Publication Date: January 5, 2017

DCL ID:  ANN-17-01

Subject: FSA Coach - 2016-2017 Intermediate Training Course

Summary: This letter announces the availability of a new FSA Coach course for 2016-2017. The Intermediate Training course is designed for more experienced financial aid administrators and includes a closer look at packaging awards, Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4), Direct Subsidized Loan interest benefits, monitoring Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU), resolving Unusual Enrollment History flags, and administering federal student aid in nonstandard terms.

Dear Colleague:

We are pleased to announce the availability of an updated course within the FSA Coach training suite. The Intermediate Training course, now updated for the 2016-2017 Award Year, offers a self-paced, interactive training opportunity for more experienced financial aid administrators. It complements the Basic Training course for 2016-2017 (announced in Dear Colleague Letter ANN-16-18).

The 2016-2017 Intermediate Training course offers training in these specific areas of interest:

  • Beyond the Basics of Packaging: Awarding for Summer Sessions and Modules

  • Beyond the Basics of R2T4, Including R2T4 for Modules

  • Limits to Direct Subsidized Loan Interest Benefits

  • Monitoring for Pell Grant LEU and Resolving Unusual Enrollment History Flags

  • Administering Federal Student Aid Programs in Nonstandard Terms (new for 2016-2017)

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 drop-down menu that appears, choose “Coach Intermediate 2016-2017” 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. A new Advanced Training course, offering training in topics such as cash management, a primer for new directors, and program review preparation, will also be available in the near future.

We hope you enjoy the FSA Coach Intermediate 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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