Conference News

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

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: 3/14/2018

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