National Training for Counselors and Mentors (NT4CM) provides free training and support for counselors and mentors who assist students and their families in preparing financially for college.
NT4CM is a comprehensive training program that delivers up-to-date information regarding federal and state student aid programs, scholarship searches, and financial aid fraud. Participants also learn how to access free resources such as fact sheets, brochures, and PowerPoint presentations that can be used in outreach to students. After the training, participants will receive ongoing information and support.
A number of states participate in the in-person training; and there are occasionally webinars so that anyone can get training online. If you cannot attend a workshop in person, you can download the training materials.
If you have any questions about the NT4CM program, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
NT4CM is sponsored by:
- Federal Student Aid (FSA),
- National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA),
- National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER),
- National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC),
- American School Counselor Association (ASCA),
- National College Access Network (NCAN), and
- Council for Opportunity in Education (COE).
NT4CM is available for any individual who advises students and their families on how to fund education beyond high school.
Training Dates and Locations
For states that participate in NT4CM, training workshops of approximately 4-6 hours will be offered annually. Participating states either provide training using the NT4CM materials in their entirety or incorporate portions of the materials into existing training programs. Workshops typically take place from October through December, although some states offer training earlier or later.
The State Training Programs page identifies states that are participating in NT4CM. For participating states, you will see a link to more information on the workshops including information on how to register. Registration usually begins in the late summer.
If your state is not participating, it might provide other training programs for counselors and mentors. The State Training Programs page also provides information on other state training programs and/or contact information for determining if additional state training programs are available. If you have additional questions about training, please e-mail us at NT4CM@ed.gov.
Materials and Resources
NT4CM materials for the 2015–16 academic year are available on the Materials and Resources page. The page also provides webinars and other recommended resources.