Promoting quality administration of financial aid programs in postsecondary institutions across the pacific since 1975!

Welcome to PacFAA

PacFAA (Pacific Financial Aid Association) is a non-profit organization that provides support to financial aid administrators and other agencies involved in the administration of financial aid programs in postsecondary educational institutions across the Pacifc.  Originally started as the Hawaii Association of Student Financial Aid Adminstrators (HAFAA) in 1975, PacFAA has grown to approximately 120 members with representation from Hawaii, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, American Samoa, Marshall Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas.

The mission of PacFAA is to promote and provide quality administration of financial aid programs in postsecondary institutions in the Pacific. In addition, it strives to ensure the availability of an ethical, equitable, and accessible financial aid delivery system for students attending public, private, technical and proprietary colleges and universities in the Pacific. PacFAA also provides professional development opportunities to financial aid administrators, high school counselors, and office professional staff.

Department of Education Confirms Prior Guidance on Release of FAFSA Information: The Department of Education's (ED) Privacy and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has confirmed verbally to NASFAA its prior guidance that FAFSA data cannot be released by the institution unless the release is for one of the specific purposes permitted by law, even with the student's written authorization. (

Changes to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool Process for the 2018-19 FAFSA(R) Form: Detailed guidance regarding the solution and its impact on the important work done by postsecondary institutions. (

PacFAA Needs You! As a strictly volunteer organization, the vitality and overall success of PacFAA is dependent upon the willingness of its members to serve the organization. Your participation benefits your colleagues, students and parents, as well as providing an opportunity for personal and professional development. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our Volunteer Form.

2018 PacFAA Spring Conference
March 27-28, 2018

Spring Conference is a unique training and professional development opportunity that will equip Financial Aid Administrators with the tools necessary to better serve students and families. The Conference Committee is hard at work planning next year's conference - more details to come! Please visit the Spring Conference webpage for further information.

WASFAA Training Opportunities

PacFAA is pleased to share with you the Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA) Training Opportunities. Please visit the WASFAA Training  page for further information.

Upcoming Events:

April 22-24, 2018: WASFAA Annual Conference at the Grove Hotel in beautiful Boise, ID.

Financial Aid Administrator
Web Based Training

We are pleased to share web based training opportunities for financial aid administrators provided by our industry partners. Topics range from verification, satisfactory academic progress, helping students manage debt and repayment, professional judgment, and personal/professional development. These training and informational sessions are available to you free of charge.

Please visit the Training page for more information. 

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