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What to expect at NASFAA: information, connections, solutions and more

Heading to the 2016 National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) annual conference? This year’s is a big one for NASFAA—they’re celebrating turning 50 years young. An estimated 3,000 financial aid professionals. Best practices. Industry leaders. Networking. Federal, industry, and school perspectives. It’s going to be a busy conference, here’s some things you might want to keep in mind:

Education Sessions Galore

Key to providing students with the help they need in terms of financial aid means keeping up with federal, industry, and school-related changes—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Information and best-practices will be shared in numerous sessions, each of which was reviewed and approved by a Task Force composed of financial aid, student services, training and scholarship specialists. The Task Force’s goal was to set up “quality educational sessions” that “reach the various interests and sectors of the NASFAA membership. We’re sure you’ve got your sessions already mapped out, but if not, here’s a brief update of the tracks and some topics:

  • Compliance: PPY, Program Reviews, Default Management Strategies, NASFAA Quiz Show
  • Enrollment and Retention: Program-Based SAP, Financial Literacy, PPY from an Admissions Perspective, Student Engagement, Financial Aid in a Hashtag World
  • Graduate and Professional Issues: Award Letters, Lack of Graduate Specific Outcomes Task Force Update, Income-Driven Repayment Plans
  • Leadership/Managers: PPY Implementation Case Studies, Loan Limits, Cross-Generational Competence, Student Employment Programs, Boost Student Engagement In the Aid Office, Introvert-Friendly Workplaces, Data Insights
  • Regulatory Implementation: Title IV, NSLDS Update, Federal Student Aid Enterprise Complaint System, Experimental Sites, Federal Cohort Default Rate, FSA ID, Cybersecurity Requirements,
  • Research & Data Analysis: Student Debt Burden, FAFSA Simplification, Results from NACUBO’s Tuition Discounting Survey

First Time at NASFAA? You’ve Got Support!

Conferences can be overwhelming for newbies (heck, they can be overwhelming for veteran conference goers at times)… where to go, what to see, feeling nervous about showing up on your own. NASFAA’s got you covered! The 2016 Conference Mentor Task Force is building on the event’s ‘welcome reception for first-time attendees’ and is adding networking events and creative ways to help newbie attendees “connect with colleagues” and make the most of the conference.

  • Buddy up with an assigned Conference Mentor. NASFAA wants to be sure your conference experience is positive, value-filled, and fun. June 28 is the deadline to be matched with a volunteer mentor. Simply fill out this form.
  • Visit the First-Time Attendee Lounge outside the main entrance to the Exhibit Hall. This space is set aside just for newbies to meet new contacts, make intros, and rendezvous with friends and colleagues.
  • Attend the First-Time Attendees’ Kick-Off Networking Event where you can meet the NASFAA National Chair, mentors, staff members and others.

65+ Exhibitors

CampusLogic will be in great company on the exhibit floor with more than 65 vendors across a host of categories set to attend. When you visit the vendor list, you’ll notice a small flag next to some vendors (like us!). This flag indicates that the business has a new product or service that you’ll want to check out.

Social Helps You Stay Connected

It’ll be a busy four days for conference attendees, and social media can help you stay connected. CampusLogic is the official Twitter sponsor of NASFAA 2016 (mobile rules, just ask your students!) and we’ll be live tweeting our FABS sessions, others may be as well. When you attend sessions, search for hashtags and handles to follow, so that when you leave the conference your Twitter feed will be filled with relevant streams of information long-term. If you’re new to Twitter, search for hashtags #NASFAATurns50, #FinAidSuperhero and #wemakefinaidawesome to stay up with what’s happening at the conference.

A retiree reunion, NASFAA Chorus, gala dinner and more are also on the radar, so pack your enthusiasm along with your business cards. See you there!

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