Message from the Chair
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Christian ZimmermannThe upcoming 2016-2017 year is destined to be an exciting year for the DE-DC-MD (Tri-State) Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators! From the implementation of the Early FAFSA (in conjunction with utilizing prior-prior year tax information) to the potential reintroduction of year-round Pell Grants, there are many new initiatives that are just around the corner.

Tri-State is an organization that is focused on its' members - we are here to provide you with up to date information, whether it comes from Capitol Hill, or from our states, we aim to provide you with the tools to successfully assist your students to achieve their academic goals. These tools are not only limited to the successful management of federal, state and institutional aid programs, they also aim to provide opportunities for professional growth.

Tri-State aims to provide extraordinary value for your membership fees. With many institutional budgets stretched, we feel that the combination of training opportunities, conferences and resources provide great resources for the administration of student financial aid programs. The annual Neophyte Training Workshop, Fall & Spring Conferences are great opportunities to receive information on important topics. Many of the topics that are presented at the various events come from ideas from the membership. Registration for the Neophyte training is NOW OPEN!

The Association is always looking for ways to get more members involved - whether that is by checking in conference attendees, participating on the Federal Relations Committee or raising money for one of the many fundraising events - WE NEED YOU! The Executive Board is a dedicated group of individuals who are here to serve you, the members of the Association, however we can't do it without volunteers.

I look forward to serving the association and to seeing members at Tri-State events throughout the year!

Christian Zimmermann
2016-2017 Chair

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