President's Welcome

It is an honor to serve as the ILASFAA President for the 2018-2019 year as we embark on our 50th anniversary as an Association. As we embark on this milestone year, let us focus on the critical role you – our ILASFAA members – play every day in the lives of students and their families. You help each year to ensure that students have access to a higher education. You facilitate this access while also managing highly complex and difficult to administer financial aid programs.

ILASFAA is an organization made up of dedicated, engaged individuals. I am proud to be a part of this professional group who help students, foster relationships, and build the necessary skills to be better Financial Aid Administrators and leaders. As we work together to ensure ILASFAA has continued success, I encourage you to challenge yourself and begin or continue to volunteer. You will not regret the decision to serve your colleagues, the association and our students in new and exciting ways.

Over the course of this next year, we have a number of initiatives underway to serve our members. Below is just a few of the many planning, training, and professional development opportunities that ILASFAA will provide.

  • This year, we hope to renew and adopt a three-year strategic plan. This member-developed plan will help guide the Association as we move forward in accomplishing our vision and mission.
  • We will continue to build upon our advocacy efforts to improve the financial aid programs that are vital to so many students.
  • We will also be working to develop and host a Leadership Academy as part of our Professional Development efforts.
  • We will host two Fall Workshops that our Training and Professional Development committee will plan to provide relevant training.
  • Our conference committees are working diligently to plan the 50th ILASFAA Conference to be held in Springfield, Illinois on March 18-20, 2019

I look forward to discussions and working with you to continue strengthening our great Association. If you are not a member, this is a great time to join us in supporting our mission as we advocate for access and funding to higher education for all students.

Michelle Cornell
2018-2019 ILASFAA President

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