services, academic record exchange and access, staff development, collaboration and communication. She serves on numerous campus and university system initiatives and committees focusing on academic and space planning, system upgrades and integrations, policy development and data management. Prior to her role at Colorado, Kristi served as registrar of North Dakota State University (Fargo) for 12 years. She also worked and held leadership positions in the field of admissions and enrollment services before becoming a registrar. Kristi is professionally involved at the state, regional and national levels. She has served on the Nominations and Elections Committee for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, was chair for an AACRAO Professional Activities Committee and recently was named to the Program Committee. At the regional level, she is a past president of the Upper Midwest Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (UMACRAO), and currently is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (RMACRAO). Kristi has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from North Dakota State University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota. 

Presenter: James Kennedy, Associate Vice President for University Student Services (USSS), Indiana University 

James Kennedy is the Associate Vice President for University Student Services and Systems (USSS) at Indiana University. Jim’s responsibilities include functional oversight of the student information system for admissions, student records, financial aid, and veteran’s affairs. He is responsible for institution-wide operations in the areas of reporting, operational support, and internal controls and is project manager for the Indiana University Shared Services Initiative.  Jim is also the University Director of Financial Aid working with all seven IU campuses on financial aid systems, business process, training, and compliance issues. His background includes over 28 years of higher education experience in student financials, financial aid, and student systems.  Before coming to Indiana University in February 2006, he performed leadership roles in student services at North Dakota State University, The University of Minnesota, and Emory University.  Jim has a bachelor of business administration from North Dakota State University and a Master’s degree in student affairs and higher education from Indiana State University. 

Moderator: Loralyn Taylor, Ph.D., Director of Analytics for University Student Success Initiatives, Ohio University

For 10 years as director of institutional research and registrar, Loralyn focused on increasing the institutional effectiveness of Paul Smith’s College.  She helped design and implement the college’s highly successful Comprehensive Student Support Program, winner of the 2015 University Business Inaugural Models of Excellence Program, the 2013 Lee Noel, Randi Levitz Retention Excellence Award and the Starfish 360 Student Success Award.  Demonstrating improved student success through increases in percentage of students in good academic standing, increased graduation rates and generating over $6 million in increased student revenue due to improved retention in five years, the PSC program includes both proactive and reactive early alert strategies, the targeted use of data analytics and is assessed by multiple key performance indicators. Now at Ohio University, Dr.Taylor is responsible for promoting and promulgating best-practices in student success through the use of data analytics, innovative technologies and change management.