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Online Workshops

PACAC is pleased to offer online professional development workshops, in addition to our many in-person programs offered around the Commonwealth each year. We know that our colleagues on both the secondary school side as well as on the college admission side are very busy, and attending in-person programs is not always an option given our daily work and personal lives. We hope that you will consider joining us at one of our online workshops!

 It’s Complicated: Helping Your Families Understand Financial Aid


Bonnie Behm, Director of Financial Assistance, Villanova University
Wendy Dunlap, Higher Education Access Partner, PHEAA

*Reminder: As with all PACAC presentations, the inclusion of any presenter (vendor, college, etc.) is not an endorsement by PACAC or any representative thereof.*

Thursday, January 11th, 11am-12:30pm EST ***Note: 1.5 hours***

FREE for PACAC Members & Nonmembers

:   Closed

Space is limited in the seminar room.
Registration closes at 3pm, Wednesday, January 10th

 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.)

**Join PACAC today ($25 individual annual membership) and attend online workshops for FREE!

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.
To learn more about the benefits of membership, please click here
To join PACAC and become a member of our great Association, please click here.

Past Online Workshops

  • 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.