Summary: This letter describes a nationwide workshops series for Spring 2000 Reauthorization Training and includes the agenda, registration procedures, and logistical information for these workshops.
SUMMARY: This letter describes a nationwide workshops series for Spring 2000 Reauthorization Training and includes the agenda, registration procedures, and logistical information for these workshops.
SFA University is pleased to announce an upcoming series of one-day, Spring 2000 Reauthorization Training workshops at the Regional Training Facilities (or RTFs) of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and selected postsecondary institutions or hotels. Based on what representatives of the financial aid community recommended, these workshops will focus on key issues resulting from the Education Amendments of 1998 .
1. What is the agenda and curriculum for the workshops?
The agenda will be:
Session 1: Introduction
Session 2: Student Eligibility Issues
Session 3: Return of Title IV Funds (lecture)
Session 3: Return of Title IV Funds (case studies
and demonstration software)
Session 4: Master Promissory Note (for the FFEL and Federal Direct Loan Programs).
2. Who should attend?
We encourage you to attend if you are a Financial Aid Director or staff member at a postsecondary institution participating in the federal student financial aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. In addition, we also welcome other administrators at your school, such as student loan officers and fiscal officers. All attendees should have at least two years of experience administering these programs.
3. How many workshops will be offered and when, where, and how long will they be?
We will offer a total of fifty workshops at the Regional Training Facilities (RTF) between January 26 through May 10, 2000. Each workshop will accommodate up to 75 persons. We will also offer fifty-seven school or hotel workshops beginning February 14 and ending May 19, 2000 within the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Our Website (www.IFAP.ed.gov) lists the locations and dates for all of the RTF workshops and many of the school or hotel workshops. Many of these workshops will accommodate 150 persons, but the others will accommodate less. As we secure additional locations and dates, we will post them to our Website. Please keep checking for additions to the list of sites. The workshops will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end no later than 5:00 p.m. and will include a one hour lunch break as well as two additional fifteen-minute breaks.
4. How can I find directions or maps and information about lodging and parking?
As you register, you will receive maps or directions as part of your registration confirmation
5. How can I register for a workshop?
You may register for this training as early as December 20, 1999 through our On-line Training Registration system. You need an Internet browser version 4.0 or higher.
After you review the workshop schedule in our Website, simply follow these steps:
a. At the end of this letter, click on "Register Now," which will take you to the On-line Training Registration page.
b. Follow the instructions on that page. First, click on "View Training Options." Then click on "Reauthorization Training" and afterwards "View Workshops." Using the drop down screen, locate the Region serving your State and choose the workshop date you wish to attend. Click on the "Register Now" button to the left of your workshop. Note that additional workshop sites will be added, please continue to check back.
c. Follow the instructions that appear on the registration form. First, complete each block on the form, including your e-mail address. You will need an e-mail address to register. If you don't have an e-mail address, you may obtain a temporary one by going to any major Internet search engine and searching for free e-mail. Only one person can use each e-mail address to register. Please note that you need to enter your e-mail address carefully. If it is incorrect, your workshop registration cannot be processed. To ensure that the your registration data, especially your e-mail address is correct, you will be prompted to verify your information before receiving your confirmation. After receiving this information, select "process registration."
d. If you need special accommodation (e.g. sign language interpreter), please specify this accommodation by selecting the applicable box at the end of the registration form.
e. If the workshop you selected is not full, the On-line Registration System will send you an e-mail confirmation for your registration at that workshop. Please save this confirmation in case you wish to cancel your registration. If the workshop is full, the System will ask you to select another workshop. In any event, the System will register you on a first-come, first-served, basis.
f. If you need to cancel your registration, please click on the Internet address at the bottom of your e-mail confirmation. Once you have cancelled that workshop, you may register for another workshop. If that is the case, return to the main On-line Registration page and complete another registration form.
If you are experiencing any difficulty in registering for a workshop, please send an e-mail to SFA internet registration @ed.gov and we will contact you as soon as possible.
This training is free of charge. However, you will need to arrange and pay for your transportation, meals, and lodging. We regret that we cannot arrange to reserve hotel rooms near any workshop site. Also, we advise you to wait until after you get your e-mail workshop confirmation before reserving your lodging.
6. What materials will I receive at my workshop and what will I need to bring to it?
You will receive a copy of the Participant's Guide. In addition, you will be able to download copies of this publication in PDF files from the Training Information page on IFAP after the first RTF workshop begins. However, you should bring one 1-1/2 inch, three-ring binder to hold your Guide and a pocket calculator to perform some of the case study exercises.
We hope your participation in Reauthorization Training will give you the knowledge and skills to implement key Reauthorization provisions at your postsecondary institution. Thank you in advance for your interest in this training offered by SFA University. We look forward to seeing you there!
Anne H. Teresa