Live Internet Webinars - Wednesday Webinar Series, Winter-Spring 2023

Dear Colleague:

We are pleased to announce an additional set of webinars in our Wednesday Webinar Series, a series of live, two-hour webinars which cover a variety of topics related to the Title IV programs. The webinars provide the most recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) and the office of Federal Student Aid, including statutory and regulatory updates. Operational information and reminders are also shared. Participants are encouraged to ask questions by typing them into the chat during the webinar and a live Q&A session follows each presentation.

Federal Student Aid staff will present the next set of webinars in this series in January–May 2023. More webinars that address topics of interest to the financial aid community will be announced in the future.

You do not need to register for these webinars. Participation will be available on a first come, first-served basis and we can accommodate up to 10,000 attendees in each session.

Refer to the sections below for more information about each webinar, including instructions to add reminders to your calendar for the sessions that you would like to attend.

Wednesday Webinar Series Schedule and Links, Winter–Spring 2023

All sessions are scheduled for 1–3 p.m. Eastern time (ET). There may be a difference between your local time and Eastern time. To determine local time and its Eastern time zone equivalent, go to time.gov.

See below for complete details about each webinar, including the link to join on the day of the event.

Administering Disbursements

Date/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, 1–3 p.m. ET

Join us as we discuss how to properly administer various types of Title IV disbursements, including early, late, post-withdrawal, and retroactive disbursements. This webinar also includes a brief discussion of G5 drawdowns, G5 and Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System interactions, timely and accurate system reporting, and real-world scenarios.

Link to Join Webinar:

Microsoft Teams Link for Administering Disbursements Webinar, Jan. 11, 2023

Pell Grant Recalculations for Modules

Date/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, 1–3 p.m. ET

Come explore modules at a more advanced level, including scenarios and examples! Specifically, this webinar will focus on mandatory and optional Federal Pell Grant recalculations and how classes offered in modules can impact those recalculations.

Link to Join Webinar:

Microsoft Teams Link for Pell Grant Recalculations for Modules Webinar, Feb. 8, 2023

Verification 2022–23 and 2023–24

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 1–3 p.m. ET

We will discuss the verification requirements for the 2023–24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA┬«) cycle, including guidance related to the COVID-19 flexibilities. We will also briefly review verification information related to the 2022–23 FAFSA cycle.

Link to Join Webinar:

Microsoft Teams Link for Verification 2022-23 and 2023-24 Webinar, March 15, 2023

Federal Update

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 1–3 p.m. ET

This webinar will discuss recent guidance from the Department and Federal Student Aid, including statutory and regulatory updates related to the Title IV programs.

Link to Join Webinar:

Microsoft Teams Link for Federal Update Webinar, April 5, 2023

SAP Essentials

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 1–3 p.m. ET

Schools must assess whether students are making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). This webinar is for clock- and credit-hour programs. We will cover how to correctly evaluate SAP and provide answers to frequently asked questions. Attendees will receive an explanation of key concepts such as qualitative and quantitative (pace) measurements, maximum time frame, warning and probation periods, appeals, and academic plans.

Link to Join Webinar:

Microsoft Teams Link for SAP Essentials May 24, 2023

Adding a Webinar Invitation to Your Calendar

To add an iCalendar invitation to your calendar now, to remind you of the webinar details, follow the instructions below:

  1. Log into the FSA Training Center (fsatraining.ed.gov).

    Note: If you do not have a username and password for the FSA Training Center, click on "Create new account" at the bottom of the login page and follow the instructions to create a username and password.

  2. Select the “Upcoming Webinars” icon on the home page.

  3. Locate a webinar in the table and select the iCalendar file to download and save the invitation to your calendar. The invitation includes the webinar link. If Outlook is not your default calendar, you may download the iCalendar (.ics) file and then upload it to your system calendar. The table on the Upcoming Webinars page also includes a link to the webinar.

Additional Webinar Resources: Handouts, Recordings, and Q&A Transcripts

A PDF handout will be available for download the day before the live webinar in the “Upcoming Webinars” section of the FSA Training Center. Leave behinds, if any, will also be available for download. Once you log in, select the “Upcoming Webinars” icon on the home page and locate the webinar in the table to download the presentation materials.

A recording of the webinar will be posted the day after the live webinar in the “Recorded Training” section of the FSA Training Center. Once you log in, go to “Recorded Training” on the main menu bar, select “Training Videos,” and locate the recording in the appropriate category.

A transcript of the Q&A session will be posted in the same location as the recorded webinar early the following week of the live webinar.

We look forward to your participation in this webinar series. If you have questions, please contact us at helpdesk.fsatraining@ed.gov.

Sincerely,

Federal Student Aid

Federal Student Aid Training Conference 2022

We would like to thank our partners in the financial aid community for participating last week in the 2022 Virtual Federal Student Aid Training Conference! With over 18,000 registered for the four-day training conference, engagement and collaboration with our partners once again ensured success. We were pleased to have the opportunity to share important and timely information with you, including keynote addresses from U.S. Department of Education leadership, five general sessions, one foreign school session, and 22 breakout sessions covering the latest in financial aid policy, COVID-19 related impacts, and operational updates.

If you were unable to attend a session or would like to review a session, the opportunity to continue learning is available with on-demand access to the conference programming. Visit the 2022 Virtual FSA Training Conference Event Platform (https://2022fsatc.us.chime.live) and navigate to the “On-Demand” page from the main menu. All sessions will be available for on-demand viewing until March 3, 2023.

To make the most of your on-demand viewing, we highlight the following:

  • As a reminder, use Google Chrome for the best experience with the conference platform.

  • For sessions that included a live Q&A, a transcript of the Q&A will be available with the on-demand video.

  • A certificate of completion is available after you view a live or on-demand session and complete the session evaluation. The certificate is cumulative, meaning each time you view a session and complete the evaluation, the certificate will list all sessions that you have viewed to that point. Since all sessions are listed on one certificate, you do not need to print the certificate each time you complete a session evaluation. You can wait until after you have viewed all sessions and print (or save to a PDF) your certificate then. For more information, see the Certificate FAQs. Certificates are only available for sessions viewed on the platform (available until March 3, 2023).

  • PowerPoint presentations are available for download from the FSA Conferences website.

  • Finally, if you did not register for the conference but would like to access the on-demand presentations, you will need to register first. After completing the simple registration process, you will receive an email from mobilesolutions@chime.live. This email contains the information you need to access the on-demand sessions on the conference platform.

Thank you once again for joining us in a virtual environment. Please look for an email from mobilesolutions@chime.live requesting your feedback about the 2022 Virtual FSA Training Conference. If you haven’t responded already, please take a moment to complete this important conference evaluation. Your unique insight is always a critical factor in our future planning.

Speaking of the future, our planning is underway for the 2023 FSA Training Conference. We look forward to sharing our 2023 plans with you in the coming months.

Contact Information

The FAQs, available on the FSA Conferences website, provide answers to many common questions.

If you have questions about your log-in credentials or the virtual event platform, email supportcenter-chime@encore-us.zendesk.com. Customer service is available from 7 a.m.–8 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

If you have questions about registration, email fsatc@prereg.net or call 678-341-3048. Customer service is available from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

If you have general questions about the 2022 Virtual Federal Student Aid Training Conference, contact us at FSAConferences@ed.gov.

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