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.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.
2021-22 Tax Transcript Decoder: The wait is over — NASFAA's Tax Transcript Decoder, updated for the 2021-22 award year, is now available! This visual guide can help the financial aid office quickly identify the correct tax transcript and tax return line items needed to complete the verification process. The Tax Transcript Decoder contains a color-coded sample 2019 IRS Form 1040 tax return and the corresponding tax return transcript. The Decoder also includes a sample Form W-2 cross-referenced with a W-2 Wage and Tax Statement, and information to help determine whether an individual filed Schedules 1, 2, and/or 3 for 2019.
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.
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.
April 26-30, 2021: The WASFAA 2021 Virtual Conference: Metamorphosis will be held April 26-30, 2021. As the theme suggests, it’s all about changing and adapting and transformation which we all had to do over the past 12 months. As we move forward, we are excited to present to the WASFAA community our first ever virtual conference (hosted on the ON24 platform). As your conference committee continues to work in building the best experience possible, we now need your help.
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.