Conference News

Stay up-to-date with all of the 2019 NASFAA National Conference news and updates.

July 10, 2019 - Congratulations to Our Conference App Contest Winners

We'd like to thank all who participated in our National Conference App Contest and offer our congratulations to first place winner Rachel Deschamps of Berkshire Community College, who won a complimentary registration to NASFAA's 2020 National Conference in Las Vegas, second place winner Joseph Dabrota of the College of William & Mary, who won a complimentary registration to NASFAA's 2020 Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo, and third, fourth, and fifth place winners Katherine Suarez of Valencia College East Campus, Sara Kroll of Washington State Community College, and Donna Cox of Southeast Arkansas College, who each won a complimentary NASFAA U online course of their choosing.

July 8, 2019 - 2019 National Conference Session Handouts, NASFAA Live On-Demand Videos Now Available

Whether you participated in the 2019 NASFAA National Conference in person or from a far, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for helping to make it a great success. To help you continue to make the most out of your experience, be sure to log into the NASFAA website with the myNASFAA account that was used for your conference or NASFAA Live registration to access session handouts and on-demand video from livestreamed sessions. While still available in the Conference App, all registered attendees can access all submitted handouts on the 2019 Conference website, organized on a single page. Additionally, all sessions offered via NASFAA Live, excepting the Opening Session with Steve Pemberton, are now available to all conference attendees for on-demand viewing.

July 3, 2019 - Take a Look Back at the 2019 National Conference Through Maylene's Eyes

This year, NASFAA's Dallas Martin Endowment policy intern Maylene Rodriguez Scott captured the highlights of NASFAA's 2019 National Conference in Orlando through a video blog. Check out her video to hear more of her thoughts on the conference speakers, which sessions she attended, and what she learned about financial aid policy. "If anything, my time at the conference and my time with NASFAA has caused me to think outside of the box and expand my notion of what financial aid could look like, which I really appreciate," Maylene says. Watch the full video to hear more reflections.

June 28, 2019 - Four Questions That Will Determine the Future of Student Aid

With a presidential election and potential reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) on the horizon, opinions abound regarding how to reform the country's higher education system to better serve students. While lawmakers may be zeroing in on specific policy proposals, there are larger questions being debated, albeit unknowingly. During the final session of the 2019 NASFAA National Conference in Orlando Thursday, NASFAA President Justin Draeger and Vice President of Policy and Federal Relations Megan Coval shed some light on what impact these policy proposals have for the fundamental philosophy of higher education.

June 28, 2019 - Join Us in Congratulating NASFAA's 2019 Award Winners

Each year, NASFAA presents awards to the most deserving members of the financial aid profession and higher education community. These awards are reviewed and selected annually by NASFAA's Awards Committee and ratified by the Board of Directors. This year's awards were presented earlier this week at the 2019 National Conference in Orlando. Have a look at the outstanding individuals, institutions, associates, and state and regional associations we honored this year and join us in congratulating them on their achievements and contributions to the profession.

June 27, 2019 - Day 3 Highlights: Parent PLUS Loans, Emergency Aid, Diversity and Inclusion, and NASFAA Awards

The third day of the 2019 NASFAA National Conference offered attendees the opportunity to learn about issues with the Parent PLUS Loan program, the difference between diversity and inclusion, and how to design emergency aid programs that support students, among many other topics. They also had the opportunity to hear from Department of Education officials during Wednesday morning's Federal Update session, and celebrate the work of colleagues during the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Luncheon. Catch up on all the action on our 2019 Conference Summaries page. And don't forget to follow along with our final session this morning on Facebook and Twitter using #NASFAA2019.

June 27, 2019 - In Federal Update, ED Officials Tease Financial Literacy Requirement, Personalized FSA Experience

In their Wednesday morning Federal Update session at the 2019 NASFAA National Conference, officials from the Department of Education (ED)—including Federal Student Aid Chief Operating Officer Mark Brown, and ED's Lynn Mahaffie and Jeff Appel—provided a slew of updates to conference attendees, including a recap of implications for aid programs as a result of the fiscal year 2019 spending agreement, upcoming final regulations for accreditation, borrower defense, and gainful employment, and news that ED plans to soon require advanced financial literacy before students can take out federal loans. Read the full recap of the session in the 2019 Conference Summaries page.

June 26, 2019 - Day Two Highlights: Student Reflections About Financial Aid, Reducing Student Loan Debt, Higher Education Financial Wellness, and More

The second day of the 2019 NASFAA National Conference offered attendees the opportunity to learn about students' thoughts on applying for financial aid and navigating how to set up a budget to pay for college, how the way institutions present and award loans to students could influence their behavior, and about interventions other financial aid administrators have implemented on their campuses to improve student financial wellness, among many other topics. They also had the opportunity to watch the "Off The Cuff" team record this week's podcast. Catch up on all the action on our 2019 Conference Summaries page. And don't forget to follow along with all that's going on today on Facebook and Twitter using #NASFAA2019. 

June 26, 2019 - NASFAA Live Sessions Will Be Made Available to All Registered Attendees Post-Conference

If you're here with us in Orlando but didn't make it to a session you were hoping to, or participating via NASFAA Live but weren't able to tune in, don't worry. With the exception of the opening session with keynote speaker Steve Pemberton, all the sessions being livestreamed for NASFAA Live are also being recorded. In early July, these sessions will be made on-demand for all registered attendees, both on-site and NASFAA Live registrants. Watch Today's News and your email for a notification when they are available.

June 25, 2019 - Be a Lighthouse: Financial Aid Administrators Convene for 2019 NASFAA National Conference

It's something we're told from a very young age: Don't judge a book by its cover. Steve Pemberton said that although he was given a life sentence as a child—“not a chance in the world”—he was able to persevere and find his place in the world because certain people in his life chose to look past the picture of a young boy placed into foster care. Pemberton, a best-selling author, innovative diversity and inclusion thought leader, and acclaimed speaker, gave the keynote address at the opening session of the 2019 NASFAA National Conference, which kicked off in Orlando on Monday. Check out our 2019 Conference Facebook album for some pictures from the opening session and other shots from the first day. You can keep up with all that's happening on day two by keeping an eye on our conference summaries page, where we'll be posting summaries throughout the day, and following along on Facebook and Twitter using #NASFAA2019.

June 24, 2019 - The Conference Kicks Off Today — Don't Miss a Minute of the Excitement!

The 2019 NASFAA National Conference starts today! If you're not here in Orlando or on your way to town, you can still participate. With NASFAA Live, our livestreaming conference option, you and your colleagues can actively participate in the conference without stepping foot off campus. You can watch all our general sessions and a great selection of our interest sessions on your computer or mobile device. Better yet, after the conference has ended you'll have access to on-demand recordings so you and your staff can catch up on sessions you may have missed while they were being livestreamed. Visit our NASFAA Live page for more details, pricing information, and to register today.

June 21, 2019 - Get in the Game! Earn Points to Win Prizes at the National Conference

Each time you access the NASFAA Conference App and take certain actions—like downloading a session handout, connecting with a conference sponsor or exhibitor, connecting with other attendees, etc.—you will earn points. QR Codes will be at each exhibitor's booth, so you can learn about new products and services and earn points at the same time. The person with the most points at 5:15 pm on Wednesday, June 26 will win a free 2020 National Conference registration, second place will receive a 2020 NASFAA Leadership & Legislative Conference & Expo registration, and third, fourth, and fifth place winners will receive a complimentary NASFAA U online course registration of their choosing.

June 19, 2019 - 2019 NASFAA Conference App Now Available

The official 2019 NASFAA Conference App is now available! Visit startmp.com/nasfaa19 from a mobile device or web browser to get started. The app includes a 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 list 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. You can also use the app to earn points to win great prizes. In fact, you'll get points just for downloading it. 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.

June 19, 2019 - Learning Lounge Spotlight: Establishing Your Personal Brand as a New or Aspiring Director

Directors, whether new or aspiring, are surrounded by competing priorities. How do you manage it all? If you'll be at the NASFAA National Conference next week, join NASFAA Business Services in the Learning Lounge on June 25 at 9:30 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. to discover techniques you can use to be a successful director.

June 18, 2019 - Don't Miss the "Off The Cuff" Live Podcast

Pop in for a live recording of NASFAA's "Off The Cuff" podcast at 3:15 pm on Tuesday in Asia 3 of the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort. It will be a fun, relaxed conversation and you'll leave with some special “Off The Cuff” swag.

June 18, 2019 - Need Help Deciding What to Pack?

We're in store for some hot days in Orlando, but make sure you also pack appropriately for your time indoors. Business casual attire and comfortable shoes are a must, along with a sweater or jacket for meeting rooms.

June 17, 2019 - Explore Orlando or Head to the Disney Parks.

Conference sessions will end at 3:00pm on Tuesday to give you the chance to enjoy Orlando and take advantage of the perks of staying on-site at a Disney resort, which include Disney's FastPass+ Benefit and Extra Magic Hours at the theme parks. You can find dining suggestions on our Orlando Travel Guide page and staff picks for fun things to do in Orlando during your free time, or activities your family will enjoy while you're in conference sessions.

June 17, 2019 - Visit the NASFAA Booths in the Exhibit Hall

In addition to the main NASFAA Booth, be sure to visit our Blue Icon Advisors Booth and Standards of Excellence Booth. Staff will be on-hand to answer your questions about our new Certified Financial Aid Administrator (CFAA) Program, the services offered by Blue Icon Advisors, the Compliance Engine, NASFAA U, the Student Aid Index, AskRegs, the Standards of Excellence (SOE) Review Program, and other products and services.

June 16, 2019 - Cancellations and Substitutions Reminder

The deadline to receive a refund has passed. There are no refunds for no-shows. If someone will be attending the conference in your place, or you need to switch your registration type from on-site attendance to NASFAA Live participation, visit the Cancellation/Change Form for information and instructions.

June 14, 2019 - Learning Lounge Spotlight - Show What You Know: NASFAA Credentials and the CFAA

NASFAA now offers topic-focused credentials and general certification as a Certified Financial Aid Administrator (CFAA) to help you demonstrate the specialized knowledge you've gained through training and experience. At the NASFAA National Conference, join us in the Learning Lounge on June 26 at 11:50 a.m. to learn more about these programs and explore what the future could hold for you.

June 13, 2019 - Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your NASFAA Live Registration

With NASFAA Live, our livestreaming conference option, you and your colleagues can actively participate in the 2019 NASFAA National Conference without stepping foot off campus. You can choose to watch in the privacy of your own office, invite your office colleagues to watch together in a conference room, assign individual staff members to watch specific interest sessions with you, or convene after the conference has ended to watch on-demand recordings of any NASFAA Live sessions you or your staff missed when it was being livestreamed. If you can't make it to Orlando for the 2019 NASFAA National Conference, visit our NASFAA Live page for more details, pricing information, and to register.

June 13, 2019 - Meet Our Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors who help make our 2019 NASFAA National Conference a success. Their financial support is a key element to our planning and logistics. Be sure to visit our sponsors in the Exhibit Hall throughout the conference in just a few weeks.

June 12, 2019 - Next Gen Personal Finance Offering FinCamp at the National Conference

Next Gen Personal Finance is offering FinCamp, a professional development opportunity focused on financial literacy module for individuals who assist high school students in the area of personal finance. You are invited to participate in training initiative as part of your NASFAA conference registration. It will be held as a pre-conference event on June 24 at 8:00 am. If you plan to attend, please register in advance so we can get an estimated headcount.

June 12, 2019 - Learning Lounge Spotlight: Lead the Way! Become a CFAA!

Wondering what NASFAA's new Certified Financial Aid Administrator (CFAA) program is all about? At the NASFAA National Conference, join us in the Learning Lounge on June 25 at 11:40 a.m. or June 26 at 10:00 a.m. to learn what it takes to earn and maintain the CFAA designation. Get ready to take the next step on your own career path as a financial aid professional.

June 11, 2019 - Learning Lounge Spotlight: Financial Aid Isn't Easy, but It Doesn't Have to Be Hard

It's tough to be a financial aid administrator when applications are going up and staff sizes aren't keeping pace. But NASFAA Business Services can help you maximize your resources without sacrificing service to students. Join us at the 2019 National Conference in Orlando on June 25 at 8:00 a.m. or June 26 at 11:10 a.m. in the Learning Lounge to discover how.

June 10, 2019 - The Conference Is Just Two Short Weeks Away!

Start planning now to make the 2019 NASFAA National Conference a rewarding experience filled with networking, learning, and building professional contacts! There are pre-conference workshops, exciting guest speakers like opening session speaker Steve PembertonLearning Lounge talks, tons of great interest sessions to choose from, ample opportunities for networking, and exhibitors -- many with products and services -- to help you meet the demands in your office. Keep an eye out for a Today's News notice once the app is ready! Haven't registered yet? It's not too late to register for NASFAA Live and participate in the conference remotely.

June 5, 2019 - Learning Lounge Spotlight: 10 Common Questions Schools Have About Federal Program Reviews

Federal program reviews don't have to be a mystery. Join the NASFAA Business Services team in the Learning Lounge on June 25 at 2:30 pm ET or June 26 at 8:30 am ET at the 2019 National Conference in Orlando to learn more about program reviews and how you can survive one.

June 3, 2019 - Great Programming Despite Great Distances

Can't make it to Orlando for the 2019 NASFAA National Conference? Register for NASFAA Live, our interactive streaming option, and log on June 24–27 from your computer or mobile device to engage in real-time with session presenters and in-person conference attendees. With your NASFAA Live registration, you'll have access to the complimentary pre-conference event on student mental health issues, all our general sessions, including the session offered by the Department of Education, and 24 pre-selected interest sessions. Visit the NASFAA Live page for more details, pricing information, and to register for NASFAA Live.

May 31, 2019 - NASFAA Needs You - Volunteers in Orlando Can Earn a One-Day Pass to the 2019 Conference

Volunteers are needed Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25-26, at the 2019 National Conference in Orlando to assist at the information desk and in the hotel at key assigned areas for directional purposes. Volunteers who work for 4 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.

May 30, 2019 - 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 2019 Conference Mentor Task Force has been hard at work developing events for our first-time attendees, with Dareth Wallace from the University of Maryland University College 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 24, 2019 - Coming to Orlando? Don't Miss Out on These Great Learning Lounge Sessions

The learning never stops! Attendees at the 2019 NASFAA National Conference can maximize their time in the Exhibit Hall by stopping by the Presentation Area for informal and informative 20-minute updates on new products and services. Swing by to learn how NASFAA's Business Services team can help you identify areas where you can reduce burden on your staff and students, how to establish your personal brand as a new or aspiring director, what's keeping top financial aid leaders awake at night, and much more. Check out the full list of Learning Lounge Sessions to start thinking about which ones you'll attend.

May 22, 2019 - Important Conference Deadline Approaching

As a friendly reminder, Friday, May 31 is the last day to cancel your conference registration. If you need to cancel your conference registration, change the attendee for your institution, or switch your registration type from in-person attendance to remote attendance, 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. If you cancel your registration, don't forget to cancel your room reservation, too!

May 16, 2019 - Conference Session: Recognizing Hidden Bias in Professional Judgment

Professional judgment is a privilege that assists aid administrators in providing practical solutions for exceptional situations. This subjective authority produces options and opportunities in an otherwise objective regulatory environment. The decisions made are critical to those affected, but how and why do we make the decisions we do? This session will discuss expanding research on hidden biases from leading psychologists in the field. Presenters will explore the implications of their findings and examine decision making as it relates to professional judgment.

May 13, 2019 - Conference Session: Who Struggles to Repay Their Student Loans and What Can Colleges Do to Help?

This session will look beyond the headlines about an amorphous "student debt crisis" to examine which students struggle most to repay their loans and identify ways that colleges can help students manage their borrowing. The presenters will provide up-to-date national data on which types of students have the most trouble repaying their loans and discuss how colleges can analyze data on their own students to implement targeted changes. The presenters will also discuss shifts in institutional practices that can help students make more informed financial decisions, and share recommendations for colleges as well as for the federal government.

May 9, 2019 - Receive AFCPE CEUs for Attending NASFAA National Conference in Orlando

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 National 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. Visit AFCPE in the Exhibit hall for more information.

May 1, 2019 - Conference Session: Give It to Me Straight! (Or, Consumer Information: What Do I Need to Know?)

Ongoing Title IV requirements mandate that schools provide information necessary to allow students to make an informed decision regarding their choice of educational institutions. Likewise, currently enrolled students want to see an accurate picture of their chosen school. In this session, held Tuesday, June 25 at 8:30 a.m., presenters will review the plethora of disclosure requirements and discuss how best practices may be developed for keeping your communication on track to convey your message and further institutional compliance. If you haven't already, register today to attend the conference in Orlando or to tune in for great sessions like this one via NASFAA Live, our web-based livestreaming option.

April 26, 2019 - Last Day for Early-Bird Conference Pricing, Cancellations, and Registration Changes

As a final reminder, today (April 26) is the last day to save $100 on your registration for the 2019 NASFAA National Conference. It is also the last day to cancel your registration before cancellation fees increase and to make changes to your registration. To best accommodate your dietary restrictions and food preferences, please be sure to select the appropriate consideration from the pulldown on your registration form. If you plan to attend a pre-conference session, indicate your preference to help us accommodate interest. Please note that pre-conference session attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis; your selection is not a registration, and not guaranteed.

April 25, 2019 - NASFAA Membership to Hold Annual Business Meeting June 26 in Orlando, FL

As required in NASFAA's Bylaws, NASFAA's annual Business Meeting and Awards Luncheon will be held at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26 at the NASFAA National Conference in the Pacific Hall of the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort. 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 2018-19 National Chair Lori Vedder to 2019-20 National Chair Paula Luff.

April 25, 2019 - Are You Eligible to Join the NASFAA Retire Group? If So, Join Us for This Year's Retiree Reunion

The NASFAA Retiree Group (NRG) is a network of individuals who are retired from the financial aid profession and are no longer employed full-time in financial aid-related enterprises. The next Retiree Reunion for financial aid professionals will take place during the 2019 NASFAA National Conference in Orlando. NASFAA is offering a great rate—more than 50% off the regular NASFAA member conference registration rate—to the Retiree Group and Janet Dodson, chair of the retiree reunion, has planned some special activities. If you qualify, please complete and return the NRG Enrollment Formregister for the conference now and start planning your trip.

April 18, 2019 - Department of Education to Lead Several Sessions at 2019 NASFAA National Conference

Several Department of Education (ED) interest sessions will be offered at the 2019 NASFAA National Conference in Orlando 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, 2020-21 FAFSA updates, cybersecurity and data protection, SULA misunderstandings and misreporting, and verification. Check out the full conference schedule for details about more great sessions.

April 15, 2019 - Full Conference Schedule Now Available

We're excited to announce that the full conference schedule is now available! Browse the full schedule, sort sessions by track, or search for particular presentations using keywords, a speaker's name, an exhibitor, or the session title. Early-bird pricing ends in two weeks, on April 26. If you haven't already, register now to join us June 24-27, 2019 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando for what is sure to be an engaging and informative conference. Can't make it in person? Register for NASFAA Live, our livestreaming option.

April 10, 2019 - Thank You to Our 2019 National Conference Gold Sponsor

The NASFAA conference is a team effort! When we convene in Orlando, please help us thank our gold level sponsor, LendKey, 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.

April 4, 2019 - Thank You to Our 2019 National Conference Platinum Sponsors

The NASFAA National Conference is a team effort! When we convene in Orlando, please help us thank our platinum level sponsors—College Ave, Discover Student Loans, Earnest, Inceptia, Oracle, Sallie Mae, and SoFi Lending—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.

April 2, 2019 - Early-Bird Pricing Ends This Month! Register Now to Save

Register now and join us June 24-27, 2019 at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando for what is sure to be an engaging and informative conference. Need help explaining to your manager the return they will see on this important investment in your professional development? NASFAA has created a toolkit of easily customizable letters and worksheets you can use to make your case. Early-bird pricing ends April 26. Register now.

March 28, 2019 - Network With Your Colleagues at the 2019 NASFAA National Conference

NASFAA's National Conference is just three months away! Nearly 2,300 student aid professionals from across the nation will come together June 24-27 in Orlando to teach, learn, and share best practices. In addition to the valuable training provided, the conference is a great opportunity to network with your colleagues. If you've already registered, check out the attendee rosters to see who else from your state is planning to attend, or to browse by institution/organization or last name.

March 19, 2019 - Mix Business With Pleasure in Orlando

Spring is upon us and that means the 2019 National Conference is just around the corner! If you're planning to join us in Orlando in June, be sure to check out our Orlando Travel Guide page for suggestions on fun things to do in your free time, or activities your family will enjoy while you're in conference sessions. From the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, to International Drive and dining in Orlando, we have you covered.

March 5, 2019 - Two In-Person NASFAA U Courses Will Be Offered This Year at the Conference

Are you registered for the 2019 NASFAA National Conference in Orlando this June? Consider flying in early to take advantage of training that will help you become more proficient, more knowledgeable, and more valuable to your organization. NASFAA U is offering two in-person pre-conference courses at no additional cost to attendees: Satisfactory Academic Progress and Administrative Capability. Those who attend will receive a test voucher at the end of the training session for the corresponding credential test. Attendance is a requirement for exam access. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis, and space may be limited. Check out the Pre-Conference Sessions page for more information, including how to indicate your attendance preference.

March 4, 2019 - Volunteers Needed for NASFAA's 2019 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, 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 2019 NASFAA Conference and participate in conference mentor activities prior to the conference and on-site. Please review the task force charter on the volunteer information page and complete the volunteer form by March 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET, if interested.

February 26, 2019 - Choose From One of Three Pre-Conference Sessions

Are you registered for the 2019 National Conference in Orlando this June? Registered attendees have the option to attend one of three pre-conference sessions at no additional cost. Looking to focus on professional development? Take either the Satisfactory Academic Progress or Administrative Capability NASFAA U course before the conference. Or, attend a session on promoting and responding to student mental health with guest speaker Barbara Blacklock, who for the past 12 years has been the co-chair of the University of Minnesota Provost's Committee on Student Mental Health. Check out the Pre-Conference Sessions page for more information, including how to indicate your attendance preference.

February 22, 2019 - Justify Your Attendance at the National Conference

Now more than ever, the NASFAA National Conference serves to provide you with the training resources, political realities, and advocacy pathways you need to succeed in student aid administration. NASFAA has created a toolkit of easily customizable letters and worksheets to help your manager understand the return they will see on this important investment. Check out these resources today to ensure that you can register before spots fill up. Early-bird pricing ends April 26.  

February 21, 2019 - What to Expect at the NASFAA National Conference

Are you joining us for the 2019 NASFAA National Conference in Orlando, FL this June? Each year more than 2,300 financial aid professionals from colleges and universities across the country come together at the National Conference to teach, learn, network, and share best practices. Check out this short video to see more about what to expect at the conference, and hear from your colleagues about their experiences.

February 7, 2019 - Help Make the Conference Great – Local Arrangements Task Force Volunteers Needed

NASFAA is accepting volunteers for the 2019 National Conference Local Arrangements Task Force, one of two task forces that assist in planning of the 2019 NASFAA National Conference. Duties include of soliciting volunteers for the registration and information desk; overseeing the on-site information desk; providing local information for posting to the NASFAA website and inclusion in Today's News; and assisting with performers as needed. View the task force charter and volunteer today. 

February 5, 2019 - Coming to Orlando? Make Disney and Dinner Reservations Now

It may seem early, but popular restaurants in Disney parks and in Orlando book up very far in advance. Find dining suggestions on our Orlando Travel Guide page. You can also find staff suggestions for fun things to do in Orlando during your free time, or activities your family will enjoy while you're in conference sessions. From the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, to International Drive and dining in Orlando, we have you covered.

January 29, 2019 - Can't Make it to Orlando? Register for NASFAA Live

Can't make it to Orlando this year for the 2019 National Conference? No sweat. You can actively participate in the conference from the comfort of your desk or conference room with our interactive streaming option, whether you're a NASFAA member or not. Simply register for NASFAA Live and log on June 24 -27, 2019 to watch all our general sessions and 24 pre-selected interest sessions on your computer or mobile device. Visit the NASFAA Live page for more details, pricing information, and to register for NASFAA Live.

January 24, 2019 - Mark Your Calendar for Our Pre-Conference Event on Student Mental Health Issues

The college years are the time when many significant mental health conditions first manifest, and they can be a time of significant stress and pressure for students. Student mental health has become the number one public health issue on college campuses. Conference registrants, we invite you to join us Monday, June 24 at 1:30 p.m. ET for a complimentary pre-conference event on student mental health issues, led by Barbara Blacklock. You'll learn how to identify and respond to students in distress, how to identify campus partners to address the needs of students in distress, and more.

January 22, 2019 - NASFAA Welcomes Steve Pemberton as Opening Session Speaker at the 2019 National Conference

NASFAA is thrilled to have best-selling author Steve Pemberton as the opening session speaker at the 2019 NASFAA National Conference in Orlando, FL. Pemberton will share his inspirational story of how he overcame seemingly insurmountable beginnings and went on to become a successful corporate executive, innovative diversity and inclusion thought leader, and acclaimed speaker. Join your colleagues for what is sure to be an exciting opening to the 2019 NASFAA National Conference.

January 14, 2019 - Registration Now Open: 2019 NASFAA National Conference

We're excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2019 NASFAA National Conference. This year, there are two ways you and your staff can participate: register to attend in person and join us on-site at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, or register for "NASFAA Live"—our web-based, livestreaming conference option, so you and your staff can actively participate in the conference from the comfort of your own office. Whether in Orlando or from afar, we hope you'll join us June 24-27, 2019 for what is sure to be an engaging and informative conference.

Publication Date: 7/10/2019

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