Compliance Management Pathway Sessions

This pathway is sponsored by McClintock & Associates.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Prior to 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast

Don't forget to allot some time before the first session starts to go grab breakfast from a coffee shop using your NASFAA-provided gift card.

8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. - Opening Session: Welcome Remarks and Washington Update

Speakers: Brent Tener, NASFAA national chair, and Justin Draeger, NASFAA president & CEO

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET - Idea Lab #1: Assessing Compliance Risk: Finding the Right Balance

Does worrying about compliance keep you up at night? If you feel overwhelmed by the complexity of the federal student aid programs, you are not alone. Title IV regulations are ever-changing and they do not always fit neatly into a box. In this session, a panel of financial aid colleagues will discuss best practices for how to evaluate your office's strengths and weaknesses to ensure your shop strikes the right balance between being compliant and running efficiently in the evolving landscape of education. 

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET - Idea Lab #2: When Your President Receives the Letter, Will You Be Ready? 

Speakers: Tim Lehmann, vice president student financial services Southern New Hampshire University, and Aaron Lacey, partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Program reviews are never an easy process to navigate. They typically are scheduled at an inconvenient time, leaving very little time for planning. This session will discuss strategies for how to establish a foundation for "future proofing" your institution when it comes to program reviews. Session presenters will consist of legal professionals who focus on assisting schools in program review preparation and aid administrators who have recently gone through a program review and survived. They will share what they are seeing currently in reviews and how they have changed based upon the new circumstances we find ourselves in as aid administrators. They'll also discuss how a review could be different in the post-pandemic world and the new areas of focus that schools should be ready for. 

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET - Lunch

Ninety minutes are allotted for lunchtime. We recommend taking 30 to 45 minutes to grab food from a NASFAA-sponsored food truck and eat — whether in your hotel room or in a public space in the hotel, depending on your comfort level. Please note, conference meeting rooms will be closed during the lunch break. We encourage you to use the remaining 45 to 60 minutes to head to the Exhibit Area to network with other attendees and our event vendors.

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET - Idea Lab #3: Facing Audit Phobia: Tips and Strategies for a Successful, Pain-Free Audit

Through the right lens, annual audits can provide a framework for success and ongoing improvement. Benefits of a strong partnership with auditors include more effective training plans, improved policies and procedures, and of course focused and prioritized compliance efforts. It is also important to stay abreast of the continued evolution of auditor approaches and requirements, particularly in today's remote world. This session will address the latest audit trends and provide expert advice on e-audits, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) reporting, and best practices for making the most of this compliance cornerstone. 

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET - Idea Lab #4: User Guide – Knowing & Using Your Compliance Tools

Aid administrators always collaborate and live by the mantra "why reinvent the wheel?" In this session we'll be looking to you to share the compliance "tools" you have developed that work well for your office. We will also review NASFAA and Department of Education resources that can help you be prepared for any compliance related challenge. 

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET - Networking Reception for Conference Attendees and Exhibitors

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Prior to 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast

Don't forget to allot some time before the first session starts to go grab breakfast from a coffee shop using your NASFAA-provided gift card.

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. ET - General Session

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. ET - Break

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ET - Idea Lab #5: If It's Not My Job, Then Why Am I Doing It?

Complying with the provisions governing federal student aid programs is an institution-wide responsibility. Financial aid rules intersect with numerous departments on campus, including campus safety, athletics, Title IX, data security, and student health. It is a unique assortment of, often siloed, units that when working together ensure your institution is compliant with Title IV rules and regulations. The consequences of not knowing your compliance partners means you may not be adhering to the established laws, regulations, and published guidance. This session will focus on identifying your partners and sparking collaborative outreach to keep your compliance worries at bay. 

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET - Lunch

Ninety minutes are allotted for lunchtime. We recommend taking 30 to 45 minutes to grab food from a NASFAA-sponsored food truck and eat — whether in your hotel room or in a public space in the hotel, depending on your comfort level. Please note, conference meeting rooms will be closed during the lunch break. We encourage you to use the remaining 45 to 60 minutes to head to the Exhibit Area to network with other attendees and our event vendors.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET - Idea Lab #6: Everyone Wants Our Data

One of the most challenging areas of compliance for aid administrators is protecting our students' data. During this session we will explore the nuances of balancing security, access, and the student experience. This session will discuss best practices for safeguarding against cyberattacks, ensuring data protection, and maintaining compliance associated with FAFSA data. The presenters will discuss examples of breaches and how to successfully manage a data breach including mandatory reporting to the Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid. 

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET - Idea Lab #7: War Games – A Compliance Case Study 

Together we will experience a real-life example of a compliance issue and an institutional response. This will be an opportunity to apply some of the tools and ideas explored during the conference. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET - Hill Visits 

NASFAA Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo participants are typically encouraged to participate in meetings with their respective delegations in the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill on day three of the conference, however congressional offices are not currently scheduling in-person meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If the congressional office buildings have opened to the public by the time of the conference, we would like to be able to take attendees to the Hill for scheduled meetings. If that continues to be an impossibility, we will explore options for registrants to conduct Hill visits virtually, whether during or after the conference. NASFAA will continue to monitor visitor restrictions at the U.S. Capitol Complex and will provide updates on the Capitol Hill Visit Information webpage

Publication Date: 11/23/2021

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