Online Workshops


Topic:  Helping Your Families Understand Financial Aid (2019)

Presenter:  Meg Ryan, Executive Director of Admissions & Financial Aid at Allegheny College
*Reminder: As with all PACAC presentations, the inclusion of any presenter (vendor, college, etc.) is not an endorsement by PACAC or any representative thereof.*

When:  Thursday, December 5th, 11am-12:30pm EST ***1.5 hours

Cost:  FREE for PACAC Members. Non-Members are also FREE (normally $10)
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Registration: Click Here!
Space is limited in the seminar room.
Registration closes at 3pm on Wednesday, December 4th.

After attending this workshop, you will:
  • Know the basics of financial aid process.
  • Have learned about any changes or current challenges in filing for aid.
  • Understand some of the complexities involved in how colleges award the various types of aid.
  • Be able to provide resources to your colleagues and your families.
  • Have shared resources and learned best practices from other participants. (Come prepared to share your knowledge and resources!)
  • Receive a Certificate of Attendance to submit for ACT 48 credit through your district/IU. (Note: you must be registered and logged in to the Online Workshop individually for the entire hour and a half to receive the certificate.)
If you plan to participate in at least three online workshops this academic year, it would be cheaper to become an individual member for $25.

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Past Online Workshops

  • Success For All: Guiding First Generation and Underrepresented Students Through The College Process; January 8, 2019
  • Much Ado About Testing: Trends, Insights and Help For Your Students; December 5, 2018
  • Serving Students Throughout The College Process: Two Secondary School Counselors Share Their Programs; March 21, 2018
  • It’s Complicated: Helping Your Families Understand Financial Aid; January 11, 2018
  • Can I Be Successful in College? Guiding Students with Learning Differences; October 17, 2017
  • Teacher Recommendations Matter: Helping Your Teachers Help Your Students; May 25, 2017
  • Counseling Students Interested in Highly Selective Colleges and Universities; May 17, 2017
  • How Important is My Major? The Many Roads to Career Success; April 19, 2017
  • I'm 17 - and I'm Not Hemingway! A Realistic Approach to College Essays; February 8, 2017
  • Loans and Grants and Discounts, Oh My!: Helping Your Families Understand Financial Aid; January 11, 2017
  • The Challenge of Testing: How to Guide and Prepare Your Students for the New SAT/ACT; December 7, 2016
  • Prior-Prior Year is Here! Helping Your Families Navigate This Year’s FAFSA Changes; September 27, 2016
  • What Should I Say? Writing Effective Counselor Recommendation Letters; April 20, 2016
  • College Panel Series: Penn College of Technology & Johnson College; March 30, 2016
  • Helping Students through the Career Process; February 3, 2016
  • Keeping Up with Financial Aid; January 13, 2016
  • The New SAT: Advising Your Students In The Changing Testing Landscape; December 2, 2015
  • The College Panel Series (Lehigh University and Allegheny College); May 19, 2015
  • Helping Your Students Tell Their Stories; March 12, 2015
  • Helping Your Families Understand Financial Aid; January 29, 2015


The Pennsylvania Association For College Admission Counseling is not a provider of ACT 48 credits. However, the association provides Certificates of Attendance (COA) for those who complete our professional development programs. For the financial aid online workshop, for example, a COA indicating 1.5 credit hours will be provided for attendees who complete the entire online workshop. The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires a minimum of 3 credit hours for PD opportunities. Some districts/Intermediate Units may bundle multiple certificates to award credit hours. Please contact your school district and/or intermediate unit regarding submission of these certificates.