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. 


Creating Pathways for Success & Succession through Staff Development: A competency-based Model

February 22, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 2 PM ET 

Learn how University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is pilot testing AACRAO’s Professional Competencies report as a tool to increase morale, build pathways for staff professional development and support succession planning in the Office of the Registrar. This session will briefly discuss the current landscape of competency-based education and hiring and then detail UMUC’s plans for a competency-based professional development program in the Office of the Registrar. The intent is to share UMUC’s initial plans on using the AACRAO Professional Competencies and provide context and suggestion on how to use the professional competencies in your organization.

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Presenter: Joellen Shendy, Associate Vice Provost and University Registrar, University of Maryland University College

Joellen envisions a 21st Century student record that enhances the traditional transcript. She has worked in higher education serving adult students since 1988. Joellen is a founding member and Past-President of Chesapeake and Potomac Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (CAPACRAO). She is a member of the Competency Based Education Network (CBEN) and an Advisory Board member of Credential Engine. As Associate Vice Provost & Registrar at University of Maryland University College, she focuses on the strategic future of credentialing. She supports student learning via projects that empower students with metacognitive agency to articulate what they know and can do throughout their educational journey.

Presenter: Insiya Bream, Assistant Vice Provost Registrar Strategic Operations, University of Maryland University College

Insiya Bream serves as the Assistant Vice Provost for Registrar Strategic Operations. In this role, she works across the 8 different units represented under the Office of the Registrar to lead department wide initiatives, create communication pathways and drive transparency. Prior to this role, Insiya worked in Strategic Enrollment Management for 10 years in different roles such as as Assistant Vice President for Planning and initiatives, Director of Admissions, and as a Foreign Credentials Evaluator.

Presenter: Patrick Elliott, Senior Associate Registrar, University of Maryland University College

Patrick Elliott has worked for University of Maryland University College for over 11 years, and is currently a Senior Associate Registrar focusing on implementing strategic registrar technology and processes. He serves on the Board of Directors for Postsecondary Education Standards Council (PESC). He is also pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree at Frostburg State University.