June 10, 2019—In financial aid, professionals are always on the lookout for an opportunity to learn and improve. Later this month, thousands of financial aid practitioners, researchers, and thought leaders from across the United States will gather in Orlando for an invaluable professional development opportunity that will arm them with the knowledge and skills to best assist college students and families when they need it most.
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators’ (NASFAA) 2019 National Conference will host more than 2,000 practicing financial aid administrators as they teach, learn, network, and share valuable information on student aid programs. Attendees will have the opportunity to get a head start on their learning opportunity Monday afternoon with a pre-conference session focused on student mental health, during which the University of Minnesota’s Barbara Blacklock will discuss why student mental health has become the leading public health issue on college campuses, and how faculty and staff can identify and respond to students in distress. Later that afternoon, the annual conference will officially kick off with an opening address from best-selling author Steve Pemberton, who will share his story of overcoming obstacles to become a corporate executive, diversity and inclusion thought leader, and acclaimed speaker.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from 2018-19 NASFAA National Chair Lori Vedder, NASFAA President Justin Draeger, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). In a Federal Update session Wednesday morning, ED staff will present information about current issues for the Title IV student aid programs and provide updates about the Department's regulatory efforts. In the final session capping off the conference Thursday morning, Draeger and NASFAA Vice President of Policy and Federal Relations Megan Coval will discuss “Four Questions That Will Determine the Future of Student Aid,” touching on the big financial aid-related questions college leaders, lawmakers, and the public will be debating in the coming years.
Those unable to attend in person may choose to take advantage of NASFAA Live, our interactive streaming option, and log on from a computer or mobile device to engage in one of 24 select sessions in addition to the pre-conference mental health session and all conference general sessions.
Some NASFAA Live sessions that may be of interest to the media include:
Student Reflections About Financial Aid: Pre, During, and Post-College (Tuesday, June 25, 2019: 9:45-10:45 AM)
Understanding Parent Comprehension and Attitudes about College Costs (Tuesday, June 25, 2019: 2:00-3:00 PM)
Recommendations From the Enhancing Loan Counseling Task Force (Wednesday, June 26, 2019: 10:15-11:15 AM)
Findings From NASFAA’s Consumer Testing on the New College Financing Sheet (Wednesday, June 26, 2019: 4:15-5:15 PM)
Who Struggles to Repay Their Student Loans and What Can Colleges Do to Help? (Wednesday, June 26, 2019: 4:15-5:15 PM)
Please visit NASFAA’s conference Media Center for more conference information and a list of on-site sessions that may be of interest to the media.
To request a complimentary media registration, or an interview with a NASFAA spokesperson during the conference, please email [email protected].
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 28,000 financial aid professionals at nearly 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every ten undergraduates in the United States. Based in Washington, D.C., NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. For more information, visit www.nasfaa.org.
Publication Date: 6/10/2019