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    • June 27, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online


    In the fast-paced world of financial aid, staying organized and on top of tasks while ensuring compliance can be challenging. Join us as we delve into effective strategies for prioritization and planning specifically tailored for financial aid professionals. Learn how to distinguish between urgent and important tasks, break down complex projects, utilize time management techniques, and employ task management tools to optimize your workflow. We'll also explore essential compliance-related actions, including staying informed about regulatory changes, creating compliance checklists, and scheduling audits to ensure adherence to regulations. Don't miss this opportunity to streamline your workload, boost productivity, and excel in your role!

    Click here for more information and to access the event!

    • July 09, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online


    Join our expert panel for a second installment of the WTF(S): What the FAFSA Simplification?! series as we delve into the nuanced aspects of FAFSA Simplification that may have been overlooked amidst the broader changes. Our panelists will discuss critical topics such as emergency aid and OFA processes, handling unusual circumstances, and best practices for schools in documenting compliance for auditors. Gain valuable insights and practical strategies to navigate the complexities of these updates, ensuring your institution remains compliant and your students receive the support they need! There will be time for Q&A.

    Click here for more information and to access the event!

    • July 10, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Sinclair College, Dayton, Ohio
    Register

    Financial aid administrators are entrusted with significant responsibility, and the FAAC® designation affirms the professional commitment not only to those responsibilities, but also their commitment to uphold the highest ethical standards.

    Since 2019, an elite group of more than 550 financial aid professionals have earned the esteemed FAAC® designation — and you now have the opportunity to access an intensive preparation course to help you prepare for NASFAA's Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Program knowledge exam! At this in-person workshop, you will use a suite of materials prepared by NASFAA.

    Registered participants will receive a comprehensive set of preparation resources and complimentary access to the certification knowledge exam. Resources include: 

    • Exam preparation guide for candidates
    • Self-assessment worksheet
    • Exam preparation workshop handouts
    • Practice exam and diagnostic report

    This full workshop is $250 for MASFAA members, and $350 for non-MASFAA members. This is a significant cost savings as the exam and Exam Preparation Guide are $450 if purchased directly from NASFAA  and that doesn't include an in-person preparation workshop!

    Lunch is provided and included in the registration fee. 

    Change And Cancellation Information

    You may request to cancel your registration for a full refund until June 19, 2024. After that time, you will be charged the full registration cost. Requests must be submitted to the Treasurer (treasurer@masfaaweb.net) in writing to be considered. 

    Registration fees may be transferred to another individual up to 14 days before the event begins. Requests must be submitted to the Treasurer-Elect (treasurer-elect@masfaaweb.net) in writing to be considered. Transferring registration fees to another individual may require the recipient to become a MASFAA member in accordance with the registration policies for the event. Memberships are non-transferrable.

    PARTICIPANT CONDUCT

    All participants must agree to abide by the MASFAA Appropriate Behavior and Conduct Clause.

    • July 17, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (CDT)
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
    Register

    Financial aid administrators are entrusted with significant responsibility, and the FAAC® designation affirms the professional commitment not only to those responsibilities, but also their commitment to uphold the highest ethical standards.

    Since 2019, an elite group of more than 550 financial aid professionals have earned the esteemed FAAC® designation — and you now have the opportunity to access an intensive preparation course to help you prepare for NASFAA's Certified Financial Aid Administrator® (CFAA) Program knowledge exam! At this in-person workshop, you will use a suite of materials prepared by NASFAA.

    Registered participants will receive a comprehensive set of preparation resources and complimentary access to the certification knowledge exam. Resources include: 

    • Exam preparation guide for candidates
    • Self-assessment worksheet
    • Exam preparation workshop handouts
    • Practice exam and diagnostic report

    This full workshop is $250 for MASFAA members, and $350 for non-MASFAA members. This is a significant cost savings as the exam and Exam Preparation Guide are $450 if purchased directly from NASFAA  and that doesn't include an in-person preparation workshop!

    Lunch is provided and included in the registration fee. 

    Change And Cancellation Information

    You may request to cancel your registration for a full refund until June 26, 2024. After that time, you will be charged the full registration cost. Requests must be submitted to the Treasurer (treasurer@masfaaweb.net) in writing to be considered. 

    Registration fees may be transferred to another individual up to 14 days before the event begins. Requests must be submitted to the Treasurer-Elect (treasurer-elect@masfaaweb.net) in writing to be considered. Transferring registration fees to another individual may require the recipient to become a MASFAA member in accordance with the registration policies for the event. Memberships are non-transferrable.

    PARTICIPANT CONDUCT

    All participants must agree to abide by the MASFAA Appropriate Behavior and Conduct Clause.

    • July 17, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    MASFAA's Equality Talk Book Club

    How to be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi

    Our live, online, discussion for this book will be held on July 17, at 11 am (Central).


    Mission Statement: As leaders of the financial aid community, it is our goal and duty to help students obtain access to a college education and achieve their educational goals. By expanding our understanding of diverse groups, book club members will strive to think critically and inclusively to inform decision-making, the populations we serve, and our communities at-large. 

    MASFAA’s Equality Talk is designed to

    • Expand participants’ awareness and appreciation of diversity 
    • Promote open and extended discussion of inclusion and equity issues
    • Provide a safe setting to be vulnerable as we expand our knowledge of critical issues 
    • Connect and enhance the feeling of community within the organization

    Join MASFAA's book club and converse on these important topics with your Midwest colleagues. Check out the Equality Talk Book Club page here.

    • July 18, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online

    With encouragement from Dolly Parton, we'll hold the sugar, not talk in circles, avoid the mumbo-jumbo jive, stop the guessing games, translate our gibberish, and instead just spit it out real plain! Continued scrutiny on the transparency and clarity of financial aid impacts all of us, so this session will help attendees consider how inclusive, accessible, plain, and trauma informed language and tools can support our improvement efforts. Sharing from research and industry experts, we'll cover topics to help us all use more student-centric and jargon-free language when speaking to students, their families, and campus and community members about financial aid.

    See Karla present at NASFAA? That’s OK! In this session, she’ll cover some of the highlights from her NASFAA session but go into some of the more practical things you can do to improve your financial aid communications and connect with students.

    Click here for more information and to register for the event!

    • July 25, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    The Graduate Aid Network provides a collaborative space for financial aid administrators to engage in casual discussions, fostering a dynamic platform for shared insights and mutual learning. Facilitating valuable exchanges, administrators can explore key topics shaping the landscape of graduate-level financial aid, enhancing their collective knowledge and expertise in an informal and supportive environment.

    • September 12, 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online

    Join us for an illuminating session designed to demystify financial aid associations and uncover rewarding volunteering prospects. From state to national levels, explore the roles and significance of these associations, with a special focus on MASFAA. Learn step-by-step how to engage in volunteering with MASFAA and discover the personal and professional growth opportunities it presents. Whether you're new to the field or a seasoned professional, this webinar offers valuable insights and pathways for active involvement in shaping the future of financial aid.

    If you have any interest in volunteering with MASFAA but haven’t before, we encourage you to come to this session to learn how to get involved and what the different committees do!

    Click here for more information and to register for the event!

    • October 07, 2024
    • October 10, 2024
    • Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, Columbus, OH
    Register

    Thank you for your interest in supporting the 2024 MASFAA Annual Conference! Your involvement helps make this event possible. This registration form will allow you to select from a variety of exhibitor and sponsorship options. Your final cost will be determined by the combination of sponsorship opportunities you select. Payment may be made via credit card or check.

    Package Opportunities

    Champion Package - $4,400*

    • 2024 Conference Benefits
      • Preferential Exhibit Booth location
      • 2 complimentary registrations
      • Attendee List
      • Keynote or General Session Moderator
      • Full page ad in program
      • Registration packet insert
      • Business Solutions Session  (Limited availability. Offered based on registration date.)
    • Advertising for 2024-25, Full Year (Nov-Oct)
      • Web banner ad (1950 px by 250 px)
      • Newsletter recognition

    *Total savings of $2,050 compared to purchasing separately.

    Sustainer Package - $3,300*

    • 2024 Conference Benefits
      • Preferential Exhibit Booth location (after Champions)
      • 1 complimentary registrations
      • Attendee List
      • Interest Session Moderator
      • Half page ad in program
      • Registration packet insert
      • Business Solutions Session  (Limited availability. Offered based on registration date.)
    • Advertising for 2024-25, 6 Months (Nov-Apr)
      • Web banner ad (1950 px by 250 px)
      • Newsletter recognition

    *Total savings of $1,250 versus purchasing separately

    Please visit our Support page for detailed information about additional sponsorship opportunities!

    For questions, please contact Karen Leveque-Szawara, Associate Member Relations Chair, at kleveque@depaul.edu.

    • October 07, 2024
    • October 10, 2024
    • The Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, Columbus, OH
    Register


    Fees

     Early Bird (Through September 6) Standard (September 7-October 2) 
    FAAC Prep Workshop & Full Conference    
     MASFAA Members Only  $700 $750
    Full Conference     
    MASFAA/OASFAA Member $400 $450 
     Retiree  $200 $225
    All Other Non-Members $500 $550 
     Single Day
     
    MASFAA Members Only  $210  $235


    Full conference registration includes:

    • Beverage breaks and afternoon snacks.
    • Breakfast on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
    • Lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday.
    • Dinner on Monday and Tuesday.
    • Pre-conference sessions: Two NASFAA Credentials and a Director's Roundtable.
    • Access to all sessions (including NASFAA & ED) and all exhibits.

    FAAC Prep Workshop attendees also get:

    • Hot coffee/tea on Monday morning.
    • Lunch on Monday.

    Each participant is responsible for covering their own travel, lodging, other meal costs, and incidental expenses.

    Cancelation & Change Policies

    All requests to cancel registration for a 100% refund must be submitted in writing to the Treasurer (treasurer@masfaaweb.net) by September 22, 2024. Late refund requests up to 15 days after the event will be considered on a case by case basis.

    Paid registration may be transferred to another individual within the same institution (and also a MASFAA Member) up to 7 days before the conference begins. Requests must be submitted to the Treasurer-Elect (treasurer-elect@masfaaweb.net) in writing to be considered.

    Participant Conduct

    All participants must agree to abide by the MASFAA Appropriate Behavior and Conduct Clause.

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