Access financial aid training materials you can use to provide professional development for counselors and mentors.

Find free training materials to help counselors and mentors get the skills they need to help families prepare financially for college or career school.

Training Materials

Federal Student Aid provides training materials that can be used to conduct professional development workshops for counselors and mentors. The training materials include up-to-date information regarding federal student aid programs, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form, and applying for financial aid.

Some training materials are also provided by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).

Training-of-Trainers Webinar
Training Materials
Additional Resources


Training-of-Trainers Webinar

Each year, Federal Student Aid offers a training-of-trainers webinar to provide policy updates and general training information to those who will be training counselors and mentors. During the webinar, presenters discuss the training materials provided on this page.

2018–19 Federal Update and Federal Student Aid Training Recorded Webinar

2018–19 Federal Update and Federal Student Aid Training Webinar Transcript

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Training Materials

Federal Student Aid training materials are divided into specific topics. Each topic includes a PowerPoint Presentation with notes to provide context to each slide. Some topics have additional materials for training counselors and mentors. There are also resources included as materials for training.

Federal Student Aid training materials for the 2018–19 academic year will be available soon.

Below is the list of training materials.

Training Topics Materials
Overview of Financial Aid Programs Presentation
Additional Materials
Federal Student Aid Program Summary
Applying for Federal Financial Aid Presentation
Student Dependency Status Presentation
After the FAFSA® Form Presentation
Additional Materials
Counseling Undocumented Students Presentation
Additional Materials
Financial Literacy Presentation
Additional Materials
Resources A Guide to Planning a Webinar
Application Form Tracking
Award Package Comparison
Cost of Attendance Comparison
Financial Aid Application Checklist
Financial Aid Consultant Services
Financial Aid Glossary
Sample Scholarship Inquiry Letter
Federal Student Aid Program Summary
Web Resources for Students with Disabilities
2018–19 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet
Master Resource List
Federal Resources
Order Federal Student Aid Publications

Note: The presentations were created by Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education (ED). You may add or delete content to/from them. However, you must ensure that any edits made to this presentation and/or any uses of this presentation are done in a manner that furthers the goals of ED.

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Additional Resources

Additional resources are available from the following websites:

  • Federal Student Aid offers a variety of free publications on financial aid and college preparation. Visit FinancialAidToolkit.ed.gov/orderpubs to order items for middle school, high school, and/or college students, as well as other target audiences. The Order Federal Student Aid Publications fact sheet provides additional information on ordering publications.
  • NASFAA provides webinars, online courses, training materials, and self-study guides to counselors, mentors, and financial aid administrators.

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