Conference News

The following are news articles and fun facts published as NASFAA prepared for the 2016 NASFAA National Conference in Washington, DC

July 1, 2016 - Explore NASFAA's SOE Review Program at the National Conference

For over 15 years, NASFAA's Standards of Excellence Review Program has provided schools with the opportunity to remove the risk of potential audit and program review findings. Want to learn more? Two schools will share their experiences with the SOE program during a session on Sunday from 4:15-5:15 pm. If you would like to schedule a time to discuss how the SOE program can help your school, please contact Mandy Sponholtz, SOE Administrator, at

June 30, 2016 - Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell to Speak at Tuesday’s ED Federal Update Conference Session

Mitchell, who has served in this post since his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on May 8, 2014 following his nomination by President Obama, reports to Secretary of Education John King and oversees policies, programs, and activities related to postsecondary education, adult, career and technical education, federal student aid, five White House Initiatives, and the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. At Tuesday afternoon’s Federal Update session, Mitchell will discuss the Department of Education’s top priorities and regulatory efforts.

June 27, 2016 - Attention First-Time Attendees: We've Got a Lot of Great Networking Events on Tap for You

The First-Time Conference Attendees’ Kick-Off Networking Event on Sunday will give you the chance to meet the NASFAA National Chair, task force members, your Conference Mentor if you indicated you'd like one, NASFAA staff and members, and other first-time attendees. If you plan to attend, bring a small school item (magnet, water bottle, etc.) and a large stack of business cards to hand out to new friends. And don't forget to swing by the First-Time Attendee Lounge throughout the conference to meet new contacts, make introductions, and rendezvous with friends and colleagues before heading to sessions or meals.

June 24, 2016 - Conference Travel Advisory: Metro Delays Likely When You're in DC—Please Plan Travel Accordingly

Please be aware that the DC Metrorail system is anticipating significant crowding and delays during the national conference due to the Washington Metro Authority's SafeTrack plan. Metrorail service between the Reagan National Airport and DC will not be available via Metro from July 12 through July 18, 2016. Reagan National Airport will be served via shuttle bus to/from the Pentagon City & Braddock Road Metrorail stations. We strongly encourage you to consider alternate transportation methods. You may wish to use taxi cabs, Uber, Lyft, or SuperShuttle.

June 16, 2016 - Work Underway for NASFAA's 2016 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. Last year NASFAA introduced a conference mentor program, which received great feedback from both mentors and attendees. The 2016 Conference Mentor Task Force is currently hard at work developing programing to engage first-time attendees throughout the conference. If you will be attending the conference for the first time and are interested in being matched with a Conference Mentor, please complete our online response form by Tuesday, June 28.

June 10, 2016 - Tell Us Which Conference Event You Plan to Attend on Wednesday, July 13

As a 2016 NASFAA National Conference registrant, you can attend one of three events the morning of Wednesday, July 13 from 8:30 - 11:00 am: our Inside the Beltway general session, the NASFAA University Administrative Capability course, or the NASFAA University Consumer Information course. For planning purposes, we need to know which event you plan to attend. If you haven't already, please use this online form to submit your selection by 5:00 pm ET on Friday, June 17.

June 8, 2016 - Thank You to Silver NASFAA National Conference Sponsor ECMC

ECMC understands that limited resources often serve as a hurdle to student success, but ECMC's Solutions is here to help. ECMC provides innovative, impactful services and award-winning tools that get results and high praise from students and schools alike. From college access through repayment, Solutions offers customized options to meet your goals

June 2, 2016 - NASFAA U Credential Earners to Be Recognized at 2016 Conference

Congratulations to the all of the individuals who have earned one or more NASFAA U professional credentials. Credential earners who are registered for the conference should stop by the NASFAA Booth during exhibit hall hours to pick up a gift recognizing their achievement. In addition, at the Opening Session on Sunday, all credentialed professionals will be asked to stand and be recognized by the National Chair. Professional credential earners are also encouraged to take advantage of the seats reserved for them at Monday and Tuesday’s luncheons and the VIP lounge set up just for them during Monday’s the Un-Wine'd reception.

May 11, 2016 -  Purchase NASFAA Gear and 50th Anniversary Memorabilia Before NASFAA Pop-Up Shop Closes May 15

To celebrate NASFAA's 50th anniversary, NASFAA offers members the opportunity to purchase NASFAA gear and 50th anniversary memorabilia. The store will be available for a very limited time only, April 25 to May 15, 2016, so hurry and purchase items for yourself, your staff, and your colleagues for upcoming birthdays, work anniversaries, and holiday gifts. This is also an opportunity to buy some fun NASFAA swag to rock at the 2016 NASFAA National Conference and 50th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, DC.

May 4, 2016 - Volunteer for NASFAA's 2016 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 2016 NASFAA Conference and participate in conference mentor activities just prior to the conference and on-site. Please review the task force charter and complete the volunteer form by Wednesday, May 18 at 5:00 pm ET, if interested.

April 29, 2016 - Early Bird Registration Extended – Register Today So You Don’t Miss Action-Packed ED Sessions

Twenty-six Department of Education (ED) interest sessions will be offered at this year's National Conference in Washington, DC including two Federal Town Hall Meetings held during different time slots. Scheduled sessions will address today's hot topics, including satisfactory academic progress for Title IV eligibility, cash management, gainful employment, Early FAFSA® and use of prior-prior year income, and more. Early bird conference registration has been extended by two weeks. Check out all the ED sessions and times for Federal Town Hall Meetings and register by Friday, May 20 to save $100.

April 27, 2016 - Thank You to CollegeAve, Discover Student Loans, Sallie Mae and Inceptia

NASFAA would like to recognize our 2016 Platinum conference sponsors who help NASFAA deliver a great conference filled with financial aid training, new products, networking, and professional development opportunities. Thank you to CollegeAveDiscover Student Loans, Sallie Mae, and Inceptia for their financial support and on-site participation which help to make our conference more valuable for our 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. 

April 13, 2016 - Receive AFCPE CEUs Attending NASFAA National Conference in Washington, DC

The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) has approved NASFAA Interest Sessions for twelve Continuing Education Units (CEUs). For every hour spent in one of the interest sessions, you will receive one hour of credit up to twelve hours. On your registration form, please check "Yes - I am AFCPE certified and would like to receive CEUs." Upon completion of the session(s), attendees need to complete the Participation Verification Form; CEU credit will be given to participating individuals who are AFCPE certified and attendees of the conference. 

April 6, 2016 - NASFAA Needs YOU — Volunteers in Washington, DC Can Earn a One-Day Pass to the 2016 Conference

Volunteers are needed July 9-12 to assist with various projects at the 2016 National Conference. Volunteers who work at the registration counter or information desk for 4.5 hours or more will receive a complimentary, one-day pass to attend conference sessions on any day of their choosing. The pass does not include meals or evening receptions and is non-transferable. To learn more and select a volunteer opportunity, visit the volunteer page.

March 30, 2016 - Find Inspiration and Energy at the 2016 NASFAA National Conference

The Wall Street Journal recently ran a great article about the value of attending conferences, offering tips and tricks to help justify your attendance at NASFAA's 2016 National Conference. "Some of the richest takeaways from a conference can be difficult to quantify," according to the Journal. "Sometimes you get inspiration and energy just from being around smart people with good ideas." If you need even more help explaining the value of the conference to your supervisor or institutional president, download NASFAA's customizable justification letter.

March 23, 2016 - Connect With Conference Attendees Before and During the Conference

If you are planning to attend the NASFAA Conference this July, don't wait until you are at the conference to begin connecting and networking with other attendees. Join the 2016 NASFAA National Conference LinkedIn group today to see who else is going, share information, and plan ahead for your time in Washington, DC. Stay connected during the conference with all of NASFAA's social media outlets.

March 10, 2016 - Two Complimentary NASFAA University Courses Offered During Conference

Here's a great opportunity to experience a NASFAA University course free of charge. NAFSAA is pleased to offer two in-person courses during the 2016 National Conference: Consumer Information and Administrative Capability. Both courses will take place the morning of Wednesday, July 13, from 8:30 to 11:30 am in a workshop format. As a conference attendee, you can choose to participate in either course and receive a voucher for the associated credential test free of charge. Registration for these courses is not required. Seats will be filled on a first come, first served basis. 

March 3, 2016 - Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan in Washington, DC

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. Using the Search Schedule tab, 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 packed with "must attend" sessions.

February 25, 2016 - What’s Shakin’ at the 2016 NASFAA National Conference

All conference attendees are invited to kick off the conference by attending NASFAA's 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Dance on Sunday, July 10. Join your friends, colleagues, board members, retirees, and NASFAA staff in celebrating 50 years of working together to make a college education a reality for students. Dance to live music, have dinner, share a picture with your friends on social media, enjoy the entertainment, and much more. It all takes place 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

February 17, 2016 - Solidify Your Professional Relationships at the 2016 National Conference

NASFAA's National Conference and 50th Anniversary celebration is your chance to network, learn, catch up with old friends, and make some new ones. If you have already registered for the 2016 NASFAA National Conference, you can see who has already registered on the conference website. Search the attendee list by institution/organization, state, or last name. Check back weekly as the list is updated to maximize your time in Washington, DC. 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.

February 8, 2016 - NASFAA Welcomes Jeannette Walls as Sunday’s Opening Session Speaker at the 2016 National Conference

NASFAA is thrilled to have best-selling author Jeannette Walls as the opening session speaker on July 10 at the 2016 National Conference in Washington, DC. Walls is best known for her memoir, "The Glass Castle," which describes growing up in the desert of the American Southwest and then in a West Virginia mining town with her three siblings and her brilliant, unorthodox, irresponsible parents.

February 3, 2016 - Select One of Three Great Washington, DC Hotels When You Register for the 2016 Conference

NASFAA members can choose from three hotels, after they register for the 2016 NASFAA National Conference in Washington, DC, ranging in price from $203 to $229 per night. Your conference registration confirmation email will contain a link to the hotel registration. All the conference activities will take place at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The Omni Shoreham Hotel is a block from the Marriott. The Washington Hilton is a fourteen-minute walk. A free NASFAA shuttle will run to and from the Hilton every day of the conference beginning Sunday, July 10.

Publication Date: 6/24/2016

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