Virtual Conference Schedule

This is the full schedule for the NASFAA 2022 virtual conference. All sessions, except the NASFAA U Authorized Event, will be recorded and made available post-conference for on-demand viewing to all roster members at registered institutions. To learn more about our presenters, select their names to read their bios.

Registered attendees: access your sessions & available handouts.

Monday, July 11, 2022

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET - Pre-Conference Diversity Session: How to Be an Inclusive Leader for Justice and Equity

Speaker: Dr. Artika Tyner, University of St. Thomas

This presentation focuses on developing practical strategies for leading inclusively. Dr. Tyner will discuss tangible ways you can use your leadership skills to build an inclusive workplace and learning community. She will provide a pathway for participants to effect change through reflecting on and grappling with unconscious and implicit biases, encouraging honest discussions, and taking action to change organizational behavior for the better. Competence in these areas manifests in healthy workplace relations, peak optimized performance, positive morale, and the betterment of society. Dr. Tyner's Leadership Framework for Action™ provides four stages of learning:

    • Intrapersonal (engaging in self-discovery)
    • Interpersonal (building an authentic relationship with others)
    • Organizational (establishing strategic outcomes and promoting equity)
    • Societal (developing sustainable, durable solutions)

As participants embark on a learning journey within each of these stages, they are making a commitment to serve as leaders who will make a difference in the world. Each participant will develop the tools to reimagine one's self as an innovator, builder, and change agent.

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET - NASFAA U Authorized Event: Verification

Speakers: Tonya Hsiung, NASFAA, and David Downing, NASFAA

Verification is the process used by the institution to check the accuracy of the information the student and, in the case of a dependent student, the student's parents, provided when applying for Title IV federal student aid via the FAFSA. Information is verified by obtaining documentation, including in some cases a signed statement or worksheet attesting to the accuracy of the information. Verification ensures the accuracy of data used to establish eligibility for need-based federal student aid. This session will explain the various aspects of verification and the documents required to complete the process. Completion of the session qualifies individuals to take the corresponding NASFAA Professional Credential Verification test.

Please note: this session will NOT be recorded.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET - Opening Session Keynote Speaker: Post-Pandemic Higher Education – Where are the Challenges and the Opportunities?

Moderator: Sharon Oliver, North Carolina Central University 
Speakers: Kevin Kruger, NASPA; Brent Tener, Vanderbilt University; and Justin Draeger, NASFAA

As higher education emerges from the pandemic, it is clear that many of the short-term impacts experienced during the pandemic are here to stay. These new factors and longer-term trends that were in place before the pandemic are resulting in a series of unprecedented challenges for higher education. But within these challenges are significant opportunities as well. Dr. Kruger will explore both potential barriers and new possibilities for the future of student affairs in this fast-paced interactive program.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET - Interest Session: Developing and Implementing a Strategic, Student-Friendly Compliance Initiative 

Moderator: Jason Crowe, New York University
Speakers: Becky Maxson, Cornell University; Gena Boling, Cornell University; and Lisa Clark, Cornell University

Compliance — you can't do it alone! Join us for this session as we discuss how the Office of the University Registrar, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Office of Enrollment Compliance & Design joined forces to conquer compliance. We'll touch on successful initiatives involving collaboration, communication, and cohesion. We'll review lessons learned, share how we secured resources for compliance development, and discuss our move to a culture of compliance.

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET - Interest Session: How to Effectively Serve Online Students

Speakers: Sara Lambie, Indiana University; Portia Gilmore, Northwestern University; and Melissa Sersland, Northwestern University

The needs of online students differ from those of students who attend classes on campus, and the number of online students has grown exponentially in 2020. Financial aid administrators encountered unique challenges serving students across time and distance before the pandemic, and now also contend with even greater challenges. Learn how staff at Indiana University Online and Northwestern University are collaborating across their institutions to establish multiple touchpoints throughout the student lifecycle and how they've adapted to serve a greater population of online students. 

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET - Conference Entertainment: Felix & Fingers Dueling Pianos

Join us Tuesday evening for this high energy, all request, interactive show that will have you dancing in your seat and singing at the top of your lungs! Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos promises to deliver a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Come prepared with a list of your favorite songs to request and get ready to have some fun. Watch this short promo video to learn more about what you can expect.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET - Interest Session: Myth Busted: Students Don't Read Their Emails

Speakers: Sarah Everitt, Gonzaga University, and Heather L. Rosinbum, University of Arizona

A common complaint among financial aid staff is that students don't read the emails we send them. This session will combat the myth that students don't read, nor care about the communication from the financial aid office. The presenters will share how they improved and evolved communication efforts from their offices, including how to write more inclusive emails, provide information free of barriers, and leverage different mediums to get students to comply with requests.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET - Interest Session: COVID-19's Effect on Student Financial Wellness and Student Engagement: Lessons Learned for the Future

Moderator: Jeff Webster, Trellis Company
Speakers: Carla Fletcher and Philip Schuman, Trellis Company 

While the COVID-19 pandemic made all postsecondary education challenging, this was especially so for community college students. The Trellis Company Student Financial Wellness Survey was adapted to better capture the effect of the crisis on college students' financial wellness, including access to technology and effect of remote learning, and their ability to stay engaged with their school. Learn how some institutions adapted to this unprecedented challenge and what lessons can be drawn from the experience.

Trellis will share poignant and sobering findings from our research, the panel will set these within the context of on-going challenges and lessons learned within institutions. The crisis crystallized thinking about the importance of in-person interactions within a college setting, while shining a light on the uneven access to technology and how the non-academic side of students can affect their ability to be successful students. These insights can help drive campus student success initiatives while also underscoring the importance of engagement in the formulation of public policy.

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET - Interest Session: Student All Access: Listening to the Student Perspective

Moderator: Melet Leafgreen, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Speakers: Danchees Ingram, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Consuela Perez, Southern Methodist University

Hear from college students from all sectors in higher education representing both public and private institutions, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, historically Black colleges and universities, and graduate/professional universities so we can engage in a dialogue to better understand how best to provide financial aid services to students. The moderator-panel discussion will be informal, with the expectation that students will introduce themselves, briefly describe their college, and then be open to answering audience questions.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET - Interest Session: Celebrating 10 Years of DACA While Awaiting Its Uncertain Future

Speaker: Angela Adams, Adams Immigration Law, LLC

Ten years ago, on June 15, 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was announced. More than 800,000 people have benefited from DACA in the last 10 years, yet the future of the program remains uncertain. This session will cover the various legal challenges to DACA, past and present, as well as the current administration's efforts to codify DACA through the rulemaking process. Will the future of DACA be decided by the judicial, the legislative, or the executive branch, and what would that look like? We will cover useful resources and information about financing college for DACA students and questions around the FAFSA, financial aid, and alternative funding sources.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET - Interest Session: FAFSA Simplification

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET - Update on FAFSA Simplification from ED

Speakers: David Bartnicki, Cameron Washington, and Linnea Hengst, U.S. Department of Education 

Join officials from the U.S. Department of Education as they provide updates on their work on upcoming FAFSA Simplification changes effective for 2023-24 and to the Pell eligibility and Federal Methodology (FM) formula changes from the FAFSA Simplification Act that become effective in the 2024-25 award year.

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET - Using NASFAA's SAI Modeling Tool to Anticipate Impact of Upcoming Pell and FM Changes on Your Campus

Speakers: Jill Desjean, NASFAA; JoEllen Renee Price, Houston Community College; Alex DeLonis, Wabash College

Join NASFAA policy staff and financial aid administrators for a look at NASFAA's SAI Modeling Tool. After a brief overview of the tool, financial aid administrators will share how they are using the tool on their campuses to plan for the Pell eligibility and Federal Methodology (FM) formula changes from the FAFSA Simplification Act that become effective in the 2024-25 award year.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET - Interest Session: Estimating the Student Aid Index: Research From Iowa and Wisconsin  

Moderator: Nicholas Hillman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Speakers: Helen Faith, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Chad Olson, Iowa State University; and Mark Wiederspan, Iowa College Aid 

Join us for a data-driven and practice-oriented discussion about the Student Aid Index (SAI) and how, starting in award year 2024-25, it will replace the expected family contribution (EFC). The data-driven side of this session shows how researchers simulated the SAI formula for the state of Iowa and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to see (a) how students' SAI differs from their EFC, and (b) how these differences will affect students' Pell Grant eligibility. The practice-oriented side shows how aid administrators are preparing for these changes and their effects on packaging strategies, budgets, other need-based aid programs, and its (un)intended consequences

Friday, July 15, 2022

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET - Interest Session: Planning for Your Future: Professional Development and Succession Planning

Speaker: Vanessa Martineau, Western Governors University

Financial aid is a profession that demands continual learning and growth. No matter what point you're at in your career, professional development plays a critical role in helping you to advance and effectively serve students. Succession planning ensures that when it's time to take the next step, you've already set up your successor for success. This session will teach participants how to create a Professional Development Plan (PDP), explore opportunities available to financial aid administrators, and provide guidance for getting started with succession planning. Participants should walk away with motivation, tools, and ideas to fuel their career growth and development!

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. ET - Closing Session: NASFAA's Washington Roundup

Speakers: Justin Draeger, NASFAA and Karen McCarthy, NASFAA

The NASFAA Policy Update will include the latest updates on what's happening in Washington related to student aid policy. The Policy Team will provide updates on student loan forgiveness, upcoming regulations, and NASFAA's policy work.

Registered attendees, don't forget to complete your short session registrations and access your sessions.

Publication Date: 7/14/2022

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