Counselor Resources

Welcome to the Financial Aid Resource page for high school counselors! The OASFAA Outreach Committee hopes that you'll find the information on these pages useful in your search to make higher education affordable. Send comments or questions about this information to [email protected]

On this page, you'll find:


 

FAFSA Line-by-Line Webinars

Students and families need our help now more than ever to get on and stay on track for their postsecondary plans.  Many students need assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) to help cover college expenses.  OASFAA offered two line-by-line FAFSA training webinars in October 2022. These webinars are built for school counselors, teachers, advisors and other education stakeholders who are willing to provided assistance to a student to get this form completed.  These webinars will offer steps related to establishing an FSA ID, completing the FAFSA, understanding the follow-up steps and identify FAFSA resources available for education professionals and students/families. Please register for one of these webinars.  After the webinar, you will be able to download the webinar slides to become a FAFSA expert so that we can build an army of people who can help our students in this time of great need.  

Financial Aid 201 Webinar 

Financial Aid 201 Webinar - COMING IN MARCH 2023

OASFAA will offer the Financial Aid 201 webinar as we continue to be deep in the financial aid process. Topics covered on this webinar will include the process for submitting financial aid appeals, assisting students with the verification process, helping students understand financial aid offer notifications, the student loan process, financial aid and FAFSA resources and we will cover what the Ohio FAFSA submission rate looks like. Please share this information with your colleagues so that we can help everyone be better prepared to assist students in the financial aid process. Come with your questions and we will get you answers.

High School Counselor Workshops

High School Counselor Workshops-Dates for Fall 2022 Listed Below

OASFAA will offered seven in-person Counselor Workshop and one virtual option in November. These workshops will provide FAFSA updates for the 2023-2024 FAFSA and an extensive preview of what is coming with FAFSA Simplification for the 2024-2025 academic year. We will do a deep dive on definitions for independent students, federal student aid programs, verification, state aid programs, award letter review and resources available to counselors for assisting students and families with the financial aid process. Come join us, network with your colleagues and bring your financial aid questions.

Watch the Virtual Workshop: https://youtu.be/r1Eg8qV9v20 

 

Financial Aid 101 Webinar for Newer Counselors

Financial Aid 101 Webinar -Held on September 27, 2022

This free webinar is for newer High School, Access, TRiO, and AmeriCorps counselors, as well as any brand new admissions or financial aid counselors. If you are in your first several years assisting high school students through the paying for college process, this webinar will provide an overview of the financial aid programs available to students. The steps that students must take in pursuing financial aid their senior year of high school will also be covered. Registration is required to attend this webinar.

Watch the Presentation

Access the Slide Deck - Financial Aid 101 Webinar 

 


 

OACAC Articulation Financial Aid Presentation -  NEW

  The power point used for the 2022 Articulation Workshops is posted here:  OASFAA Articulation Presentation 2023-2024 FINAL.pptx

 

College Access and School Counselors Contact Database - Available Now 

Register for the College Access and School Counselor Contact Database

  • Benefits of signing up for Counselor Database Listserve:
    • Workshop registration information
    • Counselor event announcements and details
    • Training announcements

 


High School Financial Aid Night Presenters - AVAILABLE NOW

  • Request a Financial Aid Night PresenterThe OASFAA Outreach Committee can help facilitate your school's Financial Aid Night by helping to connect you with local financial aid professionals willing to present at your school.
  • If you are in need of a recorded financial aid night presentation, OASFAA will do a generic presentation that you could share with students and parents during a virtual event or share the link on your school website for families to watch. 

Ohio FAFSA Completions Year over Year - AVAILABLE NOW
Click here to see the year over year FAFSA completion percentage, courtesy of our friends at NCAN via their Form Your Future web site.

 

Financial Aid Night Presentation for 2023-2024 Academic Year - AVAILABLE NOW

OASFAA has a recorded version of a financial aid information night. We encourage counselors to share this link with students and families who may be looking for a general financial aid overview. Schools are also welcome to use recording at an information night if no financial aid presenter is available. You will need to use the passcode below when accessing the recording. (FAAs, click here for the slide deck.)

Financial Aid Night Presentation

 Passcode: cK!5i2#e

 


Counselor Resources - AVAILABLE NOW

Planning for College Resources - AVAILABLE NOW

 


 

Publications - AVAILABLE NOW

Feel free to use these publications in your FAFSA completion efforts! If there's something you need that isn't listed below, let us know

 

 Archived Presentations - check out our YouTube channel