Conference News

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

June 19, 2018 - 2018 NASFAA Conference App Now Available

The official 2018 NASFAA Conference App is now available - visit startmp.com/nasfaa2018 from your phone or mobile device to get started. This year’s version includes Registration Fast-Pass to check in easily at self-service stations (if your registration fee is paid in full); agenda; session handouts and evaluations; exhibitor lists and locations, and more. Mark items as favorites or export them to your device’s calendar to create your customized schedule and share your experiences with in-app connections. Use the app to earn points to win great prizes—you’ll get 10 points just for downloading. Download the app for iOS or Android; a web version is also available. You will be required to log in using your myNASFAA account and must be a registered attendee.

You’ve likely heard about the Standards of Excellence Review Program, but it's our peer reviewers who really make this program shine. Many of our team members will be at the NASFAA conference bolstering their own knowledge, but will also be at the SOE booth to chat with you. Stop by Booth 341 to meet the team!

June 15, 2018 - Conference Schedule and Session Descriptions—Print Only What You Need

This year, NASFAA is doing its part to reduce paper pollution by foregoing the printed program usually provided upon arrival at the NASFAA National Conference in favor of printable PDFs. NASFAA thanks its platinum conference sponsors for their support of this effort. The Conference Schedule, Conference Session Descriptions, Conference Exhibitor Descriptions, and the 2017 Annual Business Meeting Minutes are now posted and available for download. Please print only what you need and don't forget to bring it with you to Austin. These items will also be accessible for viewing in the official NASFAA Conference App, which will be released in the coming days.

Austin is a friendly town and the locals are ready to help you explore on your free time. The Austin CVB (Convention and Visitor's Bureau) will be on-site during the conference near the registration area on Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with brochures, maps, and eating suggestions. The Visitor's Center — at 602 E. Fourth Street, just across the street from the convention center — is open seven days a week if you are coming in early or staying after the conference. See you in Austin!

June 12, 2018 - Great Programming Despite Great Distances: Introducing NASFAA Live

Can't make it to Austin? We are pleased to introduce NASFAA Live, an interactive streaming option that will allow you to actively participate in the 2018 NASFAA National Conference from the comfort of your desk or conference room. Simply register for NASFAA Live and log on June 24 -27, 2018 to watch all our general sessions and a great selection of our interest sessions on your computer or mobile device. Visit the NASFAA Live page on the 2018 NASFAA National Conference website for more details, pricing information, and to register for NASFAA Live.

On Monday, June 25 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. NASFAA will hold five separate town hall events to give attendees at the 2018 NASFAA National Conference the opportunity to discuss issues with others in their sectors and let NASFAA board members and staff know of challenges administrators may be facing. Planning to attend? Fill out this two-question form by 5:00 p.m. ET, June 15 to let us know what's percolating for your sector.

June 8, 2018 - Conference Session: Reauthorization Ready? Updates on Content and Timing of HEA

There has been a significant amount of movement toward the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act this past year. During this Monday morning session, NASFAA President Justin Draeger, Vice President Megan Coval, and Assistant Director of Federal Relations Stephen Payne will review draft legislation, related advocacy efforts, and discuss the likelihood of a reauthorization bill happening this year. Bookmark this session and browse or search the 2018 NASFAA National conference schedule for more great programming.

June 7, 2018 - NASFAA Needs You—Volunteers in Austin Can Earn a One-Day Pass to the 2018 Conference

Volunteers are needed Monday and Tuesday, June 25-26 at the 2018 National Conference in Austin to assist at the information booth and in the convention center at key assigned areas for directional purposes. Volunteers who work 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. Thank you to those of you have already signed up — we’ve nearly filled all our time slots.

June 6, 2018 - 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.

June 5, 2018 - Thank You to Our 2018 National Conference GOLD Sponsors

The NASFAA conference is a team effort! When we convene in Austin, please help us thank our GOLD level sponsors — CampusLogic, Goal Structured Solutions, and Great Lakes —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. Check the schedule for all the special events in the Exhibit Hall. See you in Austin, Texas.

June 4, 2018 - Join Us in Supporting Capital IDEA

Capital IDEA is an Austin-based organization that provides financial support and professional guidance to non-traditional students who want to further their education and advance in their career. Representatives from Capital IDEA will be on-site at the 2018 NASFAA National Conference to provide more information about the organization and accept donations. Austin has been a gracious host to NASFAA, so let’s give back to the community by supporting Capital IDEA. Monetary donations are the easiest and quickest way to support this organization. Take a look to see how far your donation can go.

June 1, 2018 - Conference Session: NASFAA Inside the Beltway

Curious about the latest in federal higher education policy coming out of Washington, D.C., or how Congress makes decisions on financial aid policy? Join NASFAA President Justin Draeger and Vice President Megan Coval for an inside look into what's happening in the nation's capital, predictions on where student aid is headed next, and how NASFAA's most recent policy work fits into the big picture. This Wednesday morning session will be a great way to end your 2018 NASFAA National Conference experience on a high note.

May 30, 2018 - Attending Our Conference for the First Time? Sign Up for a Mentor

The NASFAA National Conference offers great program and training opportunities but attending for the first time can be an overwhelming experience, even more so if you are attending alone. The 2018 Conference Mentor Task Force has been hard at work developing events for our first-time attendees, with Amy Berrier from the University of North Carolina Greensboro serving as the task force chair. If you will be attending the NASFAA conference for the first time and would like to have a mentor to help you navigate the conference and make professional contacts, fill out this online response form by June 4. We will contact mentors and mentees in mid-June.

May 25, 2018 - Make the Most of Your Membership With NASFAA Tools

NASFAA has lots of time-saving products and services that can help you with your day-to-day tasks. If you need a definition or are hunting for a specific regulation, you can find it fast with the Student Aid Index. Looking to get your policies and procedures manual whipped into shape? The P&P Builder was designed to help with just that! If you'll be at the NASFAA National Conference, swing by the Learning Lounge Monday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. to catch our 20-minute rundown on how these tools can help make your job a little easier.

May 22, 2018 - Last Call for Room and Registration Cancellations

If your plans have changed since you booked your room or registered for the 2018 NASFAA National Conference, act now. Tomorrow is the last day to cancel your room without penalty and Thursday, May 31 is the last day to cancel your conference registration. If you have had a change of plans, please go online to cancel your room and/or complete the Conference Cancellation & Change of Attendee Form. If you do not cancel your registration by 5:00 p.m. ET on May 31, you will be responsible for the full amount of the registration fees and will be billed.

May 18, 2018 - Conference Session: How Do I Advise My Undocumented Students Now?

Serving the needs of undocumented students can be a challenge for even the most seasoned financial aid administrators. With mixed and vague messages coming out of various federal agencies and the presidential administration, many have wondered about the current and future prospects of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This Monday morning session at the 2018 NASFAA National Conference will provide a legal perspective on this complex subject, along with best practices for helping undocumented students overcome barriers.

May 16, 2018 - We Need You — Sign Up to Be a 2018 Conference Mentor in Austin

The 2018 Conference Mentor Task Force has been hard at work developing events for our first-time attendees, with Amy Berrier from the University of North Carolina Greensboro serving as the task force chair. The task force is currently seeking NASFAA members who will attend the 2018 conference to serve as conference mentors to ensure first-time attendees have a positive conference experience. If you want to serve in this capacity, please review the task force charter and complete this short online form by June 11. The task force will contact mentors with their mentees assignments in mid-June.

May 15, 2018 - Get Answers to Your Peer Review and Program Review Questions in the Learning Lounge

Bring your breakfast, your beverage, and your burning questions on Monday morning to the Learning Lounge during the National Conference next month. NASFAA is offering two sessions to highlight how peer evaluations through the Standards of Excellence Review Program has helped over 240 schools remain in compliance with Title IV aid, and provides answers to nine common questions about federal program reviews.

May 1, 2018 - Receive AFCPE CEUs Attending NASFAA National Conference in Austin

The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) has approved NASFAA interest sessions for 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). For every hour spent in one of the approved interest sessions, you will receive one hour of CEU credit up to 12 hours. When you register for the NASFAA Conference, please indicate "Yes! I want to earn AFCPE CEUs." If you have already registered and did not indicate your intent to earn CEUs but would like to, please email smiths@nasfaa.org. Upon completion of the conference, each participant must complete the Proof of Participation section on the CEU Form, using the code NASFAA2018.

April 27, 2018 - Early-Bird Registration Extended— Register by May 7 to Save

We have extended the early-bird registration discount for the 2018 NASFAA National Conference in Austin. Check out the full schedule for descriptions of all the great sessions and planned activities. Need help convincing your supervisor to let you attend? On the conference website, you'll find tools and templates you can use to explain the benefits you and your institution will gain from attending. Register by Monday, May 7 to save $100 on your registration.

April 27, 2018 - NASFAA Membership to Hold Annual Business Meeting June 26 in Austin, TX

As required in NASFAA’s Bylaws, NASFAA’s annual Business Meeting and Awards Luncheon will be held at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 at the NASFAA National Conference in the Ballroom of the Austin Convention Center. The meeting will include an awards presentation, remarks of appreciation and recognition, reports on NASFAA’s financial status, governance and oversight, and diversity efforts, and the passing of the gavel from 2017-18 National Chair Billie Jo Hamilton to 2018-19 National Chair Lori Vedder.

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.

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: 6/19/2018

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