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. 


Updates to Secondary Education in the UK: GCSEs and A-Levels

May 16, 2019

Free webinar

In the United Kingdom, both the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and A-Levels have recently been reformed, and a new grading system has been brought in for GCSEs. Participants will learn about the old and new grading systems, as well as receive background information on the nature of the reforms.

Look at exam boards and how they assess students at each level of education; learn about the ‘Sixth Form,’ A-Level performance and subject choice, and how this relates to university admissions; and examine some of the differences across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales (there isn’t just one UK system).

Time: 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM ET


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LesLee Clauson Eicher
Associate Director
AACRAO International

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LesLee Clauson Eicher started her career evaluating international credentials as a graduate student in German Philology at a large state university, and has been in in the field ever since. In her current job at AACRAO, she splits her time between evaluating international credentials and providing training in credential evaluation. In 2018, LesLee stepped into volunteer leadership as president of TAICEP, The Association for International Credential Evaluation Professionals.


Collette Stirzaker
Head of Individual Services Group
UK NARIC (The National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom)

Collette Stirzaker

Collette Stirzaker heads up UK NARIC’s Individual Services Group, working closely with the UK Department for Education and the Home Office to provide information on overseas qualifications. Prior to working at UK NARIC, Collette was a teacher, running languages departments in both state and private schools in England, as well as working as a Sixth Form tutor. Delivering training sessions is one of the aspects of Collette’s current role which she most enjoys. Collette graduated with a first-class degree in Spanish and Catalan from the University of Sheffield.