Log On Now to RMASFAA’s New Website

All RMASFAA members should have received an email on the afternoon of Thursday December 5 from webmaster@rmasfaa.org.  This email would have given you a temporary username and password for our new website at www.rmasfaa.org.  If you do not recall receiving this email, please check your junk mail.  Even better, you may want to add the @rmasfaa.org domain to your Safe Senders list in Outlook so that you don’t miss any emails from RMASFAA.  Here are some instructions on how to do that.

  1. In Outlook, go to the Home tab.
  2. Click the Junk button.
  3. Choose “Junk E-Mail Options” from the drop-down list.
  4. Go to the Safe Senders tab.
  5. Click Add…
  6. Type in either the email address or the domain name you wish to add.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click Apply.

The email directed you on how to log in, change your username/password, review your profile, and upload a photo.  I hope you’ll be able to do those things so we have our database as updated as possible!

Please also take a moment to browse the website, both through the website menu and by logging in by clicking the maroon Member Log In button on the home page and exploring the member menu.

Members have access to search the directory, view the calendar of events, and submit and view job postings.  You can do all of those things once you’re logged in and viewing the Member Menu.

Stay tuned for updates here on the blog as we roll out additional functionality.  And please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or problems.


Sara Vancil
EIC Chair

New RMASFAA Website

RMASFAA’s new website at https://rmasfaa.org/ is now live.  The Electronic Initiatives Committee asks for your patience as we get all the functions of the site up and running!  All members will be contacted in December with instructions on how to get your membership profile set up so you can access features such as the membership directory, job postings, listserv and eventually event registration.  Primary members will also be contacted soon about renewing your membership for 2020.  If you are having trouble seeing the new site, please clear your browser cache.  Please let me know if you have questions!

Sara Vancil
EIC Chair


Thank you for the opportunity to serve as the 2018/2019 Chair of Association News. It was a great experience and I feel lucky to be involved with such a wonderful board. The Association News Committee was full of excellent people and great to work with as well!

Please remember to say yes when you’re asked to volunteer. Jump in with both feet, don’t be scared to take a stab at it! It can open doors and further opportunities, you just never know!!

Thank you!

Brenda Haseman

NWCCD – Sheridan, Gillette, & Sheridan College – Johnson County, Wyoming


Last minute RMASFAA Conference Reminders!!

  • First Time Attendee Reception on Sunday, 10/20 from 3pm to 4pm has been moved to Skybridge 1.


  •  Philanthropy Project: CASA fundraiser will be 50/50, so bring your cash for a chance to bring home half!

    CASA of Yellowstone County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advocate for a safe and permanent home for abused and neglected children in Yellowstone County. This is accomplished through the work of volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), appointed by a judge to represent a child or group of siblings in foster care and speak up for the children’s best interests. Funds raised help train and support volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect. If you would like to donate prior to the RMASFAA conference please go on-line at https://www.yellowstonecasa.org/


  •  Don’t forget to stop by the Ballroom on Sunday, 10/20 at 4:30pm for State, Board, Leadership Pipeline, and Exhibitor/Sponsor photos!


  •  Yoga will be available Monday – Wednesday from 6am – 7am in Conference Room 4. Mats will be provided. Please sign up at Registration Desk.


  •  Not wanting to “go out” Monday – We have an option for you! Sip & Paint from 6pm – 7pm in the Ballroom. Please sign up at Registration Desk.


  •  Bookmark the conference mobile site on your favorite device for easy access during the conference. The direct link is https://www.rmasfaa.org/m/


  •  Flying into Billings and need the Hotel Shuttle? Contact the hotel at 1-406-252-7400 when you arrive for the free shuttle service from the airport.



  • Parking is free and will be validated by the hotel!



See you in Billings!406



Bigger Can Be Better When It Comes To Default Management Services

Group buying has gained in popularity as a way for individual people or companies to reap the benefits of power in numbers. Known as “economies of scale”, some advantages include more purchasing power, lower costs, and reduced administrative workload. If you’ve ever wondered if group buying could work in higher-ed—specifically with default management services—keep reading. It’s an interesting thought we’ve explored.

Each year, millions of students rely on student loans. While many successfully repay them, others struggle and default, experiencing serious consequences. As schools are being held increasingly accountable for student success, finding innovative and cost-effective solutions remains on the to-do list for higher-ed leaders.

Taking Advantage of Group Buying Through Affiliation

The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) has more than 300,000 individuals who annually access their 16 technical colleges. While programs are affordable, many students rely on loans to help finance their education and cover living expenses. When student need to repay their loans, the schools want to provide extra help to those who need it.

In late 2017, WTCS leadership discussed this need. But with tight budgets and limited resources, they needed a creative way to serve their students and reduce Cohort Default Rates (CDRs). They explored group buying. Individual campuses were offered the chance to evaluate and purchase default management services as part of a larger entity.

WTCS wanted their schools to maintain autonomy in choosing which services to use (e.g., financial wellness tools, default prevention or loan rehabilitation services, etc). But they also wanted schools to reap the benefits of group buying. In total 13 of the 16 schools computer2participated. The positive, and significant, outcomes achieved (in < 12 months) are explored in a case study.

Group Buying Benefits

Multi-campus benefits can include:

  • Cost effectiveness.Service providers’ fixed expenses become proportionally smaller with higher volumes, providing an opportunity to offer services at a proportionally lower fee.
  • Measurable reduction in administrative time. One collective body goes through the purchase process to consider an offer. Instead of creating, scoring, and evaluating multiple RFPs or default prevention presentations, there’s one team to collaborate and share responsibility.percent
  • Contract coordination.A unified group with similar legal requirements makes the oversight of establishing or evaluating a contract easier. From the vendor’s side, the ability to execute one verses multiple contracts brings positive financial gains, which subsequently benefits schools, too.

Make It Easier to Find a Default Prevention Company

6 Steps to Choosing A Default Prevention Partner
Checklist to Compare Default Prevention Providers

Ways for Single Schools to Band Together

If you’re not part of a large school system there are ways to connect with an existing buying group or create your own.

  • Reach out to schools in your state or region.
  • Post on your favorite listserv.
  • Make connections through state associations.
  • Engage your state leadership to uncover interest in pursuing a state-based solution.

We discovered that group buying isn’t just for retailers and hospitals. There’s solid opportunity for the higher-ed industry to save time and money and grow their buying power.

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