President's Welcome

Welcome to the Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (ILASFAA) website.

It is an honor to serve as your ILASFAA President for 2014-15. The association has enriched my life in many ways right from the beginning when I became a member in 1986.

I would like to thank all who have served ILASFAA in the past. Without you, we would not have this great association. Thanks to those who have served on the Executive Board, as Committee Chairs/Co-chairs as Committee members, and those who have volunteered your time and talents at the many ILASFAA events.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank ALL members who helped make it possible for students to reach their educational goals. We are an asset to our students and our institutions. Our knowledge and commitment to serving our students and also be good stewards of the Federal, State, and Institutional programs is unique to our profession. Your daily "work" results in a positive impact to so many lives. How great is that!!!!

I am a "product" of the student aid programs; I had Pell, FSEOG, IL MAP and used loans to reach my educational goals (I have a Master's Degree in Education as well as a Bachelor of Science and Associates in Applied Science). I was a student worker my first two years of college in the financial aid department. I would not have been able to pursue a post-secondary education had it not been for these programs. I would not have the career I have today. My education opened many doors for me. My wish is that all who have the drive and ability to pursue their education have the access and means to do so. My wish is they have the opportunities I have had.

If you have not had a chance to become an ILASFAA member or be an active member I encourage you to do so and experience the benefits. You can complete an online Membership Enrollment and/or Volunteer Form (at the Membership Services Tab) to get involved in any aspect of ILASFAA that inspires you. The Chairs of the committees are established for this year, but please reach out to them and be a committee member. You may find you'd like to Chair in the near future or even run for an office. There are many ways to volunteer; you can help with our Reality Store, be a session presenter or moderator at our Conference or our Workshops or work at FAFSA workshops at various locations.

I know from experience you will enjoy the time served. My work with ILASFAA through the years has been a very positive experience. It has helped me personally and professionally in building a network of financial aid professionals who I am proud to know (and many wonderful friends). These folks have seen me through audits (some good, some not so good), understanding and implementing new policies and procedures (I have a few folks on speed dial), provided helpful hints on Admin. Computer conversions (we have many "Techies") and they have lent a kind ear (and heart) through some personal struggles. Believe me, no one "gets you" like another FAA.

Please feel free to contact me or any member of the Executive Board if you have questions or comments about how ILASFAA can better serve you.

Janet Ingargiola
Director, Student Financial Aid & Veteran's Educational Benefits
Danville Area Community College

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou

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ILASFAA members banded together to participate in the reality store, held in November at Kershaw Elementary in Chicago. 23 member institutions were represented, and over 40 volunteers helped make the day a great experience for the kids! Thanks to the members of the diversity issues committee for planning and executing this annual event.

Our very own Sue Swisher, President-Elect for MASFAA with Aaron Steffens, MASFAA President (2014/15) and Sara Beth Holman, MASFAA Past-President at the MASFAA Planning Retreat last week in Dubuque, IA.

It was a great learning experience for me and I brought ideas back to help me better serve our membership. Sara Beth will be our visitor from MASFAA at our conference next year.

Thank you all for the opportunity to attend. Sincerely, Janet

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