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.
Changes to 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 Verification Requirements: Detailed guidance regarding acceptable documentation to verify tax and income information for tax filers and supplements the guidance regarding the requirement to obtain verification of nonfiling. (https://ifap.ed.gov/eannouncements/010919Chngsto1819and1920VerificationReq.html)
2019-20 Tax Transcript Decoder©: PacFAA is pleased to pass along CASFAA's news announcing the ever popular "Tax Transcript Decoder©" courtesy of our esteemed colleague and lifetime member of CASFAA Cheryl Foster-Hunt. The tax transcript decoder assists financial aid administrators with completing the verification process for 2019-2020. This publication includes sample 2017 tax returns - Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A and Form 1040 - and related tax transcripts. In addition to these cross-referenced documents, the publication also includes appendix items helpful in the process of verification. Please feel free to share this useful tool with other schools.
2020-21 Tax Transcript Decoder©: 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 color-coded sample tax returns and corresponding tax return transcripts for each return.
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.
2020 PacFAA Spring Conference
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.
PacFAA Conference will be half-day, following the Western Association for Student Aid Administrators (WASFAA) Conference that will be held on April 6-8, 2020. To register for the WASFAA Conference, visit their web page at https://www.viethconsulting.com/members/evr/reg_event.php?orgcode=WASF&evid=22372055
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.
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.