Counselor Resources

Please note:  OASFAA is starting the process for updating items for the 2022-2023 academic year.  It will be noted if an item is from the previous year or new for this academic year.

Welcome to the Financial Aid Resource page for high school counselors! The OASFAA Outreach Committee hopes that you'll find the information on these pages useful in your search to make higher education affordable. Send comments or questions about this information to [email protected]

On this page, you'll find:

FAFSA Line-by-Line Webinars - New

Students and families need our help now more than ever to get on and stay on track for their postsecondary plans.  Many students need assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) to help cover college expenses.  As part of the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s (ODHE) enhanced focus on FAFSA completion for our Class of 2022, OASFAA will offer two line-by-line FAFSA training webinars.  These webinars are built for school counselors, teachers, advisors and other education stakeholders who are willing to provided assistance to a student to get this form completed.  These webinars will offer steps related to establishing an FSA ID, completing the FAFSA, understanding the follow-up steps and identify FAFSA resources available for education professionals and students/families. Please register for one of these webinars.  After the webinar, you will be able to download the webinar slides to become a FAFSA expert so that we can build an army of people who can help our students in this time of great need.  

Link to the recorded webinar:

To access this webinar you must use:  Access Passcode: 53N=lYw0

To access the power point deck only, click here.

Financial Aid 201 Webinar 

Financial Aid 201 Webinar - COMING MARCH 2022

Registration will open in January 2022.


High School Counselor Workshops

High School Counselor Workshops

Registration is open now.

OASFAA will be offering five in-person Counselor Workshop and one virtual option in November. These workshops will provide a deep dive on FAFSA updates, federal student aid programs, verification, state aid programs, award letter review and resources available to counselors for assisting students and families with the financial aid process. This workshop will provide extensive information on students with special circumstances and how to complete the financial aid appeal process. The pandemic has caused major economic impacts on our families and we need to be able to support their efforts when family income has had a negative impact. Come join us and bring your financial aid questions.

Registration links for the in-person workshops are below.  Please click on the link for the workshop you wish to attend.  The timeframe for the workshops is 9:30am - Noon.  Times may vary slightly by location so please check your confirmation letter your receive from your location site coordinator.  You will be required to follow any pandemic protocols in place for the site you select.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 - BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY2021 Counselor Workshop Registration - Bowling Green State University

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8 - BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY: 2021 Counselor Workshop Registration - Baldwin Wallace University

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15 - COTC/OSU-NEWARK: 2021 Counselor Workshop Registration - Central Ohio Technical College/Ohio State Newark

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 - UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI: 2021 Counselor Workshop Registration - University of Cincinnati

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19 - OHIO UNIVERSITY-SOUTHERN: 2021 Counselor Workshop Registration - Ohio University Southern


We look forward to you joining us for a workshop.  We hope you will share this resource page with you colleagues so that they may also be able to register.

PLEASE NOTE: Based on conditions related to the pandemic, in-person workshops may be converted to virtual workshops if necessary.  You will be notified if the format is changed.



Financial Aid 101 Webinar for Newer Counselors

Financial Aid 101 Webinar - NEW

This free webinar is for newer High School, Access, TRiO, and AmeriCorps counselors, as well as any brand new admissions or financial aid counselors. If you are in your first several years assisting high school students through the paying for college process, this webinar will provide an overview of the financial aid programs available to students. The steps that students must take in pursuing financial aid their senior year of high school will also be covered. The webinar was presented on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

Link to the recorded webinar:

You will need a passcode to view this webinar: Access Passcode: ?n9L=IqT

Below is the link to the power point deck used in the presentation:

Financial Aid 101 Presentation 2021.pptx





OACAC Articulation Financial Aid Presentation - NEW

As presented on September 10, 2021 by the OASFAA Outreach Committee.

Download the 2021 Articulation Workshop Presentation


College Access and School Counselors Contact Database - NEW 

Register for the College Access and School Counselor Contact Database

  • Benefits of signing up for Counselor Database Listserve:
    • Workshop registration information
    • Counselor event announcements and details
    • Training announcements


High School Financial Aid Night Presenters - NEW

  • Request a Financial Aid Night PresenterThe OASFAA Outreach Committee can help facilitate your school's Financial Aid Night by helping to connect you with local financial aid professionals willing to present at your school.
  • If you are in need of a recorded financial aid night presentation, OASFAA has done a generic presentation that you could share with students and parents during a virtual event or share the link on your school website for families to watch. Here is the recorded Financial Aid Night Presentation. - NEW
    • You will need to use this code to access the video:  Access Passcode: W&Bp1YLk
  • Download Financial Aid Night Presentation - 2022-2023 FA Night OASFAA.pptx.  - NEW

Ohio FAFSA Completions Year over Year - PREVIOUS YEAR
Click here to see the year over year FAFSA completion percentage, courtesy of our friends at NCAN via their Form Your Future web site.


Counselor Resources - NEW

Planning for College Resources - NEW



Publications - NEW

Feel free to use these publications in your FAFSA completion efforts! If there's something you need that isn't listed below, let us know


 Archived Presentations - check out our YouTube channel