First-Time Conference Attendee Networking Events

Sunday, June 26

12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Meeting Room 19

First-Time Attendees Kick-Off Networking Event & Dessert Reception

Meet the NASFAA President, NASFAA National Chair, task force members, NASFAA staff, and other first-time attendees. We will spend this time getting to know one another through activities and a dessert reception. If you plan to attend, bring a large stack of business cards so you can stay connected with those you meet after the conference. Those who have requested a conference mentor will also meet their mentor during this time. 

This is what a participant had to say about this event in the past: "Attending the NASFAA first-time attendee session provided me with the chance to meet other financial aid professionals and a mentor with similar interests.  The relationships I made there have proven to be invaluable during the conference and afterwards."

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Ballroom DEFG

Opening Session and Keynote

This is a great time to buddy up so you do not have to sit alone. Discuss with your mentor about meeting up before the session begins.

5:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Exhibit Hall 4-5

Welcome Reception

Join your colleagues, including other first-time attendees, as we kick-off the NASFAA 2022 National Conference with food, drink, and networking. 

Monday, June 27

8:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Morning Sessions with the Mentors

Meet up with mentors outside of the session rooms to sit together when attending the same sessions.

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Exhibit Hall Time

Visit the exhibit hall with your mentor or other first-time attendees. Make plans to meet up the rest of the day. 

12:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own & Visit Exhibit Hall 

If you did not attend sessions with your mentor, this would be a great opportunity to get lunch together.  Take the time to get answers to your questions and meet new people.

2:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Afternoon Sessions with Mentors

Once again meet up with mentors outside of the session rooms to sit together when possible. Connect with your mentor about possible dinner plans and attending NASFAA City Limits Live!

8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall 4

NASFAA City Limits Live!

Consider attending with your mentor and new friends. Enjoy the live music, lawn games, silent disco, and much more! Recap your day with your new friends.

Tuesday, June 28

8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Morning Sessions with the Mentors

Meet up with mentors outside of the session rooms to sit together, including the Keynote Address by FSA's Richard Cordray and the US Department of Education's Federal Update. 

10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Exhibit Hall 4

Morning Break in Exhibit Hall

Visit the exhibit hall with your mentor or other first-time attendees. Make plans to meet up the rest of the day. 

12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Lunch on Your Own & Visit Exhibit Hall 

Take this time to share lunch with new friends and/or your mentor and make plans to sit together at sessions during the afternoon.

2:40 - 5:00 p.m.

Afternoon Sessions with Mentors

Once again meet up with mentors outside of the session rooms to sit together when possible. Connect with your mentor about possible dinner plans.

Wednesday, June 29

8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Ballroom DEFG 

Top 10 Issues Impacting Financial Aid Administration

Sit with your mentor or other first-time attendees for this final session of the conference. This also might be a good time to say your goodbyes and collect one more round of business cards before the conference ends. 

We hope you enjoyed your first NASFAA conference and look forward to seeing you at future conferences. Keep in touch with your mentor and others you met throughout the conference.

Conference App

NASFAA has a brand new event app this year for registered attendees. Features include planning your schedule, connecting and messaging with fellow attendees, real-time notifications about exciting on-site events, and a conference participation game. While you are at the conference, be sure to connect with your mentor, first-timers, and all other attendees you meet with the conference app.

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