Financial Aid 101 E-Learning Course Now Available

Media Contact:
Shanda Ivory
Director of Communications

Arlington, VA (Jan. 17, 2018) — NACAC's first e-learning course—a set of online training modules that will enable members to learn anytime, anywhere, and at their own pace—is now available.

Financial Aid 101 offers a comprehensive review of financial aid procedures and guidelines to professionals advising students about paying for college. The course is for entry-level professionals in the counseling and admission fields.

The new e-learning opportunity includes eight modules on topics including loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study. Informative graphics, videos, and quizzes help participants break down complicated concepts and measure their progress.

The online course, a first for the association, was developed in response to requests for an affordable, user-friendly tool that helps educate counselors on a vital part of their job.

“There is so much misinformation about financial aid online and through word-of-mouth in our schools and on campuses,” NACAC CEO Joyce Smith noted. “NACAC created this resource to help counselors distill that information and offer students and families the assistance they need as they embark on the search for quality, affordable education. This course is NACAC’s first step toward offering support for members and the students and families they serve on this sometimes daunting journey."

Continuing education is available for public school counselors who complete the 2.5-hour course. The cost is $100 for NACAC members and $125 for nonmembers.

Visit NACAC's e-learning center.

Watch a video about the Financial Aid 101 course.


The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the association's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.

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