President's Welcome

I am honored to serve as ILASFAA President for the 2019-2020 year. As we enter the 2020s, I look forward to working with each of you to continue supporting Illinois' student financial aid professionals.

Looking toward the future of our organization, I have charged our board and committee chairs with focusing on two priorities. The first is to complete modernization of our website and communication capabilities. The second is to increase ILASFAA membership and deepen volunteer engagement. These will help solidify ILASFAA's foundation for the future as we strive to execute the strategic plan and fulfil ILASFAA's mission. I believe everything we do should be mission-focused, so here's reminder of why ILASFAA exits:

Mission Statement:

ILASFAA is a professional organization of student financial aid administrators representing institutions, supporters, and state agency personnel, engaged in or concerned with the ethical administration and/or support of student financial aid. Our mission is to provide quality training, professional development, networking opportunities, and effective communications for our membership. Our organization acts as an advocate for students, their families, and all post-secondary institutions.

Areas of strategic focus:

  • Association Infrastructure
  • Networking & Communications
  • Training & Professional Development
  • Advocacy & Legislative Issues

As an all-volunteer organization, ILASFAA is only as strong as its members who share their talents, time and dedication. With that, I encourage each of you to consider serving in any capacity you can. Whether joining a committee, presenting a conference session, or simply encouraging others within your professional network to join, it all helps.

I encourage you to consider ILASFAA's mission and strategic focus as we embark on our 51st year. I look forward to working with each of you to continue supporting our colleagues over the coming months. 

Mark D. San Marino
ILASFAA President, 2019-2020