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NASFAA 2014 Interest Session Proposals

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2013

Please read the information below before submitting a proposal. 

Session Formats

Interest Session

This is the standard 1 hour 15 minute session time slot that NASFAA has used for many years. The session typically consists of approximately 1 hour of presentation and 15 minutes for Q and A. 

Peer to Peer Session

Forget about the long PowerPoint presentation and think more interactively about your education session. PowerPoint use is limited in these sessions. The Presenter/Moderator sets objectives and goals for the audience, discusses the topic for no more than 25 minutes and then uses the remaining time to guide and facilitate a discussion with the audience.

Half-Day Workshop

Do you have a more in-depth or advanced session you would like to offer, but cannot fit it into the 1 hour 15 minute timeframe? NASFAA will accept a limited number of ½ day workshops. These sessions will run 2 hour and 30 minutes with a 15 minute break. 

How to Submit

Space is limited. Please read the information below and then use the link at the bottom of the page to submit your proposal. Please be sure to select the appropriate "Session Format" field when submitting.

The Committee recognizes that an outline or detailed description may not be available at this early date. Sessions may be submitted without the detailed description and may be selected conditionally if space permits. If your session is selected on the condition that a detailed description be submitted and approved, you will be notified as such and will then need to submit that information no later than January 31, 2014. 

To increase your chance of acceptance, we recommend presenters submit an outline or detailed session description. The Committee will only accept 50 sessions. 

Criteria for Proposals

  • Please use the topical areas identified as a guideline for your submission. 
  • The proposal should be clearly written, logically organized and complete. A complete proposal contains: 
    1. Session title; 
    2. Session description of 100 words or less to be used in the printed program;
    3. An outline or detailed description of 1500 words or less that will be used by the committee to determine acceptance; and
    4. A moderator and at least two presenters (exception: peer-to-peer sessions only require one presenter) 
  • Offer diverse perspectives in terms of the panel representation. School type, size, and control will all be considered in terms of the diversity of the panelists. 
  • Topic should address school solutions to topics of concern to financial aid administrators 
  • The proposal should not focus on (or market) a particular product or service 
  • Sessions that include school presenters are given the greatest weight. 

Important Information

  • Compose the session description with word processor before submitting it online. Be sure to check spelling and word count to ensure it conforms with guidelines.
  • Multiple proposals from a single submitter may be considered, but NASFAA reserves the right to limit the number of sessions presented by any single individual.
  • NASFAA reserves the right to record all sessions presented at its conference and possibly offer the recordings for sale.
  • Presenters must submit their handouts to NASFAA by June 1, 2014 for posting to the NASFAA website.
  • If your session is accepted, all presenters and moderators must register for the conference and pay the appropriate conference registration fee prior to the conference.
  • Those who submit a session proposal must inform all presenters and the moderator that they are submitting their name on a session proposal for consideration by the National Conference Committee. Make sure presenters and moderators are aware of the policies listed above. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of a session.

Proposal Review, Selection and Notification Process 

The criteria for review of the proposals mirrors the criteria for a proposal. NASFAA’s National Conference Committee reviews and evaluates all proposals based on the relevance of the topic to our conference theme and to the industry, session description, number and type of presenters, and whether the proposal provides an innovative solution to a financial aid issue. The Committee may also develop additional sessions on topics that have not been covered in the submitted proposals. The overall program is crafted to ensure all subject areas are equitably covered and meet the needs of attendees who are in various stages of their careers - from entry level to the most seasoned executives. Proposal submitters will receive the committee’s decision by mid-December.

Interest Session Topical Areas 

The 2014 Conference Committee is seeking session proposals on the following topics. 

Compliance Track

  • Program Issues (Grant/Work Study/Scholarships): subject matter related to grant and work programs at the federal, state, and institutional level as well as scholarships 
  • Program Issues (Loans): subject matter related to administering loan programs (may include institutional programs) 
  • Regulatory Issues: subject matter concerning federal regulations effective July 1, 2013, including implementation of said regulations, implementation of federal regulations with effective dates other than July 1, 2013, and/or compliance with federal regulations with effective dates before or after 2013 
  • Technology/Software Conversion Issues: subject matter related to the use of technology to improve the administration of financial aid and communication with students, campus, and community at large; topics related to changing from one system to another

Enrollment & Retention Track

  • Consumer Information and Customer Service: subject matter related to information that must be disclosed to students or that enhances the interaction between the financial aid office and students 
  • Diversity Issues/Student Access & Success: topics concerning efforts to improve college access and increase the number under-represented groups in postsecondary education or the financial aid profession 
  • Enrollment Management: subject matter includes the interaction of campus offices such as the registrar, student accounts, and admissions with the aid office to assist in recruitment, retention, meeting institutional goals 
  • Financial Literacy: subject matter related to early awareness, planning and budgeting for college, and making good fiscal decisions before, during and after college.

Graduate and Professional Issues Track

  • Includes subject matter unique to institutions offering graduate and professional degrees 

Leadership/Manager’s Track

  • Communication, Leadership & Student Aid Management: topics concerning the act of getting people together to accomplish desired goals and objectives including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, or controlling an organization, as well as the marketing of new products and services to students and parents 
  • Policy Making & Advocacy: subject matter related to federal policy initiatives undertaken by NASFAA or the financial aid community
  • Staff Training and Development: topics concerning staff training on compliance with federal/state/local regulations and in areas such as leadership skill development 

Research & Data Analysis Track

  • Topics concerning all theoretical perspectives and styles of research on financial aid; including conducting, presenting, using, and evaluating research 

Submit Button 

By submitting a session proposal, you agree to NASFAA’s policies and guidelines listed above. 

Do you have a session idea, but need help putting it together? Submit your idea to receive assistance from the Conference Committee.