Early FAFSA and Prior-Prior Year (PPY) is officially here and challenges and opportunities for this recruitment cycle abound. In this episode of Admissions Live, we will demystify what PPY means for students, parents, and, especially, recruiters. Louis Hirsh, chair of NACAC’s Admissions Practices Committee and member of NACAC’s Steering Committee on Admissions Practices, Isaiah Tolbet, admission counselor at Nazareth College, and Megan McClean, Vice President of Policy and Federal Relations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), will talk strategies, counseling, and NACAC compliance for the upcoming travel season and beyond.
Adam CastroAdam Castro currently serves as the Vice President of Admissions at Mercy College, a private, multi-campus, comprehensive college in New York. His portfolio includes the areas of college admissions, marketing, branding, and analytics, and the Student Services Support Center. Prior to arriving at Mercy, Adam spent nearly fifteen years at Bloomfield College, the last seven as Vice President for Enrollment Management overseeing admissions, marketing, and financial aid. Adam is an active member of numerous organizations including the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), and NAFSA: Association for International Educators. He is also co-host of Admissions Live, a monthly professional development program on the Higher Ed Live network. A New Jersey resident, Adam received his master’s degree in Public Administration from Kean University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the Rutgers University School of Communication and Library Studies.
Louis L. Hirsh retired in June 2012 as Director of Admissions at the University of Delaware. He holds an A.B. with Honors in English and American Literature from Brandeis University and Master’s degrees in 16th and 17th century British literature from Columbia University.
During the summers of 2006, 2007, and 2008 he was a college panelist for NACAC’s program, “Directing a Dynamic College Counseling Office.” He has been on the faculty of the PCACAC Summer Institute each summer from 2007 to 2013, and he has been on admissions panels at the NACAC, PCACAC, and NJACAC annual conferences and at the College Board Middle States Regional and National Forums and a presenter at the December 2012 VACRAO Conference. In October 2015 he began a 2-year term as chair of NACAC’s Admissions Practices Committee and is also a member of NACAC’s Steering Committee on Admissions Practices.
Isaiah Tolbert is an admissions counselor at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. Isaiah recently transitioned from student life to admissions work and has more than 9 years of professional work experience in higher education. This past year, Isaiah and his colleagues enrolled the largest, most academically qualified, most visibly diverse, and most geographically diverse class in the college’s history. Because of his strength in student affairs and developing students, Isaiah manages the student ambassador program at Nazareth College, while also managing his home state of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and many of the states in the Southeast. In addition, Isaiah works with a sub-set of high schools in Rochester. He is a double-alumnus from Nazareth College with a bachelor degree in 2007 and a Master of Science in Management in 2016.
As a Vice President of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), Megan oversees the organization’s policy, federal relations, and advocacy efforts. Prior to joining NASFAA in the fall of 2010, she served as the Director of Government Relations for the federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, where she contributed to several congressionally mandated reports on the postsecondary access and persistence of low- and moderate- income students. Megan began her career in higher education as an admissions counselor at Penn State University. She received a master’s in higher education at Penn State and BA in political science from Allegheny College.