Training

College Affordability Training

uAspire trains school counselors and college access providers to support students through the financial aid process. Our online and in-person professional learning builds practitioners' knowledge and skills to guide their students through FAFSA completion, Student Aid Report review, verification, and beyond. Available nationwide, we trained over 1,900 counselors in 22 states last year, including Texas, Connecticut, Washington, Michigan and North Carolina.

Our Courses

Each course gives you access to uAspire’s expertise from over 30 years of student advising and indispensable tools to use immediately with students and families. 

Develop your skills and knowledge of the college affordability timeline and financial aid, with a student-centered approach. Learn to take inventories of students’ financial situations and specific needs.

You'll be able to:

  • Explain the different types of financial aid and how to apply
  • Identify the characteristics of a financial safety school
  • Assess a student’s financial aid needs based on their college list and family circumstances

Master this crucial financial aid form by practicing complex scenarios, learning to complete the financial section with confidence, and gaining best practices for working with special student populations.

You'll be able to:

  • Determine whether a student is considered independent or dependent, and whom to report as the parent(s)
  • Complete the financial sections for different family financial situations
  • Identify key resources to support accurate FAFSA completion

Determine a student’s CSS Profile requirements based on their
college list and family circumstances, answer tricky questions
accurately, and explain follow-up steps.

Navigate students through the many steps and common  challenges of FAFSA follow-up, including Student Aid Report (SAR) review and the confusing, often burdensome, verification process.

You'll be able to:

  • Explain the difference between FAFSA submission and FAFSA completion
  • Identify and troubleshoot the most common SAR notifications
  • Name best practices for helping students complete the verification process

Help students accurately compare college costs and make an informed college choice by analyzing their financial aid offers. Practice using uAspire’s College Cost Calculator with real aid offers and student case studies.

You'll be able to:

  • Identify ways aid offers can be confusing and even misleading
  • Define and explain aid offer jargon in student-friendly terms
  • Respond to difficult scenarios that may arise for students during aid offer review
  • Use the College Cost Calculator to accurately compare college costs

Reduce “summer melt” by supporting students with the many financial aid activities they must complete over the summer to successfully transition to college.

Support college students with FAFSA renewal, bill payment, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in relation to financial aid eligibility, and knowing their overall student debt and loan payment options.

Interested in training for your school district or organization? Contact us to discuss customized training opportunities, including in-person workshops.

Our Results

In 2019-20, we trained 1,924 college access professionals, reaching  519,480 students nationwide. 

Training Partners

Together, we’re dramatically expanding opportunity, achievement, and success for students.

  • Achieve Atlanta
  • Beyond 12
  • The Bronx Institute at Lehman College
  • cafécollege Houston
  • CALSOAP Los Angeles
  • College Advising Corps
  • CollegePoint
  • College Possible
  • College Track
  • The Commit Partnership
  • EMERGE
  • Gear Up 4 LA
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools
  • Harmony Public Schools
  • KIPP Colorado
  • Michigan College Access Network
  • Michigan College Advising Corps
  • Michigan Works! Association
  • Richland School District Two
  • The RISE Network
  • Rivet School
  • Student Leadership Network
  • Success Academy Charter Schools
  • Suffield Academy
  • Texas College Access Network
  • University of Washington GEAR UP
  • YES Prep Public Schools

What our training participants say about us:

"uAspire has given our dedicated professionals the knowledge and skills to deliver exceptional financial aid counseling to our students." —Conan Viernes, UW Gear Up

 

 

Online Learning

uAspire offers live, interactive webinars designed to fit your needs and schedule. Each expert-led webinar is designed to increase skills, knowledge, and confidence with college affordability so you can effectively support students to access financial aid.

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Contact Us

Questions about your webinar or registration? We’re here to help! Email training@uaspire.org.

To discuss how uAspire can meet your professional development needs and improve student outcomes, please contact us.