Conference News

The following are snippets of news and fun facts published as NASFAA prepares for the 2015 NASFAA Conference in New Orleans.

Conference News Items

The latest from Today's News and other sources. 

Receive a Confidential Assessment of Your Office's Operations with NASFAA's Standards of Excellence Review Program

July 13, 2015 - Is your school facing an upcoming program review, annual audit, or accreditation review? Do you wish that you had more of a peace of mind when it came time for reviews at your institution? Contact NASFAA’s SOE Administrator with questions or join us for a session on “NASFAA’s Peer Review Program,” Tuesday, July 21 from 9:00 am-10:00 am at the National Conference in New Orleans to learn how NASFAA’s Standards of Excellence (SOE) Program can assist you.

Learn More About NASFAA’s Upcoming 50th Anniversary

July 2, 2015 - Going to this year's National Conference in New Orleans? On Monday evening, July 20, all NASFAA Conference attendees are invited to participate in NASFAA's 50th Anniversary Kick-off Parade down the streets of New Orleans! Also, be sure to visit the 50th Anniversary Task Force's table near the NASFAA Registration Desk to find out more about the celebrations planned for next year and check out the time capsule we'll have on display. You can even offer suggestions for items to place in the capsule!

Stay On Schedule At The NASFAA Conference With The Mobile-Friendly MySchedule Tool

July 1, 2015 - With less than three weeks before the start of the NASFAA National Conference, now is a great time to check out the NASFAA Conference mobile-optimized site. Whether you're on your phone, tablet, or other mobile device, the site allows you to search the conference schedule, view exhibitors, and get local travel and activity information in an on-the-go format. You can also access your schedule with the MySchedule tool, which stays in sync with your desktop view. Don’t forget to add a bookmark to your home screen for easy access to your information during the conference.

Lend Your Voice to a Facilitated Discussion on Research Financial Aid Practitioners Want and Need

June 30, 2015 - NASFAA is collaborating with the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) in a yearlong effort to help researchers better tailor their work to the needs of financial aid administrators. You are invited to attend a facilitated discussion at the 2015 NASFAA National Conference to provide input to researchers about how their work can be made more applicable in your day-to-day life as a financial aid administrator. These sessions will be held in Imperial 3 - Level 4 (Hyatt Regency New Orleans) on Monday and Tuesday morning from 8:00 - 8:45 am and Tuesday afternoon from 4:15 - 5:15 pm. Please contact etierc@nasfaa.org with any questions.

Learn About Events for First-Time Attendees and Sign Up for a Conference Mentor

June 29, 2015 - There are over 400 first-time attendees who attend the National Conference each year, and this year, we have a special program packed full of fun and opportunities! Join us for all of the First-time Attendee Networking Events, including events in the First-Time Attendee Lounge where you can win fabulous prizes and network with colleagues. If you are attending the conference for the first time and would like a conference mentor, please complete this quick online form.

Final Day To Cancel Your Conference Registration And Receive A Refund

June 26, 2015 - If you wish to cancel your conference registration, you must do so by 5:00 pm ET today, otherwise you will be responsible for the full amount of the registration fees and will be billed (cancellation fees will apply). If someone will be attending the conference in your place, please print and complete the Change of Attendee Form and fax it to (202) 785-1487 or email to membership@NASFAA.org before 5:00 pm ET. After today, your replacement will need to bring the change form with them to the on-site Registration counter.  Once the replacement is noted, a new badge will be created and no cancellation fees will apply.

Tomorrow Is The Last Day For Conference-Rate Hotel Reservations & Online Registration

June 25, 2015 - If you have not already done so, book your hotel room for the NASFAA National Conference in New Orleans today. After tomorrow, June 26, the NASFAA-negotiated rate is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. To make, cancel or change your reservation please visit the Housing information page. June 26 is also the last day to register online for the conference. After 5:00 pm ET tomorrow, you will need to complete our on-site registration form and bring it to the Registration counter in the Hyatt Regency New Orleans to register.

Poll The Pros Results Are In!

June 23, 2015 - NASFAA recently asked members to weigh in on whether we’re in the midst of a student loan crisis. There was an almost even split between the 117 responses, with nearly 53 percent saying they disagree there is a crisis and 47 percent saying they agree there is a crisis. If you have yet to chime in, take the poll and don't forget to come lend your voice to a lively debate on this topic, held during a 9:00 am General Session on Monday, July 20 at the National Conference in New Orleans. Two teams will present vigorous, reasoned arguments on whether student debt has grown to crisis levels for students and the economy.

First Time At The Conference? Check Out Your Special Program!

June 23, 2015 - There are over 400 first-time attendees who attend the National Conference each year, and this year, we have a special program packed full of fun and opportunities! Join us for all of the First-time Attendee Networking Events, including events in the First-Time Attendee Lounge where you can win fabulous prizes and network with colleagues. If you are attending the conference for the first time and would like a conference mentor, please complete this quick online form!

NASFAA Needs YOU! Volunteers In New Orleans Can Earn A One-Day Pass To The NASFAA 2015 Conference

June 22, 2015 - Volunteers are needed at various times July 19-21 to assist with local arrangement responsibilities at the 2015 National Conference in New Orleans. Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet and greet your colleagues from all over the nation! To select a volunteer opportunity, visit the conference website. Volunteers who work at the registration counter or information desk for 4.5+ hours will receive a complimentary, one-day pass to attend conference sessions on any day of their choosing. The one-day pass does not include meals or evening receptions and is not transferable. Thank you to those of you who have already signed up to volunteer!

Poll The Pros: Are Student Loans A Crises For Students And The Economy?

June 18, 2015 - Weigh in and tell us where you stand on the reality of a student loan crisis. And don't forget to come lend your voice to a lively debate on this topic, held at the New Orleans National Conference in a 9:00 am General Session on Monday, July 20. Two teams will present vigorous, reasoned arguments on whether student debt has grown to crisis levels for students and the economy.

You've Got to Play to Win! Sign up Today to Play ScanTrivia in New Orleans

June 18, 2015 - It’s easy in the Big Easy! Join the fun and the folks who have already earned 25 points toward fun prizes and special rewards in New Orleans. Sign up for our ScanTrivia game today and start earning points right away. Answer trivia questions about NASFAA, New Orleans, and conference exhibitors to earn points. Using your mobile device, scan the first QR Code right now on the website to earn your first 25 points. Rewards and prizes will be given throughout the conference and the final rewards will be presented Tuesday at the Awards Lunch. Register for the conference today.

Is There A Student Loan Crisis?

June 17, 2015 - Do you believe the U.S. is experiencing a student loan crisis? Come lend your voice to a lively debate on this topic, held at the New Orleans National Conference in a 9:00 am General Session on Monday, July 20. Two teams will present vigorous, reasoned arguments on whether student debt has grown to crisis levels for students and the economy. Audience members will play a role in determining the winner by voicing their opinion via text message both before and after the teams make their case. Moderating the debate is ABC News correspondent John Donvan, moderator of NPR's Intelligence Squared debate series.

NASFAA University Will Hold Half-Day Workshops At The National Conference

June 16, 2015 - NASFAA U will be offering two half-day workshops in conjunction with the 2015 NASFAA National Conference. The workshops are complimentary to registered conference attendees, but registration for the workshop is required to ensure a spot; choose one (or more) of the workshops, which include Professional Judgment and Cost of Attendance. Completion of these training sessions qualifies the participant to sit for the NASFAA Professional Credential Test.

Don’t Miss all the Action in the Exhibit Hall in New Orleans!

June 10, 2015 - In the Exhibit Hall, which opens with the Sunday night opening reception, you can chat with exhibitors about new products, catch the continental breakfast, play ScanTrivia, catch up with friends, and more. Don’t miss the “Exclusive Exhibit Hall Only Hour” and the "Un-Wine-d Hour " reception on Monday. Use the new, digital photo booth to upload your photos to Facebook or Twitter. Swing by the First-time Attendees Lounge to meet other first-time conference-goers. And be sure to say hello to NASFAA staff at the NASFAA Booth and hear some live jazz from a local performer! Check the program for full Exhibit Hall hours. 

Come Explore Beautiful, Magical New Orleans with NASFAA!

June 5, 2015 - If you are registered for the National Conference in New Orleans (and you should be, since today is the last day to save $100 on your registration!), you’ll soon discover for yourself what a fabulous city it is. Experience everything from the early Spanish architecture, spectacular French influence on food and customs, the colorful mystical voodoo legends, the unmatched music contributions both Dixieland and Opera, the Saints, the parades, and more! Join us for both the serious and fun side of New Orleans.

Thank You To Our 2015 Gold Conference Sponsors

June 3, 2015 - NASFAA extends a hearty thank you to all of our sponsors who have stepped up to help NASFAA deliver a great conference filled with financial aid training, networking, and professional development opportunities. In particular, we'd like to recognize our Gold level sponsors – Great Lakes, Cegment (formerly Student Aid Services), and Campus Logic - for their financial support and on-site participation, which help to make our conference more valuable for attendees. Please visit the exhibit hall to speak directly with our sponsors and learn how their products and services can help you achieve your goals.

Beware: Illegitimate Housing Company Offering To Book NASFAA Conference Housing

May 29, 2015 - NASFAA has received multiple reports of people getting unsolicited calls from companies claiming to work with NASFAA and offering to help you reserve a hotel room for the 2015 and 2016 NASFAA National Conferences. NASFAA’s housing company, Orchid Event Solutions, will never call you to reserve your room. We are investigating how these companies are obtaining contact information, as we have not distributed any registration lists. If you have reserved a room via one of these phone calls, please cancel that reservation and secure housing through our contracted and secure provider. Information on how to reserve a room for the 2015 NASFAA National Conference can be found on our website. Housing for the 2016 NASFAA National Conference is not yet open.

Sign Up Today to Play ScanTrivia in New Orleans

May 27, 2015 - New Orleans is a fun city and we are making it even MORE fun! Sign up for our ScanTrivia game today and start earning points right away. Answer trivia questions about NASFAA, New Orleans, and conference exhibitors to earn points. Using your mobile device, scan the first QR Code right now on the website to earn your first 25 points. You have to play to win. Rewards will be given throughout the conference and the final reward will be handed out Tuesday at the Awards Lunch. Save $100 by registering for the conference before June 5. 

Video: Learn All About The NASFAA National Conference

May 22, 2015 - Watch our short video to hear from past conferees about why they look forward to attending the NASFAA conference each year. Attending will give you a valuable opportunity to learn, network, and share best practices with others in the field of financial aid. Register for the 2015 NASFAA National Conference to join nearly 3,000 financial aid professionals from across the country July 19 - July 22 in New Orleans to explore the ever-evolving world of student aid. Save $100 by registering before June 5!

Who's Going to New Orleans? Check the National Conference Attendee List

May 20, 2015 - NASFAA's National Conference is your chance to network, learn, catch up with old friends, and make some new ones. You can see who has already registered for the 2015 NASFAA National Conference (currently we have more than 1,700 registrants) on the conference website. Search by last name, state, or school. Check back weekly as the list is updated to maximize your time in New Orleans. Don't miss having face time with someone who works across the state or the country and who shares your financial aid challenges. Save $100 by registering before June 5!

Thank You To Our 2015 Platinum Conference Sponsors

May 13, 2015 - NASFAA extends a hearty thank you to all of our sponsors who have stepped up to help NASFAA deliver a great conference filled with financial aid training, networking, and professional development opportunities. In particular, we'd like to recognize our Platinum level sponsors - CEANNATE, USA Funds, Discover Student Loans, Sallie Mae, and Inceptia - for their financial support and on-site participation, which help to make our conference more valuable for attendees. Please visit the exhibit hall to speak directly with our sponsors and learn how their products and services can help you achieve your goals. Early-bird registration for the conference ends May 30.

Earlier Exhibit Hall Hours Include Continental Breakfast Monday and Tuesday

May 6, 2015 - As you plan ahead to make the most of your time at the conference, please note we have new, earlier hours for the exhibit hall where the continental breakfast will be served on Monday and Tuesday mornings starting at 8:00 am. If you haven’t checked it out yet, see the full schedule of activities, posted on the conference website under the Learn tab. Using the Search Schedule link, you can search for sessions by typing keywords, a presenter's name, or the title. Looking for a favorite speaker? Search the alphabetical Speaker List. The conference is again packed with "must attend" sessions.

Receive AFCPE CEUs Attending NASFAA National Conference in New Orleans

April 29, 2015 - The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) has approved six of NASFAA Interest Sessions for six Continuing Education Units (CEUs). For every hour spent in one of these interest sessions, you will receive one hour of credit. On your registration form, please check “Yes! I want to earn AFCPE CEUs.” Upon completion of the session, attendees need to complete the Participation Verification Form; CEU credit will be given to participating individuals. Register today! 

Only 10 Days Left To Submit Your Application For The Big Idea: NASFAA’s Policy Challenge

April 21, 2015 - Attention all creative minds with an interest in financial aid policy! During the 2015 NASFAA Conference in New Orleans, a small group of passionate thinkers will be invited to participate in The Big Idea: NASFAA's Policy Challenge. It will be a game show-style event where financial aid administrators, researchers and other interested stakeholders will have the chance to present their innovative policy ideas to reform and improve federal student aid programs and policies. NASFAA members and non-members alike are encouraged to apply. Read on to learn more about the prizes and the application process.

Department Of Education to Hold 13 Action-Packed Sessions at 2015 NASFAA Conference

April 15, 2015 - Thirteen Department of Education interest sessions will be offered at the National Conference in New Orleans, including Federal Town Hall Meetings held during three different time slots. Scheduled sessions will address today’s hot topics, including 150% - A Life Cycle Overview; 150% Direct Subsidized Loan Limits; COD Update; Consumer Information Requirements; Verification for 2016-17; and more! Most sessions will be offered twice so that you won’t miss any of the action and updates. Check out all the Department of Education sessions and times for Federal Town Hall Meetings, and register for the 2015 Conference today!

'Plan Your Work And Work Your Plan' In New Orleans

April 8, 2015 – Plan ahead to make the most of your time at the conference. If you haven’t checked it out yet, see the full schedule of activities, posted on the conference website under the Learn tab. Using the Search Schedule tab, you can search for sessions by typing key words, a presenter's name, or the title. Type in “Department of Education” for the list of 35 Department of Education sessions. Looking for a favorite speaker? Search the alphabetical Speaker List. The conference is again packed with "must attend" sessions. Register now!  

Network With Your Peers At Sector Caucus Meetings In New Orleans – RSVP Required

April 1, 2015 – NASFAA will hold pre-conference caucus meetings for community colleges, proprietary institutions, four-year publics, and independent colleges at the NASFAA National Conference on Sunday, July 19, from 10:30 am - 11:45 am. On Monday, July 20, graduate and professional schools are invited to a sector networking breakfast from 8:00 am - 8:45 am. To attend any of these events, you must be registered for the conference, as full registrant or as a daily registrant for Sunday or Monday. To RSVP, complete this quick online form by 5:00 pm ET, Friday, June 19. NASFAA policy staff and representatives from other associations will facilitate the discussions and collect feedback.

Connect with Conference Attendees Before and During The Conference

March 25, 2015 – If you are planning to attend the NASFAA Conference this July – the premier event serving the financial aid community – don’t wait until you are at the conference to begin connecting and networking with other attendees. Join the 2015 NASFAA National Conference LinkedIn group today to see who else is going, share information, and plan ahead for your time in New Orleans. Stay connected during the conference with all of NASFAA’s social media outlets and, if you have yet to register, do so before May 30 to save $100.

Fun Facts

Explore, discover, and enjoy your stay in New Orleans. 

Traveling To New Orleans? Check Out Some Books About The Big Easy!

Wondering what to do on the plane ride to and from NASFAA's National Conference? Ease into the ambience and charms of New Orleans before takeoff with great books set in New Orleans! Whether your tastes are Anne Rise or Nora Roberts, this list has some good reads for you. Find a mystery that takes place during Mardi Gras in the 1940’s or a book about two chefs who wanted to open a restaurant with all alcohol-based dishes. Register for the conference today and happy reading!

For A Royal Experience, Don't Miss New Orleans’ Royal Street

After a busy day at the NASFAA National Conference this July, take a stroll to experience the more refined and elegant side of the French Quarter on Royal Street. Just one block over from the famous (and boisterous) Bourbon Street, Royal Street is an eye-pleasing mix of classy antique shops, boutiques, fine jewelry stores, and world-class art galleries. Here you will find excellent hotels and restaurants such as Brennan’s, Mr. B’s, Court of the Two Sisters, and Pere Antoine’s.

Get Your Fill of Live Music in the French Quarter

In a city famous for music, the streets of the French Quarter are busy every night of the week. Unique and storied downtown clubs and restaurants boast a variety of music. Pop into the Carousel Bar while in town; it's a merry-go-round bar located in the famous Moteleone Hotel that has been revolving since its installation in 1949. Or check out LaFitte’s Blacksmith Shop-- built during the 1720s, it's regarded as the oldest structure to be used as a bar in the United States.

A Streetcar Named... NASFAA?

In New Orleans, they call their vintage electric rail vehicles streetcars - never trolleys. New Orleans was the first city west of the Allegheny Mountains to implement passenger rail service. There are three different lines: St. Charles, Canal Street, and the Riverfront, each of which originates downtown but takes you to different parts of the city. The St. Charles Line is the oldest continuously operating streetcar in the world. For fare and route information, visit the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority.

Going to New Orleans? Test Your New Orleans Trivia Knowledge!

NOLA TNWhy is it called the Crescent City? (It has nothing to do with rolls, but food is a key element to the charm and ambiance of New Orleans—ask any Café du Monde beignet!) What is a beignet? Why is each seat in the Superdome a different color than the one next to it? When was the city founded? Which school of business is the oldest college of commerce in the U.S.? Check out the Experience New Orleans website for the answers to all these, and more.

Tom Hanks is in New Orleans at the National World War II Museum!

The #4 ranked museum in the U.S. and #11 worldwide is in New Orleans—the National World War II Museum. One of the most moving exhibits is Beyond All Boundaries, a 4D journey through the war that changed the world. Narrated by executive producer Tom Hanks, it features dazzling effects, CGI animation, and first-person accounts from the trenches to the home front read by Brad Pitt, Tobey Maguire, Gary Sinise, Patricia Clarkson, and more. The museum is a treasure trove of exhibits and memorabilia that will make everyone pause and be thankful.

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