KASFAA President Elect Ben Kohl & Government Relations Co-Chair Craig Carlin Attend NASFAA Leadership Conference

"Craig Karlin (Co-Chairperson for Governmental Relations) and Ben Kohl (President-Elect) are very grateful to the KASFAA board of directors and the members of KASFAA for sending them to the NASFAA Leadership and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.," reports the Oz-Sociated Press, the blog of the Kansas Association of Financial Aid Administrators (KASFAA).

"Craig and Ben deliberately wanted to network with other financial aid administrators, the NASFAA staff members, and the members of the NASFAA conference training committee. They took full advantage of the networking opportunities by purposely sitting at different tables throughout the day and making sure to introduce themselves, speak with and exchange business cards with as many people as possible. It was a pleasure to meet so many great people with the same goals of serving students and properly administering financial aid. 

Justin Draeger (NASFAA President and CEO) and Megan McClean (NASFAA Managing Director of Policy and Federal Relations) highlighted the portion of the conference dedicated to advocating for the federal aid programs with members of Congress during the Capitol Hill visits. Even though Craig had visited with Congressional representatives on Capitol Hill on other occasions, Justin and Megan’s depth perception of how Congress works was illuminating. Craig and Ben particularly enjoyed the role playing exercise that Justin performed with an attendee regarding what to say and not to say during a meeting with a Senator or House Representative. There was also a unique opportunity to ask questions to a panel of Congressional staff members who serve not only majority and minority Congressional representatives, but also those who serve on committees and sub-committees in Congress. ...

At the KASFAA Spring Conference in Topeka, in April, Craig will be inducted as the Chairperson for Governmental Relations and Ben will be inducted as the President. Craig and Ben are looking forward to utilizing the knowledge and experience gained through the conference and meetings on Capitol Hill to help lead KASFAA now and throughout their terms."

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