The training of financial aid administrators is mostly informal and is accomplished by the workshop and apprenticeship method. There are few training programs specifically for financial aid administrators and these include occasional two-week summer school institutes which have been sponsored by the U.S. Office of Education in coordination with a university or the various state financial aid associations. Occasionally, a financial aid administrator is able to "wing" a financial aid training program in a Master's or Doctoral program in the Student Personnel area; but, beyond having a few specific courses in financial aid administration, the candidate may engage in a practicum in financial aid or write a major paper on some financial aid related subject in order to complete the degree requirements. The void in formal degree or training programs for financial aid administrators (see: Schiesz, Journal of Student Financial Aid, March, 1974) i& not surprising for a relatively new and emerging profession; but it is clearly one which must be responded to by universities, educational leadership, and ·professional associations at the local and the national levels with the development of formal training programs, degree programs, and ultimately a national examination for the certification of financial aid administrators.
Delaney, Francis H. Jr.; Hylander, Gary L.; Karp, Ruth; and Lange, Richard J.
"A Taxonomy of Objectives for the Training of Financial Aid Administrators,"
Journal of Student Financial Aid: Vol. 4
, Article 1.
Available at: https://ir.library.louisville.edu/jsfa/vol4/iss3/1