Greetings to our RMASFAA friends from Wyoming! Unlike the bears who live in our state, we have not spent the winter hibernating. Then again, there’s no such thing as a sleepy season for anyone in the Financial Aid world.
Our WyASFAA President, Joanna Carter, Director of Student Financial Aid at the University of Wyoming, reports that the High School Counselors Workshop held last November was a resounding success. Not only do we strive to keep our high school counselors informed about the latest changes, we also hope to inspire. One of the most exciting initiatives this year comes from First Lady Michelle Obama. The FAFSA Completion Challenge. High Schools who accept the challenge must submit a 3-5 minute video showing how their school is encouraging students to complete the FAFSA. The school with the winning video could win a visit from the First Lady to their commencement ceremony! If you’ve missed this, there’s still time to spread the word to high schools. Details can be found at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/reach-higher/fafsa-commencement
In other news, details are being finalized for our state conference! This year’s theme is “Don’t Gamble with the Regs. Come to WyASFAA 2015”. Timely, fun, and exciting topics will be presented. The conference will be held April 23-24 in beautiful Riverton, Wyoming at the Wind River Hotel and Casino. If sometimes the regs don’t seem inspirational (did I say that?), the views in Wyoming are guaranteed to.
So while we’re busy gearing up for State Association elections, refining our packaging parameters, and looking forward to another year, there hasn’t been time for a winter’s nap! We hope the New Year brings only wonderful things for all of our Financial Aid peeps!
Association News Committee Member, Wyoming