Mapping Your Future offers various webinars throughout the year to provide training and address issues facing financial aid and education professionals. Some of these training sessions are offered in partnership with other organizations. If you can't attend one of our scheduled webinars, we encourage you to take advantage of these on-demand webinars.
Some of the webinars require you complete a registration form. Those webinars are designated with a red asterisk (*)
The webinars are available in the following formats:
- WMV (Windows Media Player)
- MOV (Quicktime)
- MP4 (compatible with mobile devices)
Now it's getting interesting! Five things you should know when looking at tax returns *
November 20th, 2013
Understanding your own tax return can be enough of a challenge, but financial aid professionals are presented with many more challenges in reviewing tax documents of students and parents in the verification process. This webinar provides important information and guidance about what you should know when looking at tax returns, such as understanding who should file returns, the various tax filing statuses, and other important guidelines about earned and unearned income.
Learn more about electronic signature, other enhancements recently made to MappingXpress*
July 18th, 2013
Schools now can collect an electronic signature along with the documents they collect from students and parents through Mapping Your Future's MappingXpress.
MappingXpress is a cost-effective, secure, document collection solution that allows schools to quickly and securely collect documents from students through a dedicated portal. MappingXpress can be used for a variety of processes, including verification, c-code resolution, and collecting information for scholarship purposes.
In addition to the electronic signature, Mapping Your Future made more enhancements to MappingXpress. Listen to the webinar to learn more.
5 ways to boost your default prevention efforts *
May 22nd, 2013
Your students face some of the same issues that you, as a financial aid professional, do - a lot of demands and responsibilities with little time to get things done. You need fast and easy ways to enhance your default prevention efforts and, as a result, help your students. Mapping Your Future has the interactive default prevention tools to quickly meet these demands and responsibilities. These tools help educate borrowers about their rights and responsibilities, student loan repayment plans, and information about student loan servicers, including an interactive tool to help borrowers manage their money and implement a spending plan (a budget). View this webinar to learn more.
Success in College - a view from the classroom *
April 18, 2013
Federal and state financial aid programs are investments in the future of our society, and regulations exist to measure the progress of students receiving financial aid. The intent is to make sure that students receiving financial aid are succeeding in college and the financial aid is helping them complete their program of study. How does that translate to the classroom?
Dr. James Mueller, a journalism professor at the University of North Texas, outlines specific actions students need take to make the most of their education and steps students should take to succeed after college. This webinar provides information for higher education and financial aid professionals, as well as parents and students interested in college success.
Understanding education tax credits *
March 7, 2013
Education tax benefits are an important resource to help students and parents reduce the overall cost of a college education. The laws and regulations regarding these benefits are constantly changing, and it's important to have a good understanding of these benefits. This session will assist anyone who has an interest in learning more about these benefits for personal reference and/or to help students and families.
How to keep college affordable - 5 key strategies
February 25, 2013
With proper planning and preparation, students and parents can work together to keep the cost of attending college affordable. There are five key strategies that students and parents can use to help keep the cost of college down. View this webinar to learn how easily you can implement these five strategies into your college planning process and find out about free tools and resources that will help you achieve your or your child's college goals.
Line-by-line training for students and parents completing the 2013-14 FAFSA
February 5, 2013
Students and parents can view Mapping Your Future's line-by-line training for completing the 2013-14 FAFSA. Students planning on attending college in the fall of 2013 need to complete the 2013-14 FAFSA to apply for federal financial aid and institutional aid. This training provided an overview of how to complete the FAFSA and reviewed some common questions.
2013-14 line-by-line FAFSA training
January 16, 2013
Financial aid professionals and others that will be helping students complete the 2013-14 FAFSA can view Mapping Your Future's 2013-14 FAFSA line-by-line training. Andrea Cross, Associate Dean for Financial Aid at Saint Joseph's College, provided an overview of completing the FAFSA, and placed emphasis on the changes from prior years.
Learn the regulatory requirements of loan counseling, how to make the sessions effective default prevention tool
July 10, 2012
As the student loan cohort default rate continues to rise along with the average amount of student loans students borrow, there is a greater urgency for effective default prevention programs.
A key element to any default prevention plan is loan counseling. This webinar will teach you about the regulatory requirements and some tips and techniques to make the most of loan counseling. This webinar is offered by Mapping Your Future, a leader in student loan counseling, which offers 22 different counseling sessions. Entrance loan counseling and exit loan counseling can be effective tools to help students understand their rights and responsibilities when borrowing a student loan.
Discover the top ten ways to make the most of your Mapping Your Future Sponsorship to help your schools, borrowers, and students *
June 7, 2012
As a Sponsor Mapping Your Future, you recognize the value of services, but are you realizing all the value of your Sponsorship? There are many strategies to make the most of your Sponsorship, which can result in a higher return on your investment.
Sponsorship of Mapping Your Future provides your organization with access to various tools and services that can assist your organization with meeting your strategic goals.
Discover the top ten ways to make the most of your Mapping Your Future Membership to help your office, students, and campus! *
June 5, 2012
As a Mapping Your Future Member, you recognize the value of services but are you realizing all the value of your Membership? There are many strategies to make the most of your Membership which can result in a real return on investment for your office by saving money and staff time as well as increasing and enhancing the services you provide to your students.
Membership provides your school with access to various tools and services that can assist not only your financial aid office, but your entire campus. This webinar will teach you more about the benefits of Mapping Your Future Membership and how these benefits can help your campus meet regulations, reduce your cohort default rate, provide financial literacy and money management tools to your students, and streamline your documentation collection process - just to name a few.
Preparing your students for success through financial literacy
March 22, 2012
A life well lived is certainly a life without constant anxiety over money. By offering financial literacy programs on your campus, not only are you meeting regulatory requirements (in some states), but you also are providing students with the skills they need to successfully manage their finances throughout their lives. This not only helps your students today, but also helps your school and society at large tomorrow. Schools, such as Elgin Community College in Elgin, Illinois and the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, have implemented effective financial literacy programs for their students. Learn more about these award-winning programs and their new approaches to educating students about finances and money management in this webinar sponsored by Mapping Your Future.
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Understanding federal education tax benefits and the financial aid perspective
February 23, 2012
Education tax benefits can be an important resource to helping students and parents reduce the overall cost of a college education. The laws and regulations regarding these benefits are constantly changing, and it's important to have a good understanding of these benefits. The presenters of this webinar provided an overview of the current federal education tax benefits and a financial aid perspective on the issues. Anyone interested in learning more about these benefits for themselves and/or their students and families can benefit from viewing this webinar.
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February 1, 2012
Institutions are being required to collect increasing numbers of documents from students and parents, and many are looking for ways to streamline the resources required to process these documents. In response, Mapping Your Future introduced MappingXpress, a cost-effective, online document collection solution. This service provides an improved way for you to quickly and securely collect documents from students via a dedicated website address.
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Verification requirements for 2012-13, tools to assist your office
January 26, 2012
Mapping Your Future, American Student Assistance, and the Missouri Department of Higher Education provided training on verification requirements for 2012-13, including selection and inclusion, documentation, and disbursements. The speakers received tools available to help streamline the data collection process and make the verification process smoother for both the financial aid office and students.
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2012-13 FAFSA line-by-line training for financial aid professionals and others
January 11, 2012
Mapping Your Future provided a 2012-13 FAFSA line-by-line training for financial aid professions and others, who will be helping students complete the FAFSA. Andrea Cross, Associate Dean for Financial Aid at Saint Joseph's College (Standish, Maine) presented and went through the FAFSA, providing special emphasis on the changes from the prior years.
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Default Prevention - beyond regulatory requirements, getting results
October 27, 2011
Cape Fear Community College, University of Central Arkansas, and the University of Mississippi discussed the default prevention tools they have incorporated into their school's default prevention plans to achieve positive results. Individuals were provided with new ideas and different approaches to help lower their default rate, at a time when higher default rates seem to be a trend.
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