Daniel Barkowitz Designated Certified Financial Aid Administrator

Congratulations to Daniel Barkowitz, assistant vice president, financial aid and veteran affairs, for being one of the first in the country to earn the designation of Certified Financial Aid Administrator (CFAA) from the CFAA Commission, the independent certifying body of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). This certification indicates that Daniel possesses the foundational knowledge and skills to effectively administer Title IV federal student aid programs at colleges and universities across the country as a financial aid professional.

To earn the CFAA certification, he demonstrated industry-related experience, successfully passed a comprehensive knowledge exam and affirmed commitment to the standards for ethical behavior that have long been a hallmark of the financial aid profession.

“As the national association dedicated to financial aid administrators at colleges and universities across the country, NASFAA is at the forefront providing information on the critical skills and abilities that practitioners must have to succeed in the field,” shared Daniel, who is also the inaugural CFAA Commission chair. “The CFAA program was built to provide financial aid professionals with a means by which to increase their knowledge, competence and confidence, while proving their worth to the institutions and students they serve.”

The CFAA certification process produces candidates with sufficient breadth of knowledge to benefit their employers, their colleagues and the students and families seeking assistance. In general, credentials like the CFAA benefit individuals by providing a road map for professional development, enhancing job performance and broadening career opportunities.

Becoming a CFAA provides credibility by establishing that the individual holding this credential has an overall understanding of 12 knowledge domains and competencies — as defined by a representative panel of financial aid experts — and can apply this knowledge in the workplace. Employing CFAA credential holders helps ensure Title IV aid is being administered ethically and effectively, which supports every participating institution’s commitment to administrative capability made to the U.S. Department of Education in the school’s program participation agreement.


  • Stanton said:

    Awesome accomplishment! Congrats!!

    AMWed, 19 Jun 2019 03:53:19 +0000Wed, 19 Jun 2019 03:53:19 +0000am19,3:53 am

    • barkowitz said:

      Thank you so much! Looking forward to more conversations together… 🙂

      AMWed, 19 Jun 2019 09:01:40 +0000Wed, 19 Jun 2019 09:01:40 +0000am19,9:01 am

  • Michelle Sever said:

    Great achievement, Daniel. Congratulations!

    AMWed, 19 Jun 2019 08:03:28 +0000Wed, 19 Jun 2019 08:03:28 +0000am19,8:03 am

    • barkowitz said:

      Thank you so much! It is a pleasure working with you!

      AMWed, 19 Jun 2019 09:01:13 +0000Wed, 19 Jun 2019 09:01:13 +0000am19,9:01 am

  • Whitly said:

    Congratulations Daniel!

    AMWed, 19 Jun 2019 11:43:58 +0000Wed, 19 Jun 2019 11:43:58 +0000am19,11:43 am

    • barkowitz said:

      Thank you Whitly…

      AMWed, 19 Jun 2019 11:46:03 +0000Wed, 19 Jun 2019 11:46:03 +0000am19,11:46 am

  • Dani Moritz-Long said:

    Congratulations on another fantastic accomplishment. I truly admire your commitment to serving our students and community.

    AMThu, 20 Jun 2019 09:57:07 +0000Thu, 20 Jun 2019 09:57:07 +0000am19,9:57 am

    • barkowitz said:

      Thanks, Dani. It was a pleasure studying with you over the last year for the PJI Practioners program.

      PMMon, 08 Jul 2019 13:12:17 +0000Mon, 08 Jul 2019 13:12:17 +0000pm19,1:12 pm

  • Mary Beth said:

    Congratulations on your achievement Daniel! And thank you for your service at the Financial Symposium. You consistently demonstrate commitment to enhancing Valencia's service capability.

    PMMon, 08 Jul 2019 13:08:18 +0000Mon, 08 Jul 2019 13:08:18 +0000pm19,1:08 pm

    • barkowitz said:

      Thanks, Mary Beth. I appreciated being part of the process… 🙂

      PMMon, 08 Jul 2019 13:12:50 +0000Mon, 08 Jul 2019 13:12:50 +0000pm19,1:12 pm

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