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.