PacFAA (Pacific Financial Aid Association) is a non-profit organization that provides support to financial aid administrators and other agencies involved in the administration of financial aid programs in postsecondary educational institutions across the Pacifc. Originally started as the Hawaii Association of Student Financial Aid Adminstrators (HAFAA) in 1975, PacFAA has grown to approximately 120 members with representation from Hawaii, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, American Samoa, Marshall Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas.
The mission of PacFAA is to promote and provide quality administration of financial aid programs in postsecondary institutions in the Pacific. In addition, it strives to ensure the availability of an ethical, equitable, and accessible financial aid delivery system for students attending public, private, technical and proprietary colleges and universities in the Pacific. PacFAA also provides professional development opportunities to financial aid administrators, high school counselors, and office professional staff.
Status of the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT): To address both privacy and security concerns related to the IRS DRT, the IRS and Federal Student Aid (FSA) have agreed to implement a solution that will reinstate the use of the IRS DRT beginning with the 2018–19 FAFSA cycle. (https://ifap.ed.gov/eannouncements/050317StatusoftheFAFSAIRSDataRetrievalTool.html)
GEN-17-04: Changes to 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Verification Requirements: In response to concerns about the impact of the suspension of the IRS DRT on students and families who have been selected for verification of their FAFSA/ISIR information, the Department of Education is providing institutions with flexibilities they may choose to use as part of their verification procedures. These flexibilities begin immediately and apply to both the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 FAFSA processing and verification cycles. (https://ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/GEN1704.html)
PacFAA Needs You! As a strictly volunteer organization, the vitality and overall success of PacFAA is dependent upon the willingness of its members to serve the organization. Your participation benefits your colleagues, students and parents, as well as providing an opportunity for personal and professional development. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our Volunteer Form.
2017 PacFAA Fall Training
Fall Training provides essential training through relevant sessions to enhance the participants' professional development. Training will be held on September 21, 2017 at Windward Community College. Details coming soon! Please visit the PacFAA Training webpage for further information.
2017 High School Counselor Workshop
The High School Counselor Workshop provides school counselors with the information they need to help students prepare for college and career success. Details coming soon! Please visit the High School Counselor Training webpage for further information.
2018 PacFAA Spring Conference
Spring Conference is a unique training and professional development opportunity that will equip Financial Aid Administrators with the tools necessary to better serve students and families. The Conference Committee is hard at work planning next year's conference - more details to come! Please visit the Annual Conference webpage for further information.
WASFAA Training Opportunities
PacFAA is pleased to share with you the Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA) Training Opportunities. Please visit the WASFAA Training page for further information.
November 7-9, 2017: Jerry R. Sims Management & Leadership Institute.
April 22-24, 2018: WASFAA Annual Conference at the Grove Hotel in beautiful Boise, ID.
Financial Aid Administrator
We are pleased to share web based training opportunities for financial aid administrators provided by our industry partners. Topics range from verification, satisfactory academic progress, helping students manage debt and repayment, professional judgment, and personal/professional development. These training and informational sessions are available to you free of charge.
Please visit the Training page for more information.