Conference News

The following are news articles and fun facts published as NASFAA prepares for the 2017 NASFAA National Conference in San Diego, CA.

June 30, 2017 - NASFAA National Conference Concludes With Call to Action, Inside the Beltway Rundown

The future and value of a higher education has been challenged recently, and financial aid administrators will play a large role in continuing to advocate for the importance of a postsecondary education—and for the students who choose to pursue that path. That was the message Billie Jo Hamilton, the newly-initiated 2017-18 NASFAA National Chair, passed along to the more than 2,000 financial aid professionals gathered at this year's National Conference. Read More >>

June 29, 2017 - NASFAA Bestows Awards, Updates Membership on Budget and Diversity Efforts at Annual Business Meeting

Conference attendees congregated yesterday for the Awards Luncheon And Business Meeting, where a number of deserving recipients were awarded and recognized. Many of the recipients accepted their awards in person, including 2016-17 NASFAA National Chair Lisa Blazer and Jeff Baker, director of the policy, liaison, and implementation staff at the Department of Education. The NASFAA membership also welcomed its new National Chair, Billie Jo Hamilton, and received an update on the state of affairs at NASFAA, including the association’s budget and diversity efforts.

June 29, 2017 - Day Three Highlights: An Update From ED, Financial Aid Best Practices, and Helping ‘First in Family’ Students

The third day of the 2017 NASFAA National Conference gave attendees the chance to hear from Department of Education (ED) Federal Student Aid representatives about current issues for the Title IV student aid programs and ED's activities. Attendees also had their pick of lots of great sessions on topics like financial aid best practices, developing "roadmaps" for first generation college students, and much more. Catch up on all the action on our 2017 Conference Summaries page.

June 28, 2017 - Day Two Highlights: Early FAFSA, Helicopter Parents, and 'Off The Cuff' Recording

The second day of the 2017 NASFAA National Conference offered attendees the opportunity to learn how their peers were adapting to the Early FAFSA and Prior-Prior Year, and how to work with overprotective parents. They also had the opportunity to watch the "Off The Cuff" team record this week's podcast. Catch up on all the action on our 2017 Conference Summaries page. And don't forget to follow along with all that's going on today on Facebook and Twitter using #NASFAA2017.

June 27, 2017 - NASFAA Conference Commences With Message on Fighting Injustice, Overcoming Obstacles

When confronted with a difficult moral situation, or facing a struggle against injustice, what would you do? That’s the question John Quiñones posed to the  financial aid professionals gathered in San Diego, CA for the 2017 NASFAA National Conference on Monday in his keynote address. Read on for more about the opening session and follow along with all that's going on today on Facebook and Twitter using #NASFAA2017 and on our 2017 Conference Summaries page.

June 26, 2017 - 2017 NASFAA National Conference Kicks Off Today

It's a beautiful day here in San Diego and we're gearing up for today's opening session with featured speaker John Quiñones. Follow along with all that's going on today on Facebook and Twitter using #NASFAA2017 and keep an eye on on our 2017 Conference Summaries page for frequent updates throughout the conference. Please note: email responses will be delayed while NASFAA’s Training and Regulatory Assistance staff are at the conference. However, NASFAA's AskRegs Knowledgebase will still be available to help you instantly find credible and reliable solutions to your most pressing regulatory and compliance questions.

June 23, 2017 - Special Conference Editions of Today's News Coming to You Next Week

An abbreviated version of Today's News will be coming to you live from San Diego Monday - Thursday next week with exciting updates about all that is going on at the 2017 NASFAA National Conference. Readers can expect the daily issue of Today's News to reach their inboxes later than usual while staff are in California for the conference. But remember, you don't have to wait for Today's News to keep up with what's going. NASFAA staff will be posting frequent updates and brief highlights from select sessions throughout the conference, on the Conference Summaries page—check back frequently.

June 20, 2017 - New Conference App Now Available

The NASFAA National Conference App is now available for all registered attendees. The app helps you check in at our self-service registration stations (if you have pre-paid your registration fee in full); mark agenda items as favorites or send them to your calendar to customize your schedule; view session descriptions, handouts, and evaluations; connect and exchange messages with colleagues, groups, and speakers; locate exhibitors and sponsors, and more. The app even gives you chances to earn points to win great prizes. Download the app today on your iOS or Android device using the App Store or Google Play. A web version is also available.

June 16, 2017 - Mentors and Networking Events for First-Time Conference Attendees

If you are interested in being matched with a conference mentor, complete the online response form by Monday, June 19. Signing up for a conference mentor will ensure you have someone to on hand to assist you with selecting conference sessions and answer pressing questions. It will also give you a familiar face to look for during breaks or meals at the conference. The First-Time Conference Attendees Kick-off Network Event will take place Monday, June 26 at 2:00 pm (Room 8). You do not need a conference mentor to take part in any of the planned activities for first-time conference attendees. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

June 16, 2017 - NASFAA Offers NCES DataLab Training at National Conference

This year NASFAA is pleased to offer a training for our graduate and professional members on how they may use data to answer questions related to important research topics on their student population. Based on a recommendation from our task force examining the lack of graduate-specific data, this session will share three online data analysis tools from the National Center for Education Statistics: QuickStats, PowerStats and TrendStats and teach members the basics of how to use them. The three tools allow users to interact with survey data through a graphic interface, and are able to quickly produce complex data tables and regressions.

June 9, 2017 - Time to Take Flight

Did you know that famous aviator Charles Lindbergh's historic 1927 non-stop flight to Paris started in San Diego? Lindbergh took off from San Diego in the Spirt of St. Louis on May 10, 1927, bound for St. Louis, New York, and, finally, Paris for the first solo transatlantic flight. In fact, San Diego International airport was originally known as Lindbergh Field in honor of the famous pilot.

June 5, 2017 - Join 'Off The Cuff' Live at the National Conference in San Diego

Are you a fan of NASFAA's policy podcast, "Off The Cuff"? Come join us for a live recording session at NASFAA's National Conference in San Diego. Justin, Megan, Stephen, and Allie will tape an episode giving you a behind-the scenes look as they fill the financial aid community in on the latest news in higher education, financial aid policy, and in the nation's capital. Don't miss out—"Off The Cuff" will record at 4:20 pm on Tuesday in the Exhibit Hall's Knowledge Corner.

June 2, 2017 - Happy Tony Hawk Day

In addition to celebrating Memorial Day on May 29, San Diegans also celebrated Tony Hawk Day, honoring the legendary skateboarder who hails from San Diego. The city bestowed the honor on "The Birdman" in 2014 in recognition of his philanthropic contributions to San Diego.

May 26, 2017 - May 31 Last Day to Cancel Hotel Reservations Without Penalty

As a friendly reminder, Wednesday, May 31, is the last day to cancel your hotel room for the 2017 NASFAA National Conference without penalty. If you have had a change of plans and will not be needing the room, please visit our Housing page to cancel your room. If you need to cancel your conference registration as well, complete the Conference Cancellation & Change of Attendee Form. If you do not cancel by 5:00 pm ET on May 31, you will be responsible for the full amount of the registration fees and will be billed.

May 24, 2017 - It’s Not All Work and No Play in San Diego

We've got lots of fun in store and you won't want to miss it! Relax with old friends, network with members, or chat with exhibitors at Monday's Opening Reception and Tuesday's Un-Wine’d Hour in the Exhibit Hall. Buy a baseball ticket and join your colleagues for a night at the ballpark Tuesday evening. The First-time Attendees Lounge is a great place to meet other first-time conference-goers. Online registration closes May 31; register today.

May 19, 2017 - Discover San Diego's Famous Missions

Did you know San Diego County is home to the most missions in the U.S.? In fact, the missionary monks, led by Father Junipero Serra, began their chain of 21 missions throughout California in San Diego. From the California Missions Trail, you can see Mission San Diego de Alcala, Mission San Luis Rey, Mission San Antonio de Pala and Mission Santa Ysabel. Be sure to visit these historic sites while attending the 2017 NASFAA National Conference. Online registration ends May 31 - book your spot today.

May 12, 2017 - Get Ready To Set Sail In San Diego

San Diego is home to the world’s oldest active sailing ship, The Star of India, which was built in 1863 and launched just five days before Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Restored in 1962, she sailed 21 times around the world before becoming a seaworthy museum ship home-ported at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. The Star still sails in the ocean by a volunteer crew, often remaining within sight of the coast returning to her dock within a day. 

May 5, 2017 - Extra Guacamole Please

Did you know San Diego produces the most avocados in the United States? It's true—the host site for the 2017 NASFAA National Conference produces 40 percent of all the avocados grown in California, which produces 90 percent of the nation's avocados. Join us in San Diego June 26 – 29 and get your avocado fix while networking with your colleagues.

April 21, 2017 - NASFAA Membership to Hold Annual Business Meeting June 28

As required in NASFAA’s Bylaws, NASFAA's annual Business Meeting and Awards Luncheon will be held at 12:45 pm on Wednesday, June 28 at the NASFAA National Conference at the San Diego Convention Center (Room 6). The meeting will include an awards presentation, remarks of appreciation and recognition, a report on NASFAA's financial status, a report from the chair of the Association Governance Committee and the passing of the gavel from 2016-17 National Chair Lisa Blazer to 2017-18 National Chair Billie Jo Hamilton.

April 21, 2017 - Life Is a Highway

San Diego's famous Coronado Bridge opened in 1969, crossing over San Diego Bay and linking San Diego with Coronado, California. The bridge opened to traffic on August 3, 1969, during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of San Diego, and the first person to drive across was none other that Ronald Reagan. See the bridge and so much more at the 2017 NASFAA National Conference.

April 14, 2017 - Full Schedule for 2017 NASFAA National Conference Now Available

Make the most of your time at the national conference by planning ahead. NASFAA offers a variety of learning formats — interest sessions, peer to peer sessions, and workshops — to maximize your educational experience. See the full schedule of activities, posted on the conference website under the "Learn" tab. Use the "Search Schedule" tab to search for sessions by typing in keywords, a presenter's name, or the title. Looking for a favorite speaker? Search the alphabetical Speaker List. The conference is packed with "must attend" sessions.

April 14, 2017 - Life is a Roller Coaster, So Enjoy the Ride

In addition to the sunshine and great beaches, San Diego is also home to the only roller coaster in the U.S. to be on the National Register of Historic Places. The Giant Dipper, a wooden roller coaster at Belmont Park in Mission Beach, reaches a height of 70 feet and a speed of 55 miles per hour. One of the most popular wooden roller coasters in the world, over 60 million people have ridden the Giant Dipper since its opening on May 17, 1924.

April 7, 2017 - Joining NASFAA in San Diego? Don't Forget Your Sunblock

Ready to say goodbye to winter? Then don't miss the 2017 NASFAA National Conference in San Diego, which boasts average temperatures of 70 degree all year long. Join us June 26 through 29 for four days of learning, networking, and a little sunshine in a city known for its ideal climate. 

April 6, 2017 - Volunteers Needed for 2017 Conference Mentor Task Force

Attending the NASFAA National Conference for the first time can be an overwhelming experience, even more so if you are attending alone. We want attendees to have a great time and come back year after year. While NASFAA has always hosted a welcome reception for first-time attendees and other networking events, we continue to look for creative ways to help first-time attendees connect with colleagues. All members of this task force will be required to attend the 2017 NASFAA Conference and participate in conference mentor activities just prior to the conference and on-site. Please review the task force charter on the volunteer information page and complete the volunteer form by April 12 if interested.

March 31, 2017 - One Order of Bamboo, Please... Don't Miss the San Diego Zoo

One of San Diego's must-see attractions, the San Diego Zoo boasts more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies. During your visit while at the NASFAA 2017 National Conference, be sure to grab a bite to eat at the Hua Mei Café, named after the first baby panda born in the Western Hemisphere since 1990. 

March 24, 2017 - Just Keep Swimming - Explore Birch Aquarium in San Diego

Looking for fun things to do during your down time at the 2017 NASFAA National Conference? Check out San Diego's Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the largest oceanographic museum in the US. With more than 60 habitats to explore, Birch Aquarium offers everything from seahorses to leopard sharks to the new Infinity Cube, an immersive installation that explores bioluminescence (opening April 7). 

March 17, 2017 - Oh, the Places You'll Go! Explore Your Own "Seussville" in San Diego

The University of California, San Diego's Geisel Library in La Jolla is home to the largest collection of original Dr. Seuss manuscripts and other materials in the world. Dr. Seuss – Theodore Seuss Geisel – was also a long-time San Diego resident. You can see his former house, which is also located in La Jolla, atop Mount Soledad, or visit what some believe to be Seuss's inspiration for the original Lorax tree in Scripps Park.

March 10, 2017 - Coming in for a Landing - Friday's San Diego Fun Fact

Wondering why San Diego International Airport is so crowded? It's because it is the busiest one-runway airport in the country, and the second busiest in the world, falling just behind London Gatwick. See for yourself when you travel to San Diego for the 2017 National Conference, June 26 through 29.

February 23, 2017 - Join Us at Petco Park for an Evening of Food, Fun, and Friends

The San Diego Padres moved to Petco Park in 2014. Petco Park is located downtown with breathtaking views of the Bay, the downtown skyline, and the Coronado Bridge. The most notable feature of Petco Park is the historic Western Metal Supply Co. building, which was incorporated into the ballpark by the left field foul pole. While you're in town for the 2017 NASFAA National Conference, join your colleagues to watch the San Diego Padres take on the Atlanta Braves. Baseball tickets are sold separately from conference registration.

February 15, 2017 - 2017 NASFAA National Conference to Offer Two In-Person NASFAA U Courses

NASFAA U is  pleased to offer two in-person courses during the 2017 National Conference: Cash Management and Professional Judgement. Both courses will take place Thursday morning, June 29, 8:30 to 11:30 am. Conference attendees can  participate in either course and receive a voucher for the associated credential test free of charge.

February 8, 2017 - Thank You to Our 2017 Platinum Conference Sponsors

NASFAA sends a hearty thank you to all of our sponsors who have already stepped up to help NASFAA deliver a great conference of financial aid training, networking, and professional development opportunities. In particular, we'd like to recognize our platinum level sponsors – Discover Student Loans, Sallie Mae, Inceptia, College Ave, and Goal Structured Solutions – for their financial support and on-site participation that makes our conference so valuable to our attendees. Check the schedule for all the special events in the Exhibit Hall.

January 19, 2017 - 2017 NASFAA National Conference Will Kick Off Monday, June 26 in San Diego

As always at the NASFAA National Conference, in 2017 you'll have ample opportunities to teach, learn, network, and share best practices with your colleagues from across the country. There are a couple of changes to note this year: the conference is taking place a bit earlier than in past years—in June, rather than July—and starting on Monday afternoon, rather than Sunday morning.

Publication Date: 6/30/2017

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