To assist you in helping students with the financial aid process and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), ISAC offers free professional development opportunities for counselors, mentors, and community partners through an annual certification series of training modules. Workshops give professionals a detailed understanding of the financial aid process and its programs through the use of case study scenarios and real-life examples. LLCC is hosting a workshop Nov. 16.
ISAC’s Annual Financial Aid Certification program is part of the National Training for Counselors and Mentors (NT4CM). NT4CM is a free train-the-trainer program to support counselors and mentors who assist students and their families in preparing financially for college. In Illinois, ISAC is the designated provider of the NT4CM training and has been since the inception of the program.
Session participants who successfully pass each knowledge assessment receive an official certificate of completion via e-mail.
ISAC also awards free continuing education credits (CEs) and continuing professional development units (CPDUs) to session participants at a rate of one per contact hour. To earn these, it is necessary to attend each session in its entirety and complete one session-specific knowledge assessment, an ISAC and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Evaluation Form, and an ISBE Evidence of Completion.
All sessions are offered at no cost to counselors, mentors, and members of the general public. More information about ISAC’s Annual Financial Aid Certification Program and registration for these events can be found online at: