College Affordability Training

uAspire trains school counselors and college access providers to support students through the financial aid process. Affordability is the biggest hurdle for many students pursuing a college degree and the financial aid process can be overwhelming. Our online and in-person professional learning builds your knowledge and skills so you can effectively support students through every step.

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

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 make an informed college choice by effectively analyzing their financial aid award letters. Practice using the uAspire Award Letter Analyzer with real award letters and student case studies.

You'll be able to:

  • Use the uAspire Award Letter Analyzer to accurately compare college costs
  • Identify the ways that award letters can be misleading
  • Respond to sensitive or difficult student scenarios that may arise from award letter review

Reduce “summer melt” and dropping out by supporting  students with critical financial aid activities during the summer and onto campus, so they can successfully matriculate, persist, and graduate.

You'll be able to:

  • Identify the steps students must take to matriculate and maintain and renew their financial aid
  • Identify risk factors for violating Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Troubleshoot common financial issues that prevent students from persisting

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

Our Results

In 2016-17, we trained 2,800 college access professionals in 26 states who reached over 400,000 students. 

Our list of 40 school district and nonprofit training partners includes:

  • Achievement First Public Charter Schools
  • Broward County Public Schools
  • College Advising Corps
  • College Track
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Houston Independent School District
  • iMentor
  • KIPP Foundation
  • Uncommon Schools
  • University of Washington Gear Up

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



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