July 14, 2013 – NASFAA’s National Conference begins today at Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas with over 2,400 in attendance. Keynote speaker, Freeman Hrabowski, named by Time Magazine in 2012 as one of the Top 100 most influential people in the world, will kick things off with what is sure to be a unique and highly inspirational speech. Later this afternoon Hrabowski will serve as the featured speaker at NASFAA’s interactive Diversity Caucus where he will share his personal story of success. His brief retrospective on how he achieved his goals and overcame obstacles will be followed by a question-and-answer session with conferees.
NASFAA President Justin Draeger will outline NASFAA’s public policy positions in a general session on Monday morning. In the last year NASFAA’s leaders have been involved in several advocacy campaigns on student loan indebtedness and interest rates and research projects aimed simplifying and strengthening the integrity of the student aid programs. Joining Draeger will be aid directors who chaired several NASFAA task forces on reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, student loan indebtedness, consumer information and award letters, and reimagining student aid design and delivery.
Also in attendance will be senior U.S. Department of Education (ED) staff members including Jeff Baker, director of policy liaison and implementation, and Carney McCullough, director of ED’s policy implementation group. Baker and McCullough are scheduled to host an open forum with NASFAA’s leaders on how to improve our country’s financial aid processes. ED will host a number of other sessions at the conference spanning a variety of topics including satisfactory academic progress, consumer disclosure requirements, cohort default rates, and tools to support higher education choice.
In addition to the featured speakers, more than 130 sessions in 16 different subject-matter tracks will provide valuable information for any attendee. Tracks include (among others):
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents nearly 20,000 financial aid professionals at more than 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. Each year, our members help nearly 15 million students receive funding for postsecondary education. In all, NASFAA member institutions served 97 percent of all federal student aid recipients in the US. Based in Washington, DC, 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: 7/14/2013