Posted Date: September 15, 2009

Author: Jennifer Douglas, General Manager, Student Aid Awareness and Applicant Services Channel, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Support Counselor Training in Your State

National Training for Counselors and Mentors (NT4CM) planning is currently underway for academic year 2010-11.

 

NT4CM works with states to help provide free training and support for high school counselors, college access program staff, and mentors who assist students and their families in preparing financially for college. NT4CM is brought to you by the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), the National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs (NCHELP), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

 

NT4CM participation is voluntary and is intended to supplement, not replace, your state's current high school counselor financial aid training programs. The curriculum is also customizable and has been designed to be tailored to the training needs of your state. For example, your state may opt to incorporate the FAFSA4caster and ACG modules into an existing curriculum instead of presenting the entire NT4CM program.

 

How can you help? If your state elects to participate in NT4CM, you and your financial aid staff can support the effort in many ways, such as providing a site for training, volunteering to be a trainer, or offering to be a resource for participants after the training is completed.

 

The NT4CM program has received very positive reviews, and an overwhelming number of participants have been extremely pleased with the training sessions. Visit www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov/trainers to view a fact sheet, program evaluation summary, and 2009-10 curriculum.

 

If you have questions after visiting this site, please write to nt4cm@ed.gov. To learn whether your state will be participating in NT4CM, contact your state financial aid association.

 

Thank you for your support

 

   

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