2013 NASFAA Conference Interest Session Submission

Submission Deadline: November 2, 2012

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.

Criteria for Proposals

  • Please use the topical areas identified by the 2013 Conference Committee 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 
      3. 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, 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 which can be 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 handouts to NASFAA prior to the conference for posting to the NASFAA website.
  • If accepted, all presenters and moderators must register for the conference and pay the appropriate conference registration fee.
  • Those who submit a session proposal must inform all presenters and the moderator that they are submitting their name on a session proposal. 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 that all subject areas are equitably covered and that they will 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 2013 Conference Committee is seeking session proposals on the following topics. 

  • Communication, Leadership & Student Aid Management: 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 
  • 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: concerning efforts to improve college access and increasing the number under-represented groups in postsecondary education or the financial aid profession 
  • Enrollment Management: 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 
  • Graduate and Professional Issues: subject matter unique to institutions offering graduate and professional degrees 
  • Other Resources: related to resources outside Department of Education and/or federal financial aid such as private scholarship or outreach program 
  • 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 (can include institutional programs) 
  • Regulatory Issues: concerning federal regulations becoming 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 
  • Research & Data Analysis: concerning all theoretical perspectives and styles of research on financial aid; including conducting, presenting, using, and evaluating research 
  • Role of Aid Office in Institutional Planning: how the student aid office can market itself to other offices and be included in discussions that affect operations 
  • Staff Training and Development: concerning staff training on compliance with federal/state/local regulations and in areas such as leadership skill development 
  • 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

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

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