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. 

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. 

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.