NT4CM provides robust training materials and resources for counselors and mentors. These materials are used in the NT4CM workshops. We also wanted to make these materials available online in case you can't attend a workshop.
Each August, NT4CM offers a training-of-trainers webinar. In 2013, NT4CM opened up the webinar to other participants besides trainers, making the event more of a general update on federal student aid.
NT4CM training materials for the 2016–17 academic year workshops are available. The materials are divided into specific topic modules and each module includes the following:
- Instructor's Guide: This document is used by trainers to conduct the workshop. It includes a brief summary of the module's objectives, an outline of the module, relevant handouts, and in some cases a verbatim script.
- Presentation: This is the presentation reviewed during the module.
- Additional Materials or Documents: Some modules have supplemental materials or handouts. These will be listed with each module.
The following are the core NT4CM training modules.
The following are optional NT4CM training modules.
|Middle School Counselors||
|Middle School Parents||
|Counseling Undocumented Students||
Important Note on Training Materials
The materials posted on this page are intended for individual review and instruction. If you are conducting a training program that is not part of the official NT4CM training, you may use the content of this curriculum, but you may not use the "look and feel." In other words, you must place the content into your own PowerPoint or Word template and not use the NT4CM logo or the names of the NT4CM sponsors.
Additional resources are available from the following websites:
In addition to hosting the NT4CM Web pages, Federal Student Aid's Financial Aid Toolkit provides other resources and information to support your outreach and training needs. The Toolkit includes information on:
- Learn About Financial Aid: Provides information to help you learn about types of aid, student eligibility, the FAFSA, and loan repayment. It includes information on FAFSA updates and the FAFSA completion effort.
- Conduct Outreach: Provides tools and tips to support your outreach efforts including hosting an event, presentations, resources for target audiences, social media examples, and public service announcements.
- Search Financial Aid Tools and Resources: Provides tool for searching and filtering FSA resources by type, audience, topic, and time of year.
- Federal Student Aid's Publication Ordering System (FSAPubs) offers a variety of free publications on financial aid and college preparation. Visit www.fsapubs.gov to order items for middle school, high school, and/or college students, as well as other target audiences. The Order Federal Student Aid Forms and Publications fact sheet provides additional information on accessing and using FSAPubs.
- National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) includes information on college preparation, as well as a resource guide on how to increase awareness among students and families of the necessity of preparing financially for college early.
- National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER) offers a comprehensive and up to date library of information on the latest postsecondary financial aid issues.
- National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) offers a variety of valuable resources, including publications and online resources, for anyone involved in the admission process.
- American School Counselor Association (ASCA) provides professional development, publications and other resources, research, and advocacy to more than 24,000 professional school counselors around the globe.
- National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) provides a library of research articles on topics such as preK-12 and postsecondary education, parent involvement, and financial aid and affordability.
- National College Access Network (NCAN) provides regular updates on trends in college admissions, financial aid, and career path development to help students and their families prepare for college or postsecondary education.
- Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) offers training, publications, and other resources to help further the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the United States.