Publication Date: November 14, 2016

DCL ID:  ANN-16-18

Subject: FSA Coach - 2016-2017 Basic Training for Domestic Schools

Summary: This letter announces the availability of an update to the FSA Coach training suite. FSA Coach Basic Training, an introductory web-based tutorial on federal student aid program administration, is now available for the 2016-2017 Award Year.

Dear Colleague:

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2016-2017 update to the FSA Coach Basic Training course. FSA Coach provides a suite of interactive courses to train both new and experienced financial aid administrators in the essential knowledge and skills needed to successfully administer the federal student aid programs. The Basic Training course, now updated for the 2016-2017 Award Year, is a comprehensive and self-paced online course that is written at an introductory level.

FSA Coach Basic Training for 2016-2017 offers 38 lessons of training in the fundamentals of federal student aid program administration and provides more than 45 hours of instruction.

All FSA Coach lessons can be completed individually or as a full course, allowing users to tailor the training to their specific needs. In addition, the lessons feature hyperlinks to other Federal Student Aid information and products, interactive exercises, review questions, and quizzes that help learners assess their mastery of the course material.

The updated FSA Coach course is available on the Federal Student Aid E-Training website, located at https://fsatraining.info/login.

To access the training, log in to Federal Student Aid E-Training with your username and password. After logging in, point your cursor to "FSA Coach" on the main menu bar. From the FSA Coach Suite page that appears, choose "Basic Training" to launch the course.

Note: If you do not have a username and password for Federal Student Aid E-Training, select "Create new account" from the home page and follow the instructions to create a username and password.

The training may also be accessed from the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) website at https://ifap.ed.gov/ifap/fsacoach.jsp.

In the coming months, we will announce updates to the Basic Training for Foreign Schools course and the Intermediate Training course. A new Advanced Training course, offering lessons that include a primer for new financial aid directors and how to prepare for a program review, will also be available in the near future.

We hope you enjoy the updated FSA Coach Basic Training course. We welcome your questions or comments in the E-Training Help Center, accessible from the Federal Student Aid E-Training home page.

Sincerely,

John Brooks
Service Director, Operations
Federal Student Aid

   

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