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Summary: Support Counselor Training in Your State

Publication Date: August 4, 2008

Author: Jennifer Douglas, General Manager, Student Aid Awareness and Applicant Services Channel, Federal Student Aid

Summary: Support Counselor Training in Your State


Posted on 08-04-2008


National Training for Counselors and Mentors (NT4CM) planning is currently underway for academic year 2009-10.

NT4CM works with states to help provide free training and support for high school counselors, college access program staff, and mentors who assist students and their families in preparing financially for college. NT4CM is brought to you by the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), and the National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs (NCHELP).

NT4CM participation is voluntary and is intended to supplement, not replace, your state's current high school counselor financial aid training programs. The curriculum is also customizable, and has been designed to be tailored to the training needs of your state. For example, your state may opt to incorporate the FAFSA4caster and ACG modules into an existing curriculum instead of presenting the entire NT4CM program.

How can you help? If your state elects to participate in NT4CM, you and your financial aid staff can support the effort in many ways, such as provide a site for training, volunteer to be a trainer, or offer to be a resource for participants after the training is completed.

The NT4CM pilot program received very positive reviews, and an overwhelming number of participants were extremely pleased with the training sessions. Visit http://www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov/trainers to view a fact sheet, pilot program evaluation summary, and the pilot program curriculum.

If you have questions after visiting this site, please write to nt4cm@ed.gov. To learn if your state will be participating in NT4CM, contact your state financial aid association.

Thank you for your support.

Last Modified: 08/03/2008