Student Loans, Gainful Employment, Consumer Disclosure & Financial Literacy Among Hot Topics At NASFAA’s 2014 National Conference

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Sen. Lamar Alexander, Bestselling Author Ron Clark, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Hedrick Smith To Address Financial Aid Professionals

April 28, 2014 – Media covering issues related to planning and paying for college will want to save the date for the 2014 National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) conference, held June 29 – July 2, 2014 at the brand-new Music City Center, located in the heart of vibrant downtown Nashville.

Known to many as "America's Educator," Ron Clark will kick off the conference with a lively opening session speech on Sunday, June 29 at 12:45 p.m. Clark, whose innovative projects working with minority students in low-income areas earned him national attention, will share his adventures in the classroom and speak of his experiences teaching in Harlem.

Attendees will also hear from Sen. Lamar Alexander (Monday, June 30, 12:00-1:15 pm), former Secretary of Education and current ranking Senate Republican overseeing education, labor and health, as well as former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent Hedrick Smith (Monday, June 30, 9:00-10:15 am).

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) will have multiple representatives on-site to host a number of informative sessions. Senior ED staff member Jeff Baker will chair three town hall meetings in which conferees can speak with NASFAA leadership and ED officials about how to improve federal regulations governing the financial aid process. In addition, a number of financial aid thought-leaders will address crucial higher education issues related to student financial aid, including funding for programs, ensuring access and success for all students and ideas for policy reform.

More than 100 sessions in 6 different subject-matter tracks will provide valuable information for any attendee. Tracks include:  

  • Department of Education Sessions
  • Best Practices in Compliance
  • Best Practices in Enrollment Management
  • Best Practices for Graduate/Professional Institutions
  • Best Practices for Leaders and Managers
  • Best Practices in Research

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About NASFAA’s National Conference 

The NASFAA National Conference is the premier event serving the student financial aid community with nearly 3,000 student aid professionals from across the nation in attendance. The conference provides valuable, up-to-date information on the student aid programs from veteran financial aid practitioners. The conference is a unique training and professional development opportunity that will equip student aid professionals with the tools they need to better serve students and families. Attendees can also receive individual guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and learn about product and software innovations from more than 65 exhibitors. See more at: