Novice Training Program
June 4- June 8, 2018
Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry, NY

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The New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association, Inc. will hold its 48th annual Novice Training Workshop from Monday, June 4- Friday, June 8, 2018 at Mercy College.

This workshop has been primarily designed for financial aid personnel with less than one year of experience. We encourage admissions and enrollment management personnel, as well as others who would like to gain a complete, comprehensive understanding of financial aid administration to enroll.

The program provides five days of intensive training on the administration of financial aid. Training is structured in formal, large group presentations and informal small discussion groups. This gives participants a detailed overview of each topic, followed by the opportunity to discuss special points of interest and to apply their new knowledge using case studies. All participants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity for professional growth through group and individual interaction. The training begins on Monday at 11:00am and ends on Friday at 2:00pm. Full-time participation in the Workshop is required of all attendees.

A certificate will be awarded on the final day of the workshop, acknowledging active and successful participation in the program. This participation includes attendance and written/oral interaction within each session (formal and informal groups). A written test will be administered and the results will be used in conjunction with staff critique to determine each participantís evaluation.

Mercy College

The main campus of Mercy College is in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., 25 miles north of New York City. The campus sits on 66 acres overlooking the Hudson River. Mercy College is located near the Tappan Zee Bridge and is easily accessible via the Metro North train station on campus as well as nearby airports.

Registration and Fees

The cost of the Workshop is $625, which includes NYSFAAA membership for the 2018-19 year. Vouchers will not be accepted. You must have registered and paid in full by Wednesday, May 30, 2018. There will be no refunds after that date. Contact Lisa Simpson at (518) 473-0842 with any additional questions.

Housing and Meals

The conference fee includes three meals daily, coffee, tea, iced tea breaks and social hours. Please inform us of any special dietary needs. Participants will live in private dormitory rooms with linen and towel service provided. Informal attire is appropriate for the workshop.


By Car:

Directions From Albany
Take the NYS Thruway (I-90) South and go over the Tappan Zee Bridge. Exit immediately after toll (exit 9). Turn left at end of ramp onto Broadway (Rt. 9). Continue 4 miles on entrance on right.

Directions From the West: (Buffalo)
Take the NYS Thruway (I-90) East to Exit 39 toward I-690 E. Take Interstate I-81South. Take a slight left onto I-86E and continue onto NY-17E. Follow signs to 87S and merge on 87S. Go over the Tappan Zee Bridge. Exit immediately after toll (exit 9). Turn left at end of ramp onto Broadway (Rt. 9). Continue 4 miles on entrance on right.

Directions From Lower Westchester County & New York City
Take Saw Mill River Parkway (North) to the Dobbs Ferry Exit. Turn left onto Ashford Avenue. Turn right onto Broadway (Rt. 9), continue 1/2 mile to entrance on left.

Metro-North Railroad Station
Take Metro-North to:
Ardsley on Hudson Station
*** Visit for tickets, schedules, arrival, and departure as well as additional information.

By Plane:

**To reserve transportation from JFK Airport to Mercy College, please email Lisa Papke at with your name and flight information.

PLEASE NOTE: transportation will be provided from JFK Airport to Mercy College

Monday, June 4th, 2018
JetBlue Airways Flight #2101 Depart Buffalo (BUF) 7:39 am
Arrive New York City (JFK) at 9:00 am
Friday June 8th, 2018
JetBlue Airways Flight #2402 Depart New York City (JFK) at 5:01pm
Arrive in Buffalo (BUF) at 6:45 pm

Survival Techniques

Bring a note pad, pens and pencils with you. All other materials will be provided at the time of registration, including the infamous NYSFAAA Training Manual.

Previous novice attendees suggest you bring sneakers, an umbrella, an extra towel or two, an extra blanket and your favorite pillow, flip flops, and an alarm clock.


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