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Spring 2023 Conference Sessions

Wednesday, March 29

Executive Committee Meeting (Details to follow)


Thursday, March 30 

7:00 - 9:00 am: Exhibitor Set Up (Vendor Room)

8:30 - 11:00 am: Registration (Hallway) *will close during lunch

9:00 - 9:45 am: New Member Welcome Reception (Suite 1&2)

Host: Christine Tomczyk, University of Charleston

Brief Overview: This reception is meant to welcome new members to the association as well as allow them to meet some current members and fellow new members.

9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Exhibits Open (Vendor Room)

9:45 - 10:00 am: Break

10:00 am: - 10:45 pm: Welcome and Opening Remarks (Ballrooms A&C)

Speaker: Candi Frazier, WVU, WVASFAA President

Introduction of Featured Speaker, Executive Committee, Committee Chairs, Exhibitors, Other Special Guests & Newcomers.

Possible Awards: Years of Service, Lifetime Members Award, President's Award, Meritorious Service Award

10:45 - 11:00 am: Break

11:00 - 11:45 am: Breakout Sessions 

What Should Count as Estimated Financial Assistance?   (Ballroom A)

Speaker: Candi Frazier, WVU, WVASFAA President

Brief Description: This session will provide guidance on what should be counted as estimated financial assistance (EFA) including a discussion on gift cards, outside scholarships, stipends and graduation awards. Come prepared to share your school's best practices and experience.

Let's Talk Clock Hours (Ballroom C)

Speaker: Diann Clothier

Brief Description: The session will cover updates for the upcoming year, a few forms (verification, special circumstance request forms, Pell Schedules, etc), some EdExpress set up pointers, and then an open discussion about how schools are using ACE Advantage funding.

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REPAYE 2 -- The Other Loan Forgiveness Plan (Suite 1&2)

Speaker: Robert Bode, University of Wisconsin River Falls, WASFAA President

Brief Description: While the Biden Administration’s one-time loan forgiveness proposal has captured all the media attention, a recent notice of proposed rulemaking issued by ED in January promises to significantly change loan repayment for millions of borrowers in the future. This session will cover the proposed changes to the REPAYE program and how these changes can help your students with future loan payments.

11:45 - 12:00 pm: Break

12:00 - 1:45 pm: Luncheon and General Session  (Ballrooms A&C)

Speaker: Brent Tener, 2021-22 NASFAA National Chair (Virtual Presentation)

Brief Description: This will be an update on NASFAA association activities, professional development and training opportunities, and the volunteer and public policy work of the association. Learn how you can get involved in NASFAA activities.

1:45 - 2:00 pm: Break

2:00 - 4:30 pm: Exhibits Open (Vendor Room)

2:00 - 3:00 pm: General Session: Inside the Beltway  (Ballrooms A&C)

Speaker: Justin Draeger, NASFAA President (Virtual Presentation)

Brief Description: This NASFAA Federal Update will provide an overview of the latest happenings in Washington, including a high-level landscape of the current political climate in D.C. with a focus on federal financial aid policy and how it has impacted students and institutions in recent years. Overall trends in student aid will be discussed including recent legislative and regulatory activity, reauthorization proposals and predictions for how student aid funding will fare in future budget negotiations. Movement within the Department of Education concerning negotiated rulemaking and updates from Federal Student Aid (FSA) will also be discussed. The session will also provide an overview of NASFAA-led projects, services, and advocacy efforts.

3:00 - 3:15 pm: Break

3:15 - 4:15 pm: General Session: What Would You Do? Diversity Session  (Ballrooms A&C)

Speaker: Consuela Phillips, Valley College and Ed Cole, Eastern WV Community and Technical College

Brief Description: This session will present different scenarios pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and it will ask attendees to consider what they would do in the situations.

4:15 - 4:30 pm: Break

4:30 - 5:00 pm: Sector Meetings (TBD)

Groups: Public, Private/For Profit, Vendors and Community/Technical

Brief Description: Sector meetings are roundtable discussions for each sector to discuss happenings in our sectors, see if we are having similar roadblocks, and discuss potential solutions.

5:00 - 7:00 pm: Dinner on your own

7:00 pm: Game Night! (table and board games)  (Hotel Conference Room)

Friday, March 31

8:00 - 9:30 am: Breakfast Buffet  (Ballrooms A&C)

8:30 - 9:30 am: Business Meeting  (Ballrooms A&C)

9:30 - 9:45 am: Break

9:45 - 10:45 am: WV State Update  (Ballroom A&C)

Speaker: Brian Weingart

West Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
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