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 Pacific. Originally started as the Hawaii Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (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.
GENERAL-23-17 Implementing the 2024-24 FAFSA Process: The U.S. Department of Education's (the Department) office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) published the Better FAFSA Better Future Roadmap (Roadmap), an implementation timeline of resources, guidance, and training materials for students and parents, schools and institutions, and other stakeholders about the redesigned 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA®) form. The redesigned FAFSA form is the most ambitious and significant redesign of the federal student aid application and delivery in decades, and will significantly simplify how students, parents, and other educational stakeholders use the FAFSA form starting this year. The Roadmap outlines the series of resources and tools that will be available over the coming months to individuals who engage with and use the FAFSA form to apply for federal student aid, leading up to the launch of the revamped 2024–25 form, which is on track for December 2023. The Department plans to open the 2025–26 form to applicants on Oct. 1, 2024.
2023-24 Tax Transcript Decoder©: The Tax Transcript Decoder© is a visual guide to assist financial aid administrators with quickly identifying the correct transcript line items needed to complete the verification process. This tool contains a color-coded sample tax return and corresponding tax return transcript. The decoder also includes a sample Form W-2 cross-referenced with a W-2 Wage and Income Statement.
2022-23 Tax Transcript Decoder© : The Tax Transcript Decoder© is a visual guide to assist financial aid administrators with quickly identifying the correct transcript line items needed to complete the verification process. This tool contains a color-coded sample tax return and corresponding tax return transcript. The decoder also includes a sample Form W-2 cross-referenced with a W-2 Wage and Income Statement.
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.
2023 PacFAA Spring
The annual PacFAA Conference provides essential training through relevant sessions to enhance participants' professional development. By attending training with other aid administrators from different types of educational institutions, the conference creates an environment in which participants can increase their professional growth by networking and collaborating with fellow participants.
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.
June 5-9, 2023: WASFAA's Sister Dale Brown Summer Institutite
Financial Aid Administrator
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.