Conference News

The following are news articles and fun facts published as NASFAA prepares for the 2018 NASFAA National Conference in Austin, TX.

April 19, 2018 - Department of Education to Lead Several Sessions at 2018 NASFAA National Conference

Several Department of Education (ED) interest sessions will be offered at the 2018 NASFAA National Conference in Austin and the popular "Ask a Fed" table will be set up in the exhibit hall so you can stop by to discuss Title IV-related questions with ED staff. Scheduled sessions will address today’s hot topics, including administering aid for transfer students, year-round Pell, return of Title IV funds, Direct Loan reconciliation, the 2018-19 FAFSA, cybersecurity, COD system updates, and student eligibility issues. Check out the full conference schedule for details about more great sessions.

April 17, 2018 - Solidify Your Professional Relationships at the 2018 National Conference

NASFAA's National Conference is your chance to network, learn, catch up with old friends, and make some new ones. If you have registered for the 2018 NASFAA National Conference in Austin, Texas, you can see who has also registered. Search the attendee list by institution/organization, state, or last name. Check back weekly as the list is updated to maximize your time in Austin. Don't miss the opportunity to solidify professional relationships by meeting face to face with someone who works across the state or the country who shares your financial aid challenges.

April 12, 2018 - Great Speakers Lined Up for the 2018 NASFAA National Conference

NASFAA is thrilled to have featured speakers Wes Moore and Lena Tenney joining us this year at the NASFAA National Conference. Tenney, a researcher and facilitation specialist at The Ohio State University Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, will lead Sunday's optional Pre-Conference Diversity Event on implicit bias. Moore, a U.S. Army combat veteran, best-selling author, and CEO of the Robin Hood foundation, will address attendees at Sunday's opening session. Head to the featured speakers page to learn more.

April 10, 2018 - Full Schedule for 2018 NASFAA National Conference Now Posted

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. Check out the full schedule for descriptions of all the sessions and planned activities, or search for specific sessions or content 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 — register today. Early-bird pricing ends April 27.

April 5, 2018 - Early-Bird Rate Ends This Month; Register Now to Save $100

Join over 2,200 financial aid professionals from across the country, June 24-27 in Austin, Texas, for the 2018 NASFAA National Conference. You'll ask questions and get answers from your colleagues and other experts in the field; exchange ideas, learn best practices, and discuss how other schools are serving students; and learn what public policy challenges to expect. The full conference schedule with interest session descriptions will be posted in the near future. Register before 5:00 p.m. ET April 27 to take advantage of early-bird pricing.

April 2, 2018 - Visit Austin Like an Insider

You are coming to Austin, aren't you? By attending the 2018 NASFAA National Conference — set for June 24-27, 2018 in Austin, Texas — you'll get timely sessions on the information you need, networking opportunities, and the boost of adrenaline that reminds you why you do what you do for students. Want to experience Austin as an "insider"? The Austin Convention and Visitor Bureau's website lists places to eat, drink, and experience the true spirit of the city with discount coupons to make it that much sweeter. Register for the conference today and come a few days early or stay for the weekend to find out what makes Austin "weird!"

March 22, 2018 - New This Year: Customize Your Pre-Conference Experience

New for the 2018 NASFAA National Conference, registered attendees will have three options for pre-conference sessions on Sunday, June 24 in Austin, TX. These sessions are included with your registration fee at no additional cost. NASFAA U is pleased to offer two in-person courses on Verification and Return of Title IV Funds. Conference attendees who participate in either course will receive a voucher for the associated credential test. The third exciting option is our Diversity Event on Implicit Bias, led by featured speaker Lena Tenney. Register for the conference today and start thinking about which pre-conference session you'll choose.

March 14, 2018 - Two In-Person NASFAA U Courses Will Be Offered This Year at the Conference

NASFAA U is pleased to offer two in-person courses in Austin as a precursor to the 2018 NASFAA National Conference: one on Verification and one on Return of Title IV Funds. These sessions are included with your registration fee at no additional cost. Conference attendees can participate in either course and receive a voucher for the associated credential test free of charge. Head to the Pre-Conference Sessions page to learn more about these in person courses and to read about our optional pre-conference Diversity Event on Implicit Bias, led by featured speaker Lena Tenney. 

March 13, 2018 - Coming to Austin? Pack Your Dancing Shoes!

If you'll be attending the 2018 NASFAA National Conference and want to experience Austin nightlife, join your colleagues Monday, June 25 from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. for the NASFAA Dance Party at The Speakeasy, an elegant nightclub with a roaring '20s vibe and a rooftop terrace overlooking the city. The venue also has vintage bowling lanes, pool tables, shuffleboard, and more. We’ve reserved the entire venue for your fun and enjoyment. Your evening will include an open bar, light snacks, and a performance by the Spazmatics, an ‘80s tribute band. Tickets are $49 per person and are available for purchase when you register for the conference.

March 7, 2018 - Thank You to Our 2018 National Conference Platinum Sponsors

The NASFAA National Conference is a team effort! When we convene in Austin, please help us thank our platinum level sponsors—Discover Student Loans, Sallie Mae, Inceptia, College Ave, and CommonBond—for their financial support and on-site participation that makes our conference so valuable to you, our attendees. Our sponsors are a key piece of the puzzle as they help make it possible for NASFAA to provide financial aid training, networking opportunities, and professional development at the conference.

February 22, 2018 - Justify Your Attendance

Are you eager to attend the 2018 NASFAA National Conference this summer in Austin, TX, but not sure your manager will approve the expense? NASFAA has created a toolkit of letters and worksheets that you can easily customize to help your manager understand the return they will see on this important investment. Now more than ever, the NASFAA National Conference serves to provide you with the training resources, political realities and advocacy pathways for student aid administration. Check out our customizable resources to get your manager's support to register for the conference.

February 1, 2018 - Volunteer to Serve on the 2018 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 2018 NASFAA Conference and participate in conference mentor activities just prior to the conference and on-site. If interested, please review the task force charter and complete the volunteer form by 5:00 p.m. ET Thursday, February 15.

January 31, 2018 - NASFAA Welcomes Lena Tenney as Pre-Conference Diversity Event Speaker

New for the 2018 NASFAA National Conference, registered attendees can take their pick of three pre-conference sessions offered at no additional cost: two in-person NASFAA U courses and a diversity session on implicit bias. NASFAA is pleased to have Lena Tenney, a researcher and facilitation specialist at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity's Race & Cognition Program, leading Sunday's pre-conference diversity event. The event will reinforce NASFAA’s commitment to diversity and equip attendees with a deeper understanding of the ways in which our implicit associations that operate unconsciously outside our awareness impact our decision making.

January 24, 2018 - Video: What to Expect at the NASFAA National Conference

Nearly 2,300 student aid professionals from across the nation attend the NASFAA National Conference each year to teach, learn, network, and share best practices. Watch this short video to see all the conference has to offer and register now to join us in Austin, Texas June 24-27 for the 2018 NASFAA National Conference.

January 16, 2018 - Registration Now Open for the 2018 NASFAA National Conference

Join us in Austin, Texas June 24-27 for the 2018 NASFAA National Conference. The NASFAA National Conference is the premier event serving the student financial aid community, drawing attendees from across the nation to teach, learn, network, and share best practices. We are thrilled to have U.S. Army combat veteran, best-selling author, and CEO of the Robin Hood foundation, Wes Moore as our opening session speaker and we’re looking forward to a great conference filled with excellent programming. Browse this conference website to learn more about what you can expect at the 2018 NASFAA National Conference and register to attend.

Publication Date: 4/18/2018

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