Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Financial Aid PAG blog. I am hoping to use this venue as a way to communicate thoughts, actions and ideas from the FA PAG.
One of the rapidly approaching changes to the Financial Aid landscape is the impending leap from FFELP to Direct Lending. For many of us, this is an enormous transition, for both the business processes that drive student lending, as well as how we integrate these processes into Campus Solutions.
Our community is fortunate to have several schools that have already moved down this path. They have been very generous in sharing experiences, lessons learned and documentation. The FA PAG feels this information is critical to the success of other schools looking out to the Direct Lending change. As a way to promote the dissemination of this information, we’d like to let you know about two upcoming webinars on the DL Transition. Scott Cho, of Higher Technology Solutions will be presenting a webinar titled “Moving from FFELP to Direct Lending” on October 16 via HEUG.org. To register, go to: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/325030505 .
And the Department of Education is also coordinating a set of webinars to allow vendors and/or expert users to present on Direct Lending in particular software environments. The date for this webinar has not been set, but please watch for further information on this blog, or the PS FA HEUG Listserv.
Finally, Rhonda Kilgore, (Oracle Campus Solutions, Product Strategy) will be attending the upcoming FSA Conference in Nashville. She will be hosting an informal Oracle Financial Aid User group ‘gathering’. We would like to invite anyone attending the conference to attend this gathering, and use the time there to discuss issues of interest to your school.
Stay posted for further information.
Tom Johnson, FA PAG Chair