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.
2021-22 Tax Transcript Decoder©: A visual guide to assist financial aid administrators with quickly identifying the correct transcript line items needed to complete the verification process. This tool contains color-coded sample tax returns and corresponding tax return transcripts for each return.
2020-21 Tax Transcript Decoder©: A visual guide to assist financial aid administrators with quickly identifying the correct transcript line items needed to complete the verification process. This tool contains color-coded sample tax returns and corresponding tax return transcripts for each return.
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.
PacFAA Fall Training
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.
June 7-11, 2021: Sister Dale Brown Summer Institute. Join us for an extremely interactive virtual learning experience to discover the financial aid administrator you were meant to be. While honoring the memory of Sister Dale Brown, our summer institute will not only walk you through the intricacies of Student Financial Aid but also take you on an internal journey to become a more prepared professional. Through individual, self-paced learning and small-group interactive workshops with WASFAA faculty you will discover the skills you need to be successful in your career. Registration is open now!
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.