by Kent Larson
year 2003 promises to be memorable for everyone in financial
aid. Indeed, our conversations of late frequently include
speculation on how the landscapes of our profession, our
institutions, and our offices will change as a result of
upcoming events. With reauthorization on the horizon, change
is inevitable. But looming world, national, and local events—many
of historical proportion—will likely affect our professional
lives as well. Surely, burgeoning enrollment, increased
cost of attendance, reduced operating budgets, a sluggish
economy, are only a few of the current conditions that will
have impact on our financial aid workplace.
When the time comes to look back on 2003, I hope UASFAA
will have served a useful role in helping you deal successfully
with an opportunity or challenge that is unique to you or
your office. A lofty goal? Yah, you betcha! But the goal
is achievable if we all consciously commit to help one another
and not fall victim to the fear of seeking help. We are,
after all, in the same business of facilitating education
through financial assistance.
Wonderful tools are now available to us as UASFAA members,
to help us find answers to our questions, while at the same
time enlarging our sense of community and bringing us closer
together. Our Web site continues to expand its usefulness
as a resource for links to information. The Newsletter is
available on the Web to all who seek insight into the status
of our membership, policies, and events or occasionally
need a tasty recipe. This year, we will begin using our
new UASFAA list serve to communicate with one another. I
will use the list serve to communicate information and seek
your input on matters such as our July business meeting,
the NASFAA conference, and other topics that are important
to you and me.
So, I dare you, be you from a private or public, a profit
or non-profit, a two-year or four-year, a clock-hour or
term institution, a bank or credit union, a guarantee agency
or a… guarantee agency, to get involved! Get connected!
Use UASFAA's directory to locate and then call a colleague
you have never met, introduce yourself and ask a question.
Let's commit to make this a great year, regardless of the
whirlwind of events that are sure to take place and the
changes that are sure to come our way.
I'm looking forward to working with you this year,