OASFAA Membership Information

Description of membership types:

  • Associate member - individuals who are engaged indirectly in the administration of financial aid programs, individuals actively involved in the administration of financial aid programs from outside Ohio, i.e. persons representing state government agencies, college access networks, TRIO programs, lenders, loan servicers, and other units/agencies/organizations interested in the purposes of OASFAA. (Voting privileges.) - $40/year

  • Counselor - high school counselors. Free

  • Financial Aid Administrator - individuals actively engaged in the administration of student financial aid at an Ohio institution of post-secondary education whose primary job functions include: counseling, assessment of need, disbursement of funds, etc. (Also known as "active membership" with voting privileges.) $40/year

  • Non-Affiliate - individuals seeking membership who are financial aid administrators, nor eligible to become an associate or student member. Examples: staff in the following offices: Admissions, Bursars, Registrars, individual consultants, and financial planners. $40/year

  • Student Affiliate Membership - open to any student enrolled at a postsecondary educational institution in the state of Ohio. 

If you have questions about the appropriate membership type, continue with your application by selecting the membership type most aligned to your role, then email the OASFAA Membership Chair with any questions. 


Appeal for Active Membership Status
The OASFAA Constitution allow for interested individuals who do not meet the requirements for Active Membership Status to petition for consideration as an Active Member of OASFAA. While not expressly stated, it is assumed that the individual submitting a petition will have already demonstrated the qualifications necessary for Associate Membership Status as outlined in the description below. 

Petition for Active Membership Status must be made in writing to the OASFAA Board of Trustees, via submission of the appropriate application materials to the OASFAA Membership Chairperson. The Board will act on requests during their monthly meeting. The Membership Chairperson will inform the petitioner in writing of the Board's decision within one week of the monthly meeting.

A Petition for Active Membership Status must be submitted annually. As is membership to OASFAA, petitions will be considered on an individual basis. A 'blanket' approval for all individuals within any given organization will not be granted.

In order for a Petition for Active Membership Status to be considered, the following documentation must be submitted:
  1. A cover letter on your organization's letterhead outlining the reason(s) you feel your professional responsibilities meet the description of that of Active Membership; and
  2. A copy of your current job description

Submit to the OASFAA Membership Chair.